Spring Newsletter 2016

18672330841_5df9b6c790_oWelcome to Spring and our new website.  We hope you will enjoy exploring our updated photos and information.  Keep an eye out for our latest events especially the exciting new Young Roots project which will involve inviting families to join in with improving the River Wye.

 

Green Thursday and WDC

Some of our regular volunteers preparing for the day

Green Thursday volunteers do great work in and around High Wycombe improving local sites for the benefit of people and wildlife. See photo on the left of some of our regular volunteers preparing for the day.  Over the past few months they have been improving a site for the seriously declining Duke of Burgundy butterfly, restoring heathland, improving footpaths, removing litter and more. They have even managed to get some free cakes while ‘Cleaning for the Queen’ and a barbeque lunch courtesy of the Chilterns Conservation Board while being part of the Chilterns Annual Scrub Bash.

 

We continue to work with Wycombe District Council to manage their woodlands and other reserves, carrying out a variety of tasks to ensure the sites remain to be valued community assets.  Recently we have carried out some tree safety work, coppicing, thinning, planting and litter clearing (that is a bit of an understatement, some of the litter includes beds, mattresses, tyres and a chest of drawers) with almost all of the work being completed with the help of our volunteers.  We also managed to put in a Kingfisher box (which is a lot more complicated than you might think and actually took most of the day) in Funges Meadow Nature Reserve.  Gomm’s Wood Local Nature Reserve was a great venue for our Coppice Craft Family Event attended by over 20 people, all of whom enjoyed making bows and whistles and, of course, toasting marshmallows.  Look out for more events going on in a woodland, river or grassland near you, we expect to have similar events running throughout the summer.

If you have a bit of free time why not come along and join us for a session.  There is no commitment, we would love to see you at one, two or any number of sessions.  We meet every Thursday at 10.00am in the car park adjacent to the swimming pool on The Rye.

Litter picking in Castlefield

Cleaning for the Queen – litter picking in Castlefield

 

‘Be a Ranger for a Day’ team building sessions

I7F_6355Are you interested in having a more effective team at work?  Book your staff on to a ‘Be a Ranger for a Day’!

However big or small your business, we can find a project that can cater for your needs. We provide a safe, challenging, entertaining and ultimately rewarding day for your team. Your work helps the woodlands and nature reserves to naturally regenerate allowing a range of wildlife to flourish from wildflowers, bees and butterflies to birds and mammals.

Research has shown that allowing your team to volunteer in this way improves the following:

  • I7F_6406staff moral
  • staff motivation
  • interpersonal skills
  • communication
  • brand reputation

So your small investment can have excellent results!

The photos above were taken at a corporate team building session last week when they helped clear the River Wye of logs and plants.

Comments from a couple of the participants – “I have to say that it was one of the best activities that I have been involved in and would do it again”.

“The Chiltern Rangers were great, and all in all a brilliant team-building day, lots of laughter and fun alongside the hard work”.

 

See John’s interview with Mix 96

In January Darren and Katy from Mix 96 had a great time volunteering with us at Walkwood in Beaconsfield.  Click on the link below to hear what happened:

Mix96 blog 468529-1000x1000http://www.mix96.co.uk/volunteering.php

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to John Taylor

John TaylorWe have a new member of staff!  A big welcome to John Taylor who has been a volunteer with us for over a year including as a warden at Keep Hill Wood & Funges Meadow.  He is now also working for us as a paid member of staff.  John will be helping the rangers with conservation sessions and Forest Ranger School sessions.

 

A snippet for Spring!

The photo below of a sweet chestnut tree in Pepperbox Wood (Woodland Trust) is a great example of why we often leave fallen trees in the woods.  They provide a unique habitat for ferns, fungi, mosses and lichens to thrive which provides ideal conditions for mini-beasts and other creatures to hibernate in the winter and provide food for the birds.

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Finally – see what Chiltern Rangers achieved last week.

We worked with 10 groups:

  • Chesham Environment Group20294000561_ceba3d1058_k
  • Chesham Natural History Society
  • Chesham Museum
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture
  • Thames Water
  • Environment Agency
  • Revive the Wye
  • 7th Micklefield Scouts
  • Green Thursday
  • Green Monday

On 5 different sites:

  • Cholesbury Camp
  • Gomm’s Wood LNR
  • Funges Meadow
  • Wooburn Park
  • Hazlemere Wood (Holmer Green Road)

With 4 different land owners – WDC, private land owner, Hazlemere Parish Council & Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council.

70 volunteers contributed 270 hours of their time – THANK YOU.

We cleared 33 bags of rubbish plus 4 tyres, plastic piping, gas fire …and a dinosaur bone! (Possibly a cow’s bone but hey ho)

We made 200 cups of tea and gave out over 400 biscuits!

Happy Easter to all our friends and supporters

From the Chiltern Rangers team