LOHP Practical Conservation Volunteer
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SummaryLittle Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP) Practical Conservation Volunteers restore and create wildlife habitats and work to improve access to the countryside.
We work across a range of sites with varied habitats and carry out a variety of tasks, including cutting and removing fen vegetation, hedge planting, pond work, scrub clearance and bonfires. Due to the sensitive nature of the sites, during the main breeding season for birds (April to June inclusive) work parties may be cancelled or substituted with other suitable activities.
Work parties take place on LOHP owned and leased land along the Little Ouse on the Norfolk and Suffolk border currently between the villages of Garboldisham and Redgrave. We also work closely with neighbouring landowners on their sites such as Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
We run weekly work parties every Wednesday - morning sessions 9.00am to 12.00pm and afternoon sessions 12.30pm to 3.30pm (or you can stay all day), Thursday mornings 9.00am to 12.00pm and Sunday mornings 10.00am to 1.00pm (2nd Sunday of the month), other days and times may be available just ask. You can stay for as little or as long as you like, just let us know that you are leaving. During certain times of year some sessions may be cancelled or substituted with other suitable activities. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to take part, as a full training and guidance will be provided.
Volunteering is a social event and there are usually plenty of opportunities to mingle and chat with other volunteers. There are two organised annual social events one during the summer and one around Christmas time. These are enjoyable get-togethers and a chance for us to thank all the volunteers for their hard work. Previous events have included guided walks around nature reserves, mini-conference, talks, and BBQs.
The LOHP newsletter, website and social media enables volunteers to keep up to date with projects and to find out what else LOHP has been working on recently.
About Little Ouse Headwaters Project
Our long-term aims are: To re-create and maintain a continuous corridor of wildlife habitat along the headwaters of the Little Ouse by improving the wildlife diversity where appropriate, restoring natural river features improving water quality; To facilitate rural regeneration and land-use diversification; To improve recreation, amenity and education value for the community; To improve landscape quality and safeguard against flooding.
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