On Friday we said goodbye to Virginia, who has been our European volunteer for the past year. She will be around for the next few weeks working at the Beacons and then Leeds festivals. But the year has gone by really quick and we are grateful for all the hard work that she has put into to help BEES. It is appreciated and Virginia will be missed. So it is good luck Virginia for the future where ever that takes you.
The Big Butterfly Count is now on. It is easy to complete and will provide useful data on the nation's butterflies. Follow the link: www.bigbutterflycount.org
We are looking to recruit a volunteer driver to support the BEES Wildlife Field Visits.
BEES Wildlife Field Visit Group is organised and led by a group of dedicated volunteers. They devise a programme of visits throughout the year to explore wildlife rich sites, varying from local Bradford sites, places across Yorkshire and further afield. The visits are a great way to learn about birds, flowers and other plants.
We are not just looking for a driver, but someone who is interested in the trips in their own right. The driver will be with the group through the day so will need to be interested in wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.
We would ask anyone who is interested to attend a couple of trips before committing to driving. More info about past and future trips can be viewed here.
We are looking for a fairly long term commitment as we need to know it is worth inducting a driver and paying for the midas test. However we are not looking for weekly commitment, but to add to a pool of drivers.
Previous experience driving a minibus is desirable. D1 category on driving license essential. The volunteer will have to pass a MIDAS driving assessment.
BEES, and the minibus, are based at Culture Fusion on Thornton Road. This is where volunteer drivers would report.
Please contact the office if you would like to to discuss this opportunity.
Unfortunately, due to the weather, we are changing tomorrows task.
The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust have had to cancel because of the snow on the ground and forecasts of further snowfall in the Dales. We are discussing with them if we can reschedule and include the task on the new programme.
Meanwhile, come as normal to BEES on Friday for a local task, probably tree thinning at Brackenhill. We may also do some indoor bird box preparation...we will know for sure by tomorrow morning!
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Change to original destination and task.
We will be working on the river bank at Darnbrook Farm, near Arncliffe in a lovely part of the Yorkshire Dales. We will be helping the Yorkshire Dales River Trust to construct tree guards around the river side trees. We are departing at 9.30am and you need to book a place on the minibus if you wish to come.
Extra task oganised: Thursday 14th March 2013 Esholt Sports and Social Club, Esholt Lane, Esholt, BD17.
The latest YWT newsletter is now available.
You can view it online here
If the snow has not melted it is unlikely that we will be able to go ahead with the tree planting at Dewsbury Country Park on Friday 25th January. The technique for this site is planting the trees into a 'trench' already prepared by a tractor. If the snow is covering the ground then we will not be able to see where the trench is.
We can now confirm that the tree planting will not go ahead but will be rescheduled to Friday 1st March. As an alternative we will return to Brackenhill ULA to continue with the willow coppicing that we started last week. This will improve the area and increase the potential for different species of plants.
We have decided to cancel tomorrow's (22nd January) WFV Social event because of the adverse weather conditions.
At this stage there is no plan to reschedule the event, sorry for any disappointment.