Northam Burrows events in March.

Conservation projects on Northam Burrows and in neighbouring nature reserves are  in full swing. Over the next few months Torridge rangers will be looking to carry out a whole range of tasks aimed at looking after these green spaces, improving wildlife and nature habitats, and making these more accessible for both residents and visitors. At the same time, the rangers will also be busy organising and running a series of fun and educational activities to encourage families to get outdoors during the school holidays.

Vital to the success of these schemes are the many volunteers that give up their time to help out with the projects, and the council’s recruitment campaign is now underway. Previous participants have commented on how taking part has been a great way to get fit, whilst also learning new skills and a unique way to experience some of the wonderful nature reserves dotted across the district. In a similar vein, the experience days are designed to teach locals and holiday makers about the wildlife to be discovered on the area’s beaches in the mud and rockpools.

The events are designed for all abilities and allow people to participate at their own pace while feeling good about making a positive contribution to the environment.

The current events schedule can be found on the council’s Northam Burrows web pages www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrowsevents but includes the following opportunities:

Wednesday 13th March – 10am – 3pm – Footpath improvements Northam Burrows Country Park.

Wednesday 20th March – 10am – 3pm – Dune fencing Northam Burrows Country Park.

Sunday 24th March – 10am – 12pm – Beach clean Westward Ho! – meet on slipway.

All events are free to attend with no experience necessary and tools provided for the various tasks. However, pre-booking is essential, partly so that people can be contacted if there are any changes as a result of weather and ground conditions. Participants are also advised to bring suitable clothing, footwear and a packed lunch and refreshments.

The beach cleans above are great for all the family, but additional events during the half term include:

Tuesday 13th February – 2pm – 4pm – Mud dipping Northam Burrows Country Park, meet Greysand car park.

Thursday 15th February – 2pm – 4pm – Rockpool Ramble Northam Burrows Country Park, meet near Westward Ho! Slipway.

The rangers particularly need help with the tasks at Kenwith Valley nature reserve in Bideford. The lake and surrounding area are one of Torridge’s hidden gems, so taking part in the planned events will be an opportunity to learn more about this less well known location and its abundant wildlife.

People are welcome to attend for part of the sessions if they cannot attend for the full day. You can email [email protected] or telephone 01237 479708 to book a place or find out more.

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