If fresh air, physical work and a deep sense of satisfaction are what you are after, then look no further! By volunteering at a work party, you will help with essential tasks to restore or maintain important butterfly and moth habitats.When you join a work party you will learn all about the specific habitat requirements of target species and how to manage for them. While the tasks vary, some features don’t change. You will enjoy friendly company, be provided with hand tools and health and safety equipment and of course the all-important tea and biscuit supplies!

As well as the positive impacts on the environment, conservation volunteering brings a host of benefits including improved physical and mental health and wellbeing, and increased levels of positivity, as a result of the physical activity and contact with green space.  We have more work parties than ever before this season. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a pack lunch if you plan to stay all day. Get in touch with the site contact if you have any questions about volunteering.


 

Crundale Valley Area
Natural England work closely with farmers and landowners to improve biodiversity across these sites. Duke of Burgundy and Black-veined moth are
target species for conservation work.

23rd February 2020 – Godmersham estate – clearing low scrub for Black Veined moth
Meet 10.00am at Godmersham Church, Godmersham nr Canterbury CT4 7DS.   Grid ref : TR061 504
Contact Dan Tuson - Daniel.J.Tuson@naturalengland.org.uk


Blackheath/Greenwich

Both  are 10am-1pm. Bring sturdy boots, suitable warm/waterproof clothes, gardening gloves if you have them (but gloves will be provided) and any favourite tools you have that you would like to bring (gardening tools will be available too). Tasks include tackling encroaching holm and turkey oaks, gorse coppicing, bramble scalloping and litter picking to help maintain the sites for the acid grassland and semi-improved grassland and a wide range of butterflies & moths. It should be a fun event with lots of lovely enthusiastic people, so please join us if you can! Thank you!

Saturday 29th February 2020 – Vanbrugh Pits northern section
Meet at TQ 39680 77169 in the pits, between Maze Hill and Vanbrugh Park SE3, opposite Parkside Flats
Contact Joe Beale (@email) or Nathan Jones (njones@kentbutterflies.org) for more info

Saturday 14th March 2020 – Hyde Vale
Meet at TQ 38719 76919, approximately where Cade Road meets General Wolfe Road and not far from Ranger's House
Contact Joe Beale (@email) or Nathan Jones (njones@kentbutterflies.org) for more info


Blean Woods, Canterbury
A Kent Wildlife Trust reserve, the ancient semi-natural woodland of the
Blean is home to critically endangered Heath Fritillaries as well as many other lepidoptera species.
Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Contact: Will Douglas - William.Douglas@kentwildlife.org.uk