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Strensall Common work parties 2017

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Map showing some of the numerous ponds at Strensall Common. Work parties are starting on scrub around pond nos. 19 and 20 from January 2017

Map showing some of the numerous ponds at Strensall Common. Work parties are starting on scrub around the two ponds in the SE most grid square, (the area with the intriguing name ‘World’s End’) from January 2017

World's End Pond, Strensall common near York, a great site for dragonflies and many other freshwater species.

World’s End Pond, Strensall common near York, a great site for dragonflies and many other freshwater species.

 

The Freshwater Habitats Trust is teaming up with the Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation in the new year to carry out some scrub clearance work in the World’s End area of Strensall Common, see attached poster for info! Additional volunteers will be made very welcome…a nice bit of fresh air and exercise following the festive season. Tools and instruction provided – just bring a lunch if you are there for the day, 10am-3pm.

“We’ll be working around ponds 19 & 20 at World’s End”, says Anne Heathcote, Project Officer for Freshwater Habitats Trust, “so it’s a bit of a walk from Strensall, but we are looking at gaining access from the A64 if that is easier.” If you can make it to any of the sessions just drop her a line at a.heathcote@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk Further access details will be emailed in due course, so you could register your interest now. This is part of a Flagship Ponds project – see details on this pond work parties flyer:

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Dates are

January: Sat 7th and Fri 20th;

February: Sat 11th and Fri 24th;

March: Sat 11th and Fri 24th.

The Worlds End project is a joint conservation project that brings together Butterfly Conservation, Natural England, Yorkshire Dragonfly Group, Freshwater Habitats Trust the local Fungi group and students from York University. The groups aims are to try and take back control of the Worlds End site which at the moment is going to disappear due to lack of scrub control. Many Dragonfly species can be seen at Worlds End along with many more species of Flora and Fauna. It is hoped more groups will join the project and especially they hope to encourage the younger generation to get involved. A dedicated Facebook group has been set up for the interested parties, including volunteers to stay in touch.

Strensall Common, World’s End Facebook group

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Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost! As a Daddy I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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