Barnie needs your help! Volunteer Work Party Day At RSPB Mersehead Southwick Dumfries

Saturday 21st May and Sunday 29th May; 10-3
Can you spare a few hours to help us and the Barnacle Geese?
The Svalbard Barnacle Geese have now left RSPB Mersehead and the shores of the Solway Estuary to depart on their 2,000-mile migration back to the Arctic Circle. Our thoughts, here at Mersehead have already turned to preparing the reserve for their return in the Autumn.
The barnacle goose prefers to feed on nutrient-rich short swards and an excellent way to create this habitat is by taking a crop of hay from the field. Ragwort is a biennial plant which is common across the countryside. Although a number of myths circulate about ragwort, the chemicals it contains may lead to liver damage in livestock if consumed in high quantities, so we need to ensure it does not go into the hay bales. Ragwort is a prolific spreader and only by removing most or all of the root system is it meaningfully dealt with.
Come and join us for the day or for a couple of hours, remove some ragwort and help to create prime barnacle goose habitat. Many hands make light work. Few things are more powerful than nature when it comes to living in the moment and relaxing. Spending time outdoors in natural spaces and gaining a greater understanding of local wildlife provided a vital escape from repeated lockdowns. As the world slowly returns to normal it is important we do not lose this connection and this event will help slow you down and experience the healing power of nature.
Bring a packed lunch for a picnic on the beach, take a deep breath and enjoy the sound of skylarks, the wind on your face, social interaction and help us create a wonderful habitat for the returning Svalbard barnacle geese.

*If you have your own garden fork please bring it, along with a pair of gloves and sturdy footwear.
*Families activity
*Bring a packed lunch
*Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10am. Drop-in event stay for as long as suits you.
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Barnie needs your help! Volunteer Work Party Day At RSPB Mersehead Southwick Dumfries