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The Tocil Wood Conservation project is run in conjunction with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, a leading local environmental charity. Many activities are available for volunteers willing to get involved in conservation, benefiting both people and wildlife.

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Photograph of bluebells in Tocil Wood

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Volunteering Opportunities
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The main focus of this project is coppicing. This is a traditional method of woodland management which involves clearing sections of the woodland of young trees. Light can then get down to the forest floor which increases biodiversity in the habitat. You can read more about coppicing on Wikipedia.

Read Yuan's blog about volunteering with Tocil Wood

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Location
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We meet outside the SUHQ building (near Rootes Grocery Store) 5-10 minutes before the start of the session, and then we all walk together to the site of the day’s session.

Tocil Wood is the bluebell wood on campus and enjoys protected status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This project offers a great opportunity to help preserve this ancient oak woodland.

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Time Commitment
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The project runs during terms 1 and 2 and sessions last for approx. 3 hours.

Volunteering is flexible and it’s not a problem if you can‘t make every session, or need to leave a little earlier.

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Requirements
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You will need to wear sturdy shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing: i.e. waterproofs and warm clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy!

Wellies are available to borrow from Warwick Volunteers.

Tools, gloves and safety equipment are provided.

  • Must be happy to work outdoors in woodland, uneven and occasionally muddy ground and in wet and cold weather in the winter.
  • A "hands-on" attitude and a love of wildlife and nature.
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Training
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Training is given at the start of each session.

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How to get involved
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If you are interested in volunteering when the project reopens please register your interest here.