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FIELD TRIPS FOR 2010 - ADVANCE INFORMATION
See the Field Trips
FIELD TRIP REPORTS
These are now shown on the Field Trips page.
RAISING 2009 - 2010
year the RSPB changed the arrangements for fund raising by Groups.
Briefly the funds raised are to be allocated to one of 9 sections. In
the Group's Spring 09 Newsletter Group members were asked to vote for
their preferences. As last year the most popular section was Farming
Initiatives. A total of £4,300 from the Group's fund raising
events has been sent to The Lodge, with £371 credit from sale of RSPB
goods making a total of £4671.
addition £5,912 has been raised from collecting boxes and pin badge
sales in the Sheffield and Hope Valley area. Making an overall total
RAISING 2010 - 2011
year we are aiming to raise £5000 for Upland Habitats from our fund
raising events and credit from the sale of RSPB goods., so far (July), we have
sent £2000 to The Lodge.
upland habitats are crucial to UK birds, especially in the North and
Scotland where the majority of British upland is to be found. Uplands,
or highlands, consist of a whole range of habitats from upland moors,
farms, rocky outcrops and boggy areas. Upland blanket bogs in
particular are under threat and especially important as the UK holds
10-15% of the entire world’s blanket bog habitats. These support Hen
harrier, Merlin, Golden Plover and Dunlin amongst others, but are
at threat through grazing, drainage, and the introduction of non
native plant and animal species.
Around the RSPB Northern Region, much work is
going on to increase these habitats including Dove Stone, where
blocking ditches and sowing sphagnum moss is encouraging the
stabilization of peat, crucial to these habitats. At Geltsdale upland
vegetation is being managed to encourage Black Grouse in one of the
only areas to see them in England, and in Northumberland 24 hour
watches are being set up for Hen Harrier nests to help preserve this
iconic upland bird and protect them from disturbance and persecution.
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