A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

The Lizard volunteers carry out a variety of tasks for us helping with practical jobs around the NNR, including:

  • Construction of fencing (both permanent and temporary) in order that we can manage the livestock that form an important part of habitat management.
  • Assisting with the regular checking and moving of our herd of ponies.
  • Scrub management which involves clearing targeted sites which contain some of the rare or uncommon plants for which the Lizard is famous.
  • Improving access for locals and visitors by carrying out work on the footpaths, building walk ways, and clearing entrances to the NNR's.
  • Controlled burning of small blocks of heathland in order to give us the age structure that is so important for a whole range of species of plants, birds and insects.

One recent project undertaken entirely by our volunteers was the design and building of a new observation hide overlooking the pools at the back of our workshops here at Bochym, this new facility will be used by visiting school parties and other groups who use the site here for educational use.

     


Volunteers also help us with species recording on the NNR including carrying out plant, butterfly and bird surveys as part of our long term monitoring programmes.

The volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds from an ex Culdrose helicopter pilot, a retired police officer, a retired printer, some have worked with us for several years and have received training to enable them to drive our off road vehicles and tractors, use clearing saws and wood chippers. We also take on students who want to gain some experience of practical work in nature conservation during their time off from schools, colleges and universities.

The benefits to the NNR are incredible, the benefits to the permanent NNR staff are immeasurable, the volunteers help us keep our feet firmly on the ground, they constructively question why we carry out certain activities, the often come up with solutions to practical problems, they are excellent company and they definitely help to keep us sane. So from the Lizard NNR team to our volunteers a big THANK YOU.

PS. don't forget to bring the cakes on Tuesday.

 

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