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Stour Valley Volunteers

The Stour Valley Volunteers play a valuable role in the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley, undertaking practical habitat management within the area.

Volunteers carry out practical conservation tasks every other Wednesday. This work is carried out throughout the Stour Valley on nature reserves and private land. The tasks are designed to maintain and improve the environment for wildlife, recreation and landscape quality.

The work is seasonal by nature and a typical year will include:

  • Woodland Management including the ancient arts of coppicing, and layering as well as planting sections of new woodland and hedgerow.
  • Grassland Management cutting and raking valuable areas of ancient grassland to promote wildflowers such as orchids.
  • Maintaining Rights of Way building bridges, steps and boardwalks along the public rights of way that criss cross the Stour valley.
  • Promoting biodiversity by building homes and improving habitat for threatened species such as otters, dormice and barn owls or by maintaining a tree nursery for rare native trees.

People of all fitness levels are welcome, and previous experience isn’t necessary.

For more information and a schedule of upcoming work please see the Stour Valley Volunteers diary of tasks (to March 2019)

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