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                  Events Programme - Spring 2017 

Wednesday 22nd February  - Volunteering after Natural Disasters

Guy Mandziuk was born in York, grew up in Dunnington, attended Dunnington Primary School, was a member of Dunnington scouts group and played for the mighty Dunnington F.C. Guy is now on a graduate scheme with Unilever, but prior to joining the company spent two months volunteering in 35 degrees heat and 90% humidity with a dedicated group of volunteers from around the world to support building work after the 2013 typhoon Yolanda that devastated parts of South East Asia, and the Philippines in particular. During the summer of 2016 Guy flew to Nepal to join All Hands Volunteers, an American NGO, to help rebuilding after the 2015 major Nepal earthquake. Guy will give us an illustrated presentation on his inspiring experiences in the face of these natural disasters, at 8pm in the Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

 Monday 20th March -  Exploring the Wildlife of Namibia

Local expert amateur naturalist Terry Weston will be giving us another of his annual photographic extravaganzas in the Reading Room at  7.30pm, this time on the spectacular wildlife of Namibia, by kind invitation of the Dunnington Conservation Group. Admission is free.

 Saturday 8th April  -  Visit to Drax Powerstation and Nature Reserve

We will meet at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 9.30am. Please let Linda know the week before on 489127 or ramaggs96@gmail.com if you will be coming or need a lift. Between 10.15am and 11.45am we visit the Skylark Centre and the adjacent Nature Reserve at Barlow Mound, which is a unique ecological setting with over 100 species of wildlife in the new natural environment which has now been transformed into an area of natural beauty. At 12 noon, we plan to have lunch at at Comus Inn in Camblesforth before our guided visit to Drax powerstation at 2pm.

Wednesday 24th May -  York’s St Nicholas Fields Nature Reserve & AGM

Jonathan Dent is the Nature Reserve Manager of the St Nicholas Field Nature Reserve, which has claims to be “the Green Heart of York”. It is 24 acres of unique green space just a mile from York city centre between an industrial zone and a housing estate. It became a Local Nature Reserve in 2004 to conserve and maintain a diverse range of habitats to sustain wildlife. It now contains a great variety of trees, plants, shrubs, birds and butterflies. Current projects include improving the management of water courses in York’s becks, including the conservation of local water voles. Jonathan’s illustrated talk will immediately follow our AGM. Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

 

Saturday 3rd June -   Cycle Ride to Ellerton Church

Meet at 11am outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane for our cycle ride to Ellerton Church, with the chance also to visit the nearby Aughton church. Bring a packed lunch.

 

Woodland Working Parties  -  Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 11th February, 11th March, 1st April, 6th May, 10th June, 8th July and 5th August so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the wood end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

 

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