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Monday, 21 August 2017

Help plant 3000 Autumn Hawkbit plug plants to provide food for Twite!



Volunteers needed!  Please see below the note from Katie Aspin of the RSPB:

As you may be aware, the Twite Recovery Project has been working with farmers to increase food availability for Twite during the breeding season, mainly through restoring hay meadows with key Twite food plants including Dandelion, Common Sorrel and Autumn Hawkbit.  Autumn Hawkbit is an important food source for Twite late in the breeding season, however, botanical surveys last year showed that this species hasn’t taken particularly well in some of the reseeded meadows.  Natural England have therefore approved a grant to buy some Autumn Hawkbit plug plants, which we hope will do better than the seed.  We are looking for volunteers to help us to plant these plug plants in September at farms near to Ripponden, Rishworth and Marsden.  If anyone would like to help out, please let me know which dates you could make from the list below:

Monday 18th September
Tuesday 19th September
Monday 25th September
Tuesday 26th September

Any time you could give would be very much appreciated, we have over 3000 plug plants to plant!

Many thanks,
Katie Aspin
Twite Project Officer (working days Monday - Wednesday) 
Email : Katrina.Aspin @rspb.org.uk
The RSPB, Northern England Region, Westleigh Mews, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QD
Tel 01484 868431
Mobile 07736722177



1 comment:

Steve Blacksmith said...

Would anyone like to join a Halifax Scientific Society volunteer group to help the RSPB and Twite?

It would be good bonding for the HSS members, working and taking our snack break together, just as happens on walks.

Mondays and Tuesdays are both good for me, but only from 11.00am on Mondays, when I can pick up with the car from the bus at Ripponden;
On Tuesdays I can pick up in Halifax at 1.00pm.

Steve