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.
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.
- 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 – 21:00 – Zoom 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 – 21:00 – Zoom 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 – 21:00 – Old 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
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 May – Old 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 May – Old Baptist Chapel and Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Grassland and Hay Meadow Monitoring
Evening of Friday 10th and morning of Saturday 11th June – Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Moth Trapping and Identification
Date TBC June – An Introduction to Dragonfly Identification and Monitoring
Saturday 2nd July – Tewkesbury 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: email@example.com.
With thanks for images by James Hargreave, Lindesy McEwen, and CD Productions.