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Find out how you can protect local woodlands

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Dearne Valley are invited to attend a free conference to find out how they can help protect their local woodlands.

The ‘Your Woods, Your Future’ conference hosted by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) will take place in The Ironworks at Elsecar Heritage Centre on Saturday 23 February from 10am to 5pm.

During the event the DVLP will be joined by Otley-based ecological consultants, Haycock and Jay, to deliver a series of talks and share best practice for preserving the woodlands. There will also be opportunities for networking.

Over the last 18 months the DVLP has been working with Haycock and Jay on the ‘Woodland Discovery Project’ to survey five key priority sites across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. The project aims to help volunteers in the community record the plants and animals in woodland habitats, so they can guide the future management and monitoring of the sites.

Roseanna Burton, community officer at the DVLP (pictured) said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and discuss the future of our woodlands. We’re really looking forward to sharing the findings of our survey and meeting new and existing volunteers who share our passion for protecting our local plants and wildlife.”

Steve Heaton, ecologist at Haycock and Jay, said: “This event is a celebration of the fantastic work we’ve been doing with the DVLP and it’s a great way of showcasing the project. We’ve seen lots of enthusiasm for the woodlands around the Dearne Valley from local volunteers and we’re hoping that this event will encourage more people to help preserve these areas in the years to come.”

The free ‘Your Woods, Your Future’ conference is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the wildlife and history of their local woodlands. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is a five-year scheme running until June 2019, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information on the DVLP, visit: www.discoverdearne.org.uk

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