Volunteers are needed this Sunday 20th March to help with the management of Wharncliffe Heathlands  Nature Reserve.

The task this weekend is controlling the thousands of birch saplings that grow in amongst the heather on the reserves. If left to grow the birch will eventually shade out the heather and the open heathland habitat will be lost. Many species depend on this type of habitat, in particular the night jar. In the past decade Wharncliffe Heathlands has supported a breeding pair of these rare night flying birds. Later in the year there will be a night time walk on the reserve   to observe night jars once they have arrived from their winter home in central Africa.

The first “birch bash” of 2016 will take place on Sunday 20th March from 11.00am to 4.00.pm

Meet at the R Don bridge on Station Road, Deepcar (map reference SK 291 980 /post code S36 2SQ) at 11.00.

Wear stout footwear and bring warm clothes and some lunch.  Tools will be provided Under 18s are welcome but will need to be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Pete 07903 341065 or Dave on 07515 106966 or

visit http://www.wharncliffeheathlandstrust.org.uk