Otter spotting training

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Learn how to survey for otters in the breathtaking surroundings of Lopwell Dam!

Join experts from Devon Biological Record Centre to discover more about the world of otters.

This FREE session will provide you with everything you need to carry out survey across the AONB.

A free lunch will be provided. Please dress for the weather, wear walking boots or wellies.

Booking essential as places are limited. Book with Caroline at the Devon Biological Record Centre – email cjones@devonwildlifetrust.org or call 01392 274128

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Apple Grafting

6 Mar applesFind out more about the fine art of apple grafting this spring and take a tree home with you! Join Dave Readman and Simon Platten (Tamar Grow Local) to find out about the theory, enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Tamar Grow Local, and then get into the practical work in the afternoon (outside if fine weather). There will then be a chance to take a tree home! Volunteers will also be required at the end of the session to take the grafted trees to Harrowbarrow to heal them in and keep them safe before planting the following Saturday (14th March).

All equipment and materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided for this FREE event. Please note: participants should be confident about handling a knife and will be assessed by the supervisors for safety. Booking essential as places are limited.

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Woodland plant workshop

4 March woodsDo you know your alder from you beech? Your ramson from your three-cornered leek? And why are our woodlands so special?

Find out more with Ian Bennallick in this introduction to identifying flowering plants, trees and ferns in the magical woodlands on the Cotehele estate. A presentation in the morning will be followed by site visits in the afternoon, and will provide you with all you need to carry out surveys throughout the AONB. A free lunch will be provided.

Please dress for the weather and wear sensible shoes. Sorry no dogs.

Booking essential as places are limited. More information will be given on booking.

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Kit Hill: Jack’s Shaft & medieval field system

28 Feb Kit HillPractical day clearing gorse and small trees from this small mine and tracing the field system on the north side of Kit Hill. All tools, hot drinks and lunch (unless stated otherwise) will be provided, however please feel free to bring your own. Led by Jenny Heskett.

Meet Kit Hill north view car park (second on left of summit road) SX377715.

Please let us know if you wish to attend.

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Pond survey and ID training

28 Feb pondJoin our pond expert to cover species ID, survey methodology and data collection in the beautiful setting of the Garden House. The session will provide you with everything you need to know to start recording the wonderful world of ponds.

 

Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free of charge. More details to follow.

Booking is required as spaces are limited.

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FREE Training; Walking for Health

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Walk Leader Training – learn how to lead a walk, carry out a risk assessment and locate suitable routes!  

 To book your place, or for further information, please contact Becki at the Tamar Valley AONB team – 01822 835030, rlumbis@tamarvalley.org.uk.

Thursday 26th February, 10:00am – 4:00pm, at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, near Gunnislake.

We are looking for volunteers to help us establish a new walking group that is aimed at people with little or no experience of walking, helping them become and stay more active. We are looking for volunteers to help us establish a new walking group that is aimed at people with little or no experience of walking, helping them become and stay more active.

Walking is easy, free and accessible to nearly everyone, no matter what their physical abilities or health. Even better, walking in a group provides not only the physical benefits of walking, but also the opportunity for social contact and the support of others.

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Landscape Monitoring training

3 Feb MonitoringJoin us for an informal training workshop to find out more about the Tamar Valley landscape and how monitoring informs conservation.

Indoor group activities will be followed by a nearby site visit, providing you with all the skills to carry out monitoring activities over a wider area and across more themes. There will also be the opportunity to use a new smartphone app ‘Rate my View’ to record your personal responses to the landscape.

Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free of charge. Booking essential. Further information will be given on booking.

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Orchard pruning volunteer training day

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At Tinnel Farm Cottage, near Pentillie Castle (PL12 6QG). Turn off the Saltash to Callington road at Paynters Cross, follow the lane past the entrance to Pentillie and continue for nearly a mile to the first left turn. Turn left and follow the lane to a T junction, turn left and see the white cottage on your left.

Join Helping Hands for Heritage (HH4H) to learn the art and skills of pruning old Cornish apple varieties in the historic landscape of Pentillie at the Tinnel orchard. We will work with feet firmly on the ground to prune out dead, diseased and crowded branches on middle aged, unpruned apple trees to let more light and air into the framework of each tree. This will encourage greater health, longer life and better fruiting in the trees.

We will cover safe work techniques and hand tool use, a background to the orchard site, different varieties of apple trees and their uses, and methods of care and pruning suitable for each tree. The day will be run by Dave Readman.

Please dress warmly for the weather on the day with sturdy footwear. All training, lunch, refreshments and tools provided but if you have favourite secateurs, pruning saw, loppers and gloves, please bring them.

Part of the Tamar Valley AONB ‘Helping Hands for Heritage’ project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to build the capacity of volunteers in the Tamar Valley AONB.

Booking is essential for this event: numbers are limited. Please contact  the Tamar Valley AONB to book, or for any more information.

volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk 01822 835 030

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CANCELLED Pond survey training

19 Feb pondJoin expert Alan Rowland to cover species ID, survey methodology and data collection in the stunning grounds of Pentillie Castle. The session will provide you with everything you need to know to start recording the wonderful world of ponds. More details given on booking.

Lunch and all refreshments will be provided free of charge. Booking is required as spaces are limited.

 UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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