Conservation Holiday 21st-23rd March

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Join us for a Dirty Weekend with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust 

Friday, 21st March – Sunday 23rd March 

Work with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for two days on conservation work in the heart of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cost: £160 per person (includes board and lodging)
To book call 01452 383333 or email info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

The weekend begins when you arrive at Westley Farm, a gorgeous Cotswold Farm with over 75 acres of wildflower meadow and ancient woodland. Your accommodation will be on a self catering basis in one of the shared* holiday cottages that are dotted around the farm, each with log fire and beautiful rural views.

You are invited to join Julian and Hege, your hosts at Westley Farm, in the farmhouse kitchen for a hearty welcome meal on Friday evening with your companions for the weekend and Trust staff.

On Saturday morning you will meet Reserve Manager Pete Bradshaw, who will lead the group to the first conservation site on the farm where you will help with the removal of scrub, by cutting back and burning brambles on a big bonfire. This is important conservation work, creating and managing limestone grassland habitat for the marsh fritillary butterfly, known to breed on only two sites in Gloucestershire. Pete will share his extensive local knowledge with you over the day or the one hour lunch break. Work finishes at about 4.30pm with a pre-prepared shared evening meal at 6pm. The local pub is just a 20 minute walk across the fields.

On Sunday, you will be taken by minibus to the Trust’s Strawberry Banks nature reserve nearby, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and thus nationally important as a wildlife habitat. The nature reserve is home to the marsh fritillary butterflies, many species of wild flower and the rare rugged oil beetle. You will help remove blackthorn and hawthorn that are encroaching onto the grassland.

The weekend ends at 3pm on Sunday, when we drop you back at Westley Farm.

After two days of country air and exercise, you leave with the knowledge that you have helped to protect one of the most beautiful corners of the Cotswolds.

Maximum of 19 places

Further information…

*Please be aware that you will be sharing a twin bedroom, kitchen and bathroom facilities in a small cottage that will sleep 2 – 6 people. A one bedroomed cottage is available for those that would prefer a little more privacy. A surcharge of £80 applies (for 1 or 2 sharing a double bed)

The nearest railway stations are Kemble or Stroud, we can arrange transport if required.

Basic food will be provided in your cottages for Saturday and Sunday breakfast, packed lunch will be provided on Saturday & Sunday and evening meals will also be provided. Please let us know at time of booking if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

Times and activities given are for illustrative purposes only and are subject to change at the organisers discretion.

There are no toilet facilities at Strawberry Banks nature reserve, but there are some within walking distance in a nearby village which you can visit at lunchtime.

There is a cancellation fee of £50 if more than 72 hours notice is given. We are sorry but refunds cannot be issued if less than 72 hours notice is given.

This is a practical weekend with work taking place on steep banks and therefore not suitable for people with certain disabilities, please contact us for further information.