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Practical conservation work days  

Grizedale Volunteer DaysWe have put together what we hope is a varied and exciting programme of practical sessions for the coming months, working in different areas on lots of different tasks so hopefully there is something to interest everyone! 

Please note that work days may have different meeting points.

Volunteers tree planting at Brows Wood near WhinlatterSaturday 17 June - Tree Care
CANCELLED - Apologies for any inconveniance, new dates will be announced shortly.

Thursday 29 June
Trail inspection training, re-arranged from the cancelled date in March.
Meet at Whinlatter Rangers' Office at 10am.

We carry out regular inspections of all the walking trails at Whinlatter and Dodd Wood, to check conditions of the trails and highlight any maintenance or tree surgery work that needs to be carried out.

We are looking for some volunteers that might like to help with these inspections.  The training session on the 29 June is to explain everything you need to know and what would be expected.  After the training it will be a very flexible task that can be done whenever you have some spare time.

Volunteers tree planting at Brows Wood near Whinlatter



You're very welcome to drop in to these sessions but if you haven't been to one before please give us a call at Whinlatter, 017687 78127, so we can get a few details from you and let you know what to expect on the day.

Tools & gloves will be provided but please wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments.

Contact or tel: 017687 78127 for more information or to sign up to our newsletter.

Dig In for moutain bikingThe Art of Mountain Bike Trail Building

Upcoming dates: 

Saturday 8 July

Saturday 29 July

Saturday 2 September

Saturday 30 September
The meeting point for all work parties will be behind Cyclewise at 10am, finishing around 4pm.

Tools and gloves provided but wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments.

Booking not essential but it is really helpful if you can let us know you are coming, so we can get the right amount of work and tools prepared.
For more information please contact
Progress and photos can be found on the Whinlatter facebook page -

What? Osprey Project VolunteersMale osprey
We are very hopeful that we’ll soon be seeing the Ospreys taking up residence again on the nest at Bassenthwaite.  The birds usually return towards the end of March or early April.  We’re now recruiting volunteers to help out at the outdoor viewing areas at Dodd Wood or in the Visitor Centre at Whinlatter to welcome visitors, provide information and assist visitors with viewing of the birds and their nest. 
When?  Throughout the osprey nesting season, from 1st April to 2nd September
Where?  Dodd Wood and Whinlatter Visitor Centre.   
For more information please contact

Last updated: 15th June 2017

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