Join us at Neighbours with Nature in Yorkshire

Mapping post-industrial site

OPAL community scientist Natalie Welden, and everyone at OPAL York, invite you to our upcoming national networking event - Neighbours with Nature - on 14 May 2016.

The theme is the role of custodians in conservation, emphasising the importance of communities in protecting and enhancing the local environment.

Our event is held at Rawmarsh in South Yorkshire, and will have a particular focus on enhancing the biodiversity of a landscape with a long history of industry and mining.

Ox-eye daisiesWe will highlight some of the fantastic work being carried out by OPAL partners, custodians groups and conservation volunteers throughout the UK.

This completely free event will bring together a mix of committed volunteers, scientists, environmentalists and policy makers. Confirmed speakers include Susan Booth of Natural England, Sue Townsend of the Field Studies Council, Roseanna Burton of the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, and Jonathan Dent of St Nick’s Local Nature Reserve, York.

There’s plenty to get involved in on the day. In addition to our discussion sessions, you will have the chance to join a number of workshops, for example, to improve your ID skills, have a go at mapping in GIS, or learn new survey techniques.

Alternatively you can take the time to learn more about the work of other custodian groups by signing up for a site visit to one of the fantastic locations cared for by local volunteers.

In addition to the more hands-on workshops, we are very excited to offer a screening of the brand new film Jukajoki. The film documents the story of the villages of Selkie and Alavi, who joined together to win an unprecedented victory that is changing the face of resource conservation in Finland.

We hope you will join us for what will be an inspiring and enjoyable day.

Book your place now