Get your hands dirty with real conservation work improving habitats and curbing scrub ingress in some of best sites in Yorkshire. Work groups go out from November till the end of March, usually a Sunday 10am -3pm. All tools are provided and everyone including escorted children are welcome so bring the whole family. We are a friendly bunch and there is a great exchange of ideas and experiences and new friends are made. There is great satisfaction at the end of day looking back at what everyone has achieved when it seemed impossible when you started! If we are lucky at the end of a cold day we get to go for a warming cuppa at a local cafe or best of all a clear up bonfire with embers used for jacket potatoes... nothing tastes quite that good after hard graft!
We have 55 regularly walked transects in Yorkshire and many more transects walkers. This is a fascinating role and you learn so much about the wildlife in your local area walking the same route each week. Often transects are shared so everyone gets a chance and holidays and work are covered. You get the chance to enter all your records into the Butterfly Monitoring scheme portal and take a peak at all the other transects. You can also look at your whole years data year on year and compare. One of the most satifying of roles!
Recording and conserving butterflies in your own garden
Outreach: Helping with events
We attend a host of events all over the county and we need helpers to explain what we do. Its great fun and we usually take live insect caught the night before and we are often in beautiful places inside or out. If you have apassion for our subject this is a great way of expressing it to influence others and to meet a whole variety of interesting people.
Joining the committee allows you to immerse yourself in branch activities in a host of different roles and contribute more fully to policy and decision making.