August Volunteer Workdays and Events
Here are our upcoming volunteer workdays and events for the month of August 2016. I look forward to seeing you out there with us.
3/8 Snowdon Footpath Maintenance, Snowdon: Come and help us maintain some the most popular footpaths in the country. The footpaths of Snowdon are in constant need of maintenance as they are walked on by 600,000 people a year. If you love mountain hiking and use these footpaths yourself, then this is the volunteer day for you.
6/8 Invasive Species Talk, Plas Tan y Bwlch: Invasive species are a huge problem in Wales, especially within our National Parks. What is being done about them and how is our work making a difference? Come along to find the answers to these questions and ask your own. We will be joined by officers from the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Dee Invasives and Plant Life. Each will give their own take on the current issues surrounding invasive species. Optional walk after lunch to visit Plas Tan y Bwlch woodland and learn about the work that is ongoing concerning invasive species. *Free Transport from Caernarfon and Bangor
10/8 Litter Pick, Ogwen Valley: Litter is an unfortunate side effect of being a popular area within a National Park. There are few areas more popular than the Ogwen valley within Snowdonia and so litter has become a big problem for the area. Working alongside the National Trust we will be giving a section of this valley a deep clean. Come and help us clean up this mess and raise awareness to reduce future littering. *Free Transport from Caernarfon and Bangor
13/8 Wild Flower ID Course, Treborth: Ever wanted to be able to identify the flowers you see in our beautiful countryside? Yes, then this is the course for you. Come and learn about the intricacy of flora identification and pick up a few tips on how to improve your own knowledge base. The botanical garden at Treborth is an ideal setting and a botanists dream. From the moment you finish, this excellent course will have you scouring the countryside for our incredible wild flowers.
16/8 Snowdon Litter Pick, Snowdon: We are teaming up with the Snowdonia National Park Authority Wardens Team to survey the litter on the Mountain. Using GPS Dataloggers, the information we collect on the day will be mapped and made available for anyone to access. The information we gather on the day will help educate people on the litter problem around Snowdon as well as give us a reference point for future litter surveys.
20/8 Scything & Habitat Managment, Pensychnant: The Pensychnant Conservation Centre is a fabulous source of information and a conservationists dream. Come and give the centre a hand to maintain its marsh and learn the old skill of scything. The maintenance work that we do on the day will help encourage the continued growth of several beautiful flowers including the Heath Spotted Orchid. *Free Transport from Caernarfon and Bangor
23/8 + 26/8 Charcoal Making, Abergwyngregyn: Each year the management team at Abergwyngregyn coppice the Alder woodland on a 10 year rotation system. This woodland management technique means that the Alder woodland can continue to thrive in the area. The result of the coppice is a good stock of Alder wood that is used to create charcoal on site. Come and learn how to create charcoal from scratch using the Alder that our volunteers cut down earlier in the year. The process does take time which is why this is a two-day event on the 23/8 and 26/8. You are not required to attend both days but it would be preferable.
30/8 Dry Stone Walling, Ogwen Valley: The art of dry stone walling can be seen all over the Snowdonia National Park. However, the skill required to construct a dry stone wall in the style of the region is unknown to most. Join us, and learn the basics through helping to construct one of these beautiful structures. No previous experience required, although it’s an excellent chance to practice your dry stone walling skills and share any experience you may have.
Tŷ Hyll: Wildlife Garden, every Monday: An opportunity to help maintain the beautiful garden and woodland at Tŷ Hyll.