Category Archives: volunteers

Creating a buzz at Carmel Nature Reserve

A joint project of The Grasslands Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has resulted in an exciting discovery of the rare Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Species, at Carmel National Nature Reserve. Carmel … Continue reading

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Beeday

There was a buzz around Carmel last Friday as a flight of the bumblebee enthusiasts made a beeline to the reserve. Busy as bees, they were a hive of activity swarming through woods and glades. …. Given the subject matter … Continue reading

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Volunteers – Why do we have them?

Well, when things are going fine, the weather is good, materials are on site and the first aid kit hasn’t been opened in a while it is easy to forget the value and importance of our volunteering force. Generally they … Continue reading

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Carmel Reserve – Not Quite the Dawn Chorus

Each Friday morning for the past few weeks the peace at Carmel has been interrupted by a pair of two stroke petrol engines. A duet in stereo by a brush cutter and a chainsaw.  Though not melodic by any stretch … Continue reading

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Finding a Balance

March was a very busy month at Carmel National Nature Reserve. We rushed to finish several scrub clearance jobs before the birds began nesting. One of our greatest challenges at Carmel is to achieve our aim of winning back the … Continue reading

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Carmel Reserve – Soup and Signs of Spring

 Saturday saw the first guided walk of the year at The Grasslands Trusts’ Carmel National Nature Reserve. In the spirit of co-operation and common aims the Trust linked up with the nearby Country Park, Llyn Lech Owain to put on … Continue reading

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On Money and Motivation

We welcome Liz Proctor, freelance fundraiser as a new recruit to our blogging team and hope you enjoy her first post. When I tell people I’m a fundraiser I generally get one of two responses: 1. They look slightly worried and … Continue reading

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