17 present. Apologies from Geoff Fewkes and Doreen Smith.

The work of the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers). John Ankers, project officer at the Local BTCV, was due to give this talk but had to withdraw because of family illness. Martin Lockett substituted for him.

BTCV is now a national and international organisation. It has two arms, charitable and trading (BTCV Enterprises). Martin spoke about the former. BTCV offers:

  • Conservation holidays in the UK and abroad, working on practical conservation tasks.
  • Midweek tasks, working with volunteers on specific projects. This benefits both the community and the individuals, who learn new skills.
  • Conservation work in conjunction with schools, landowners etc to promote and/or establish wildlife area, sensory gardens etc.
  • Community support, liaising between groups and local council, helping to get access to funding, running small projects etc.

There are apprenticeships for volunteer officers, who may go on to become staff officers. BTCV welcomes groups such as D of E groups, who want to take part in conservation projects.

More information about the BTCV is available from Walter or the Local office.

Bird boxes for the ridge. John Appleton gave details of the materials required and their cost. A small group would meet at John’s house on 14 May to make boxes. Final details will be given at the next meeting

Visit to Treswell Wood. Arrangements were finalised

Date of next meeting. There will NOT be a meeting on 1st May. The next meeting will be on 8th May

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