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Newsletter No. 202

The Black Country Geological Society

August 2010

Bringing Communities and Wildlife Together...

Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme is an exciting new project that works in partnership with local people and communities across the Black Country to forge new links with their local wildlife sites and green spaces, enabling them to care for and improve local green spaces for people and for wildlife. Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme has been awarded £442,438 by Natural England as part of its Access to Nature Programme, funded by £25 million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces Programme.

Led by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, the project offers opportunities for everyone to get actively involved with their environment. The project aims to deliver:

  • An improved natural environment

  • To build stronger communities

  • To promote healthier lifestyles and active volunteering

  • To deliver lifelong learning through environmental education

  • To highlight the region’s geological heritage

Whether you are an individual, community group, business or school, if you want support or advice on environmental or wildlife issues or would like to: create opportunities to get involved with nature; encourage participation with events and activities; or would like help in planning environmental projects; finding funding; resources or volunteers, Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme will help and support you.

In partnership with the Black Country Geological Society, Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme is currently planning volunteering opportunities to help improve and maintain geological features. We hope these volunteering days will highlight the region's geological heritage and engage and educate local people about the wealth of geology in the Black Country. If you would like to participate in future volunteering opportunities to help us in protecting and preserving some of the region's geological features please contact Julia Morris (contact details below), Andy Harrison (Andrew_Harrison@urscorp.com) or Alan Cutler to find out more.

If you would like further information, would like support or would like to be involved with the project's activities please contact Julia Morris, Black Country Living Landscape Community Involvement Programme Team Leader and Liaison Officer for Walsall on 0121 505 4429 or 07791 070895 or email Julia.m@bcll.org.uk or take a look on the website www.bcll.org.uk

(With this Newsletter Members will also receive Volunteer Information and Enquiry forms. See also Editorial above for more information. Ed.)

Volunteers Please!

The Wren's Nest wardens are seeking volunteers to help with maintenance work from late October onwards. The work would involve scrub clearance from rock faces and possibly hedge laying in January 2011. It will involve 3 weekdays in October, November and January.

If you think you can spare time for either of these projects please contact Andy Harrison and state likely availability (weekdays and/or weekends), mob: 07973 330706 or email: andrew_harrison@urscorp.com

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