Conservation group seeking volunteers for scrub cutting
A conservation group is inviting people to join them to carry out practical tasks across West Cornwall this winter.
The volunteers meet every week to undertake habitat management tasks as part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Wild Penwith project.
The initiative works with local farmers and landowners to restore and re-connect wildlife habitats and improve water quality across the area.
On October 1, they are hoping new volunteers will join them to cut light scrub which is invading ungrazed heath near Trewellard.
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There is another opportunity to join in on October 5 when there will be a scrub cutting party working around an ancient Iron Age settlement near Morvah.
A member of the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network will be on hand at both events to explain the history of the sites.
Stuart Coleman, Wild Penwith project manager, said: "The Wild Penwith volunteer group offers a unique service to farmers participating in the Wild Penwith project.
"We are really pleased with the ongoing support from South West Water which will enable the group to continue until March 2014.
"As well as a number of Saturday community events, we are planning regular monthly tasks which volunteers can come along to. It is a fantastic opportunity to see more of the Penwith countryside and learn about the local landscape."
Much of the Penwith peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The area is characterised by central granite moors, steep river valleys to the north and gently sloping river-valleys supporting nationally significant wetlands and heathlands to the south.
Penwith has a rich historical landscape with Bronze Age field systems and prehistoric ritual monuments alongside remnants of an industrial past.
The project, which is supported through grant funding from the Tubney Charitable Trust, South West Water and the Environment Agency, is targeted at creating a "living landscape" in which wildlife and people can prosper.
In addition to practical conservation tasks, the project also offers free farm surveys, advice and reports on wildlife, soil and nutrients.
Staff also work alongside Natural England to assist with Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) applications.
Its work with farmers through South West Water's Upstream Thinking project also helps ensure clean water in local streams and Drift Reservoir, which supplies drinking water for Newlyn and Penzance.
For further information on the two forthcoming events, call Mr Coleman on 01872 273939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org