The Countryside Management Association (CMA) are holding a study day on Monday 12th December at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, near the O2 in London! The study day is titled “Wildlife sites in urban areas – challenges and benefits for people and wildlife” and it looks to be an interesting one.
Not only is this a great site, but the day will coversome big topics like: the impact of nature sites on health & wellbeing, community involvement (and successful volunteering schemes), and the effects and pressures of development. Phew!
The Ecology Park was created as part of a regeneration scheme; it opened to the public in2002 and has matured into a fantastic site for wildlife. A new bee for Britain was actually found there this year! The Ecology Park is managed by The Conservation Volunteers TCV in partnership with The Land Trust (the landowners). The wardens organise school visits, work placements, events, youth offending reparation and volunteering programmes.
Speaking of volunteering, I used to volunteer at this site as part of their Volunteer Officer scheme! This was one of my formative experiences in conservation, and I have only positive things to say about it.
Here is the key info about the Study Day for you:
Top tip: If you’re a student or volunteering in the conservation sector, why not join the CMA for the year? You’re eligible for affiliate member status, which only costs £15 for the year, and then you get to attend study days for free! This is an excellent way to network with Rangers and other professionals working in countryside management, plus you get access to training, news and more. For more info about membership, head to the CMA website!