Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in May

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Suffolk’s Seaside Shepherd: On Orford Ness in Feb

 

Andrew Capell with lambAndrew Capell is a Shepherd working for the National Trust at Orford Ness and other sites on the Suffolk coast.  Andrew has been looking after sheep for over 30 years and he currently cares for the flock of over 100 as well as working with the sheep to maximise habitat conservation on the Ness, Europe's largest vegetated shingle spit...................

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Is a Wild Days holiday for me?

Enjoyed a walking holiday but wondered where it was going? Interested in wildlife but never quite see it? If you're looking for a sociable and stimulating break with likeminded people, or if you've ever thought a working holiday would be great, but shame about the hair-shirts and communal living, then a Wild Days holiday is definitely for you.

DSC_0139'In fact being spoilt with good food and comfort are key ingredients of Wild Days Conservation programmes', said Peter Lynch, Author of ‘Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering – The Complete Guide’, published by Bradt.

Creature Comforts

‘We’re not about sleeping bags and bunk houses or cooking your own food and doing the washing up’ adds Wild Days' founder Kathy Gill. ‘Our ‘citizen science’ activities might be hard work and we will have to rise early some days but we’re also about enjoying the beautiful countryside, comfortable accommodation and eating the best local food available.’

What to expect:

 - Unique insight into UK wildlife
 - An active holiday - with a purpose
 - Expert input - talks, walks and technique
 - Great food, locally sourced - all included
 - Interesting companions and lively discussion
 - Comfortable (usually single) rooms

West Lexham :: Wild Days Conservation :: www.wilddaysconservation.org

Still wondering if a Wild Days holiday is for you? Find out why others have been attracted...

Beach Holidays – the Wild Days way!

Soar Mill Cove, Devon :: wilddaysconservation.org

‘This is the beach
where the flip flops come
at the end of their
flip flop trip.

And where does a
flip flop trip begin?’

(from Flip Flotsam, by Elspeth Murray)

Flip-flops, Lego, plastic ducks: unlikely subjects for scientific research but surprisingly, excellent ingredients for the perfect beach holiday! All of these have played a part in increasing our understanding of the workings of ocean currents; a few interesting facts:

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Renowned journalist reviews a weekend with us in Dorset……………

By Peter Lynch
Author of ‘Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering – The Complete Guide’, published by Bradt.

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There’s no reason why a holiday shouldn’t be about self-indulgence but they can also be meaningful. Volunteering holidays are also on the increase – doing something consequential and worthwhile instead of just ‘me’ centred? Maybe helping endangered wild animals or doing something that helps reduce our destructive impact on the planet?

For years I have been hooked on ‘hands-on’ volunteer wildlife holidays, which are so much more interesting than being carted around on a safari tour bus, all too often looking at morose, semi-wild animals in a game park.

These types of holiday in exotic destinations, where you’re personally and practically involved, are exciting, enjoyable and inspirational, but they can be pretty expensive and may not suit everyone.

When returning from an overseas trip, full of eco-enthusiasm, I’ve always been disappointed to find so little support for similar activities in the UK – even though we’ve wiped out proportionately more of our native species than most of the underdeveloped countries we’re trying to help!

So I am excited to find that at last someone has realised that there’s as much need for wildlife and landscape conservation volunteering in the UK as there is in far flung countries. Continue reading

Springwatch is back! We’re giving away a Wild Days holiday to celebrate

It’s our favourite TV programme and we’re so excited Springwatch is back!

Springwatch surprise! Weasel - Wild Days Cosnervation - Wildlife conservation and research holidays in the UKTo celebrate its return to the BBC this year we are offering a free place on our 2 day taster experience in Dorset, running from Thurs 26th to Saturday 28th June. You can come and join us as we collect data for the UK Mammal Atlas project and help to manage the landscape at one of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s most beautiful protected areas.

To enter simply click here and tell us in 100 words what inspires you about the British countryside.

 

[Edit: well, obviously the deadline has passed now, and the lucky winner has already spent a lovely weekend with us. Watch this space for more opportunities though…] Continue reading