As part of our Green Lung Project, we are hosting a set of free workshops running from February to October 2022 to enhance green skills, volunteering capabilities and environmental employability within Tewkesbury. Workshops will be tailored around the reserve as a case study. The programme, outlined below, is aimed at existing and new reserve volunteers, but also interested locals and potential interns for our new 2022 internship schemes.

Programme outline

Within the programme there are two focuses: 1. improving community wellbeing by enhancing overall ecological knowledge including of habitats on the reserve and research skills and 2. increasing capabilities to assess and improve habitat health through developed species identification and practical conservation skills.

Community Wellbeing

  1. Ecological Thinking

Thursday 10th February, 19:30 – 21:00 Old Baptist Chapel – Exploring Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services.and Land-use Tensions

Thursday 24rd February, 19:30 – 21:00 Old Baptist Chapel – The Challenges of Climate Change and Methods for Developing Climate Change Resilience

Wednesday 9th March, 19:30 – 21:00 Old Baptist Chapel – Discussing Rewilding and Conservation Strategies, with Pat Barber, Tewkesbury Nature Reserve and Hayley Fleming, Natural England.

Wednesday 16th March, 19:30 – 21:00Zoom Webinar – An Introduction to Invasive Species, with Professor Anne Goodenough, University of Gloucestershire.

2. Being a Citizen Scientist and Nature Connectedness

Date TBC March, 19:30 – 21:00Zoom webinar – A Conversation about Health and Wellbeing, Nature Connectedness and Social Prescribing, guest Seakers to be confirmed

Wednesday 6th April, 19:30 – 21:00 Old Baptist Chapel – What it means to be a Citizen Scientist and an Introduction to Research Methods

Wednesday 13th April, 19:30 – 21:00Old Baptist Chapel – An Introduction to Science Communication Methods, with Professor Lindsey McEwen, UWE Bristol

Saturday 30th April, 10:00 – 15:00 Old Baptist Chapel and Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Outdoor Leadership Training

Habitat Health

Workshops within this section are to be held during the day on Saturdays, likely between 10am and 3pm, with comfort breaks.

3. Monitoring and Identification

Date TBC May A Beginners Guide to Bird Identification

Saturday 14th MayOld Baptist Chapel and Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Mammal Surveying, with Lizzie Croose, Vincent Wildlife Trust

Date TBC May – Water Quality Monitoring using Freshwater Invertebrates

Saturday 28th MayOld Baptist Chapel and Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Grassland and Hay Meadow Monitoring

Evening of Friday 10th and morning of Saturday 11th JuneTewkesbury Nature Reserve – Moth Trapping and Identification

Date TBC June – An Introduction to Dragonfly Identification and Monitoring

Saturday 2nd JulyTewkesbury Nature Reserve – How to Identify and Record Butterflies

Date TBC July – River Characteristics and Monitoring, including Physical Features and Rehabilitation Methods, with Professor Lindsey McEwen, UWE Bristol

4. Practical Maintenance

Date TBC August – Scything for Beginners

Date TBC August – Floodplain Grassland Management

Date TBC September – Reed Bed Management

Saturday 8th October, 10:00 – 15:00 Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Hedgelaying

Date TBC October – Bringing it all Together: Managing a Community Flood Plain Nature Reserve

When and where will it be held?

Workshop locations, dates and times will be announced shortly, but will be held either online, at the reserve or venues local to Tewkesbury. Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for updates, and express your interest using the form below!

How do I sign up?

If you have any questions, please email: learning@tewkesburynaturereserve.org.uk.

With thanks for images by James Hargreave, Lindesy McEwen, and CD Productions.