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Friday 20th December Conservation Task

For the Christmas task we will be tree planting with Forest of Bradford in Gargrave.

We will be leaving Culture Fusion at 9.30am to allow for the extra travelling time. 

We request that people inform us in advance if you plan to come so we can book you a seat in the minibus. 

Fruit Tree Pruning Training

As part of the Big Lottery funded project Apples for All, Bradford Apple Group has scheduled some training about how to prune fruit trees.

Horticulturist Andrew Chapman will lead a session on Saturday 18th January 10.30am - 12.30pm at Springfield Gardens, Holme Wood. Places are limited so please contact BEES to book a place.

You can also practice the techniques you will learn at the Orchard on December 13th (more preparation of questions than practising what you have learnt!!) and January 31st 2014

BAG also plan to organise a grafting session in early March (probably a Wednesday afternoon).

2014 Residentials

We have planned two weekend residentials for 2014

Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March.
A return to Hutton Roof Crags to work with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to continue our work helping to open the woodland rides to improve the habitat for butterflies. We will go on  We will stay at Arnside YHA. Although it is a few months away we do need to confirm room bookings with the Hostel soon, so please talk as soon as possible if you are interested.

Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June.
Our now annual visit to Bucken, Upper Wharfedale, We will be drystone walling, continuing with 'our' wall near Cray. We have booked Town Head Barn so if you want a bunk let us know as soon as possible. Additional camping should be available.

We are looking at ways to subsidise these weekends - so please do not be put off by cost. Talk to us.

We know these weekends are next year, but please do think about it now and get in touch if you are interested.

Goodbye Virginia

On Friday we said goodbye to Virginia, who has been our European volunteer for the past year. She will be around for the next few weeks working at the Beacons and then Leeds festivals. But the year has gone by really quick and we are grateful for all the hard work that she has put into to help BEES. It is appreciated and Virginia will be missed. So it is good luck Virginia for the future where ever that takes you.

Big Butterfly Count

The Big Butterfly Count is now on. It is easy to complete and will provide useful data on the nation's butterflies. Follow the link: www.bigbutterflycount.org

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Minibus Driver?

We are looking to recruit a volunteer driver to support the BEES Wildlife Field Visits.

BEES Wildlife Field Visit Group is organised and led by a group of dedicated volunteers. They devise a programme of visits throughout the year to explore wildlife rich sites, varying from local Bradford sites, places across Yorkshire and further afield. The visits are a great way to learn about birds, flowers and other plants. 

We are not just looking for a driver, but someone who is interested in the trips in their own right. The driver will be with the group through the day so will need to be interested in wildlife and enjoy the outdoors. 

We would ask anyone who is interested to attend a couple of trips before committing to driving. More info about past and future trips can be viewed here.

We are looking for a fairly long term commitment as we need to know it is worth inducting a driver and paying for the midas test. However we are not looking for weekly commitment, but to add to a pool of drivers. 

Previous experience driving a minibus is desirable. D1 category on driving license essential. The volunteer will have to pass a MIDAS driving assessment.

BEES, and the minibus, are based at Culture Fusion on Thornton Road. This is where volunteer drivers would report. 

Please contact the office if you would like to to discuss this opportunity. 

bees@bradfordymca.org.uk
01274 371303 

BEES Residential this weekend 14th - 16th June

We still have a few spare spaces for this weekend's residential in the lovely Yorkshire Dales. If you fancy it or know anyone who might then please get in touch and I will let you know the details.

This Friday - 22nd March

Unfortunately, due to the weather, we are changing tomorrows task.

The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust have had to cancel because of the snow on the ground and forecasts of further snowfall in the Dales. We are discussing with them if we can reschedule and include the task on the new programme.

Meanwhile, come as normal to BEES on Friday for a local task, probably tree thinning at Brackenhill. We may also do some indoor bird box preparation...we will know for sure by tomorrow morning!

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday 22nd March

Change to original destination and task.

We will be working on the river bank at Darnbrook Farm, near Arncliffe in a lovely part of the Yorkshire Dales. We will be helping the Yorkshire Dales River Trust to construct tree guards around the river side trees. We are departing at 9.30am and you need to book a place on the minibus if you wish to come.

Extra task oganised: Thursday 14th March 2013 Esholt Sports and Social Club, Esholt Lane, Esholt, BD17.

A return visit to the nearly created nature area, where today we will create a bird feeding area and continue to develop the habitats. Leave Culture Fusion 9.30am.
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