Summer volunteer activities

Volunteers at Catel Fort. Photo by Andrew KoesterJersey Conservation Volunteers have announced a few extra ‘summer’ (if we ever get one) conservation tasks. These activities will follow the usual format i.e. be on the second Sunday of the month, well, apart from the August one! All will start and finish at the usual times of 10.30 to 13.00. The provisional programme is as follows:

Sunday 14th July

Holm oak Quercus ilex is an invasive species growing on the sports pitch at Quennevais. The task will be to prise saplings from the ground in order to stop the threat of them escaping across the fence onto Les Blanches Banques SSI. Meet at the car park to the west of (behind) Quennevais Sport Centre and bring spades and gloves

Sunday 18th August

Cutting wet meadows in the way that hay meadows were traditionally managed is the best way to improve the diversity of plants found there. This task will involve raking the cut hay into piles at Le Petit Pré SSI. Meet at the playing field car park opposite Trinity School and bring rakes and gloves.

Sunday 8th SeptemberVictoria College students clear hottentot fig at Noirmont, March 2013. Photo by Department of the Environment

Bracken management at Noirmont SSI. An old favourite! The smothering layer of bracken on the coastal slopes will be raked away in order to encourage the native flora to come back. Meet at the middle car park at Noirmont Common armed with rakes and gloves.

Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and/or waterproofs! Cold drinks and biscuits will be provided. JCV very much hope to see you at one, or at all of these events.

The JCV winter tasks will start again in October as usual and the itinerary will be posted later in the year. Check here for details or keep visiting Birds On The Edge.