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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Volunteering in Dorset during the Napoli ship wreck

It is interesting to read about the involvement of volunteers from Dorset Wildlife Trust in the aftermath of the shipwreck as sea birds became smothered in oil.
The link will take you to their volunteers newsletter web site. ( click on the post title)
There is comment on other more normal activities they get up to.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Avill Valley in North Hawkwell Woods , Exmoor National Park

If you know Exmoor you will probably know this location as Snowdrop Valley. The photographs taken on 15th Feb 2007 show some of the magic of this beautifully conserved natural wonder, but you really have to see it for yourself. It made me think of William Wordsworth's poem,written almost exactly 200 years ago, " I wandered lonely as a Cloud....". Having just read it again I am sure he could have written it after visiting this place. Lines in verse two say,

"Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance"
and again in verse three,
"I gazed- and gazed- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought"

But there is much more than just drifts of snowdrops. People travel 1000's of miles to visit rain forest but in this very steep sided valley in an area with good rainfall the walk shows an equally fascinating display of lichens, mosses, ferns and fungi and its right in our own back garden!. If anyone can identify them for me from the photographs I would be grateful.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Butterfly Spotters

This invitation to members of the Trust is shown on their web site. ( see link on this blog.)

The Heart of the Levels local group is particularly interested in encouraging our local members to take up this opportunity as we see the East Poldens as very much our local patch. We know our members visit the reserves in the area and it would be a great service to the Trust if they could play some part in this activity.

WANTED: Butterfly Spotters
WANTED: keen, fit and able volunteers to walk on sunny summer days, on some hilly reserves on the eastern Polden Hills near Somerton to count butterflies.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer butterfly recorder and can identify common butterflies (how about the one above?) please go to the volunteering opportunities page on this website or contact volunteer development manager Carolynn Jureidini, 01823 652400