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Do your bit for the moors

This is an archived press release

Thursday 20 June 2013

Volunteer Training Days for people interested in joining Moors for the Future Partnership’s new Community Science project are to be held in the Peak District National Park.

Local people – whether keen moorland walkers, runners or general enthusiasts for the moors - are invited to come along to sign-up sessions at Edale and Crowden in Derbyshire and Holme Village and Sheffield in Yorkshire.

There they will learn what is involved in becoming ‘MoorCitizens’and how they can help make a difference  to protect the moorland landscape.

The day will begin with an introduction to the project, which is designed to involve local communities in monitoring how climate change is affecting their local moors and in helping to conserve them for future generations.

Participants will learn how to identify Bilberry and Tree and Red-tailed bumblebees and be given their all-important monitoring pack to get them started.

They will also receive training in scientific monitoring techniques and learn about personal safety on the moors.  Anyone completing the training will be able to carry out their own surveys along the Pennine Way – either on their own or with a group of friends.  And then be able to spread the word and pass on their skills to fellow volunteers.

Community Science project manager Gareth Roberts said:

“For some of the survey work, volunteers will have to receive training before they go up onto the moors.  As well as being informative we’re aiming to make sure the day is fun too – a chance for people to meet and get to know like-minded volunteers in what’s set to be a really exciting new initiative.”

Volunteer Days are scheduled to take place in:

  • The Moorland Visitor Centre, Edale,  Saturday June 22, 10am -1pm
  • Crowden Youth Hostel Association, Longdendale,
    Glossop Saturday June 29, 10am-1pm
  • Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate, Sunday July 7,
    10am -1pm
  • Holme Village, Chapel Hall, Saturday July 13, 10am-1pm
  • Sheffield Wildlife Trust’s HQ, Sheffield, Saturday July 20, 10am -1pm.

Volunteers can attend any location and no previous experience is required.  Participants should bring a packed lunch, a drink and have waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots. 

Special training events can be organised for clubs or groups that would like to get involved.  All potential participants should email gareth.roberts@peakdistrict.gov.uk to say they are planning to attend. 

The Community Science project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water. 

This is an archived press release

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