With a nature reserve, 4 orchards and a community woodland to look after there are plenty of opportunities to carry out conservation work whether clearing undergrowth, planting flowers and shrubs or sitting at home helping with admin. Sometimes we organise specific conservation events when anyone available can turn up and help but the times and dates may not suit everyone so some people take on responsibility for specific tasks and do them when it is more convenient for them. Notification of when events are on is by e-mail but may also be advertised on the website or on noticeboards on the sites.
Training can be arranged if there is a demand for a particular activity from identification of plants through to use of strimmers and other powered machinery. The group owns manual and powered tools, a marquee, propane gas cooker and kettles, butterfly and insect nets etc.
These are some of the activities carried out by members:
Planting native bulbs and wildflowers
Pruning fruit trees
Constructing nest, insect, bat and dormice boxes
Putting up nest, insect , bat and dormice boxes
Pinning up notices
Cutting down trees
Representing the group at presentations
Creating this website
Organising wildlife courses
Putting up the marquee
Writing policy documents
Applying for funding
All work is carried out on a voluntary basis but school and college leavers along with adult job-seekers should note that experience of this kind of work can be useful in job interviews. You do not have to be a resident and some of our existing members live in Barry, Penarth, Cardiff and the Valleys.
Contact us if you would like to help