November 2020 Newsletter

Teignbridge Wildlife Warden Newsletter    

 November 2020 

Hi all,

I am sending this newsletter to everyone who has expressed interest in ACT’s Wildlife Warden Scheme so far. It is really encouraging to see so many people interested in making Teignbridge better for wildlife. We will only be able to send future newsletters and information to those of you that have signed up to ACT and sent in their application form. If you haven’t already done so, please join ACT via the website and return your application form to flavio@actionclimateteignbridge.org. Click on these links to download the application form and information about the scheme

My name is Flavio and I was appointed as Wildlife Warden Coordinator a month ago. I am working one day a week to coordinate this amazing scheme with the aim of reviving both the wildlife and people’s interest in wildlife in Teignbridge. I grew up in the local area and studied Conservation Biology and Ecology at university, so this scheme is something that I am very passionate about!   Me and Kristoff the pink pigeon    

Getting started
Once a completed application form has been returned, you will be put on a list for introductory training, after which you can get started as WWs. Some of you completed introductory training in October, which I heard went very well! Since then, we have had our first covid-careful introductory training session and received some positive feedback. This involves a handout, Zoom and all of you Wildlife Wardens sending us information about your local sites. We will try to organise a walk in the new-year for everyone who takes part in these covid-careful training sessions, as it would be nice to get to know all of you in person.
 
Those of you that have already completed the introductory training will very soon receive a document with advice on how to get projects up and running in your parish.     My most recent wildlife find – An amazing example of  trooping funnel fungi growing in a ring around a beech tree in Ogwell Parish    

Sharing ideas and experiences
We are interested in hearing about any ideas that you may have for projects in your parish. For those WWs who are already up and running, we would also love to hear about your experiences so far, especially any issues and how you are overcoming them, as well as any successes. If ok with you, this information will be included in future newsletters as a way of sharing ideas between WWs.

Kate Morley is WW for the parish of Holcombe Burnell.  Here are Kate’s September and October  reports which can be used as examples and as a source for inspiration. Here is a link to a fantastic newsletter that she wrote to her community.

We are currently in the process of compiling a list of resources (books, text books, videos, websites etc.) which will be available on the ACT website. Many of you will already know lots of useful resources and we would be very grateful for any suggestions. Please email them to me at flavio@actionclimateteignbridge.org  

Social media
I have created a private Facebook Group for all of you WWs to ask questions and share ideas with one another. You can join the group using the link provided.

We are also in the process of setting up a Groups.io account. You might not have heard of Groups.io before (I hadn’t until recently). It allows you to create email threads which members can reply to. All previous threads are saved on the WW Groups.io webpage and act as a source of information.     

Thank you for all expressing such an interest. I believe that together we can make a real difference to the wildlife in Teignbridge! I look forward to welcoming more of you into the scheme. Do get in touch with any queries.

Best wishes,

Flavio

P.S: Please let me know if you no longer want to take part in, or receive emails about the Wildlife Warden Scheme.
 

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.