Contact Information for Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust was established in 1979 as Cleveland Nature Conservation Trust. The Trust is a member of the Wildlife Trusts, a national partnership of 46 Wildlife Trusts and 52 Urban Wildlife Groups with over 310,000 members.
The Trust is a registered charity and is governed by a Council of Management, elected from the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Council is responsible for agreeing the policies under which the Trust operates.
During its early years the Trust was entirely dependent on the efforts of volunteers. However, it soon became clear that the range of work to be undertaken in the area would require the efforts of paid staff. Accordingly, the Trust employed its first paid Conservation Officer in 1986.
The work of the Trust developed rapidly, in particular through a partnership with the Teesside Development Corporation. Through the partnership, the Trust undertook a range of habitat creation and management projects, encouraging the full involvement of the local community, aimed at ‘Greening the Tees Corridor.’
The Trust’s staff is currently engaged in the following activities:
Wildlife Conservation - including : site protection; nature reserves management; biological recording; provision of ecological advice to local authorities, landowners and business; and development of a local Biodiversity Action Plan.
Education and Community Work - including : work with schools, youth groups and communities in urban and rural parts of the county; running Wildlife WATCH (the junior wing of the Wildlife Trusts); providing training courses through the government’s New Deal for Young People; and provision of the visitor centre at Kirkleatham.
The Trust is justifiably proud of its work, particularly in the fields of community involvement and awareness raising, environmental education and working in partnership with industry and commerce. Its activities are regularly reported in the Tees Valley area through its award-winning community wildlife magazine, 'Greenbits'.
Over the coming year, the Trust is particularly keen to continue to develop its vital work in raising awareness of wildlife in the Tees Valley area and demonstrating the value of nature in enhancing peoples' Quality of Life. Priorities include projects to raise awareness of Trust reserves, community led environmental initiatives in the urban areas of the county and further development of the Trust's training programme for the unemployed.
Registered Charity No. 511068
Caterpillars Stop Traffic!
|A vehicle barrier designed in the shape of two enormous caterpillars by children from Tilery Primary School has been unveiled at the Wildlife Trust’s Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve. The giant caterpillars were designed and constructed under the guidance of local artist Andrew McKeown and make an interesting change to regular vehicle barriers and bollards. They were erected on site by Wildlife Trust volunteers and pupils from Abbey Hill School.
The unveiling in April also marked the official launch of the Tees Corridor Natural Regeneration Project - a scheme to restore the economic and social life of this formerly blighted area by encouraging community and conservation activities there.
Funded by the New Opportunities Fund Seed Programme and Tees Valley Single Programme through ONE North East and The Tees Valley Partnership, the three year project aims to work along the Tees in both Stockton and Middlesbrough, developing key sites for nature conservation and community use, encouraging local people to use and enjoy the sites.
“This is just one example of the types of activities carried out as part of the Tees Corridor Natural Regeneration Project,” said Jonathan Pounder, Tees Corridor Project Officer. Other forthcoming projects include education packs, walk leaflets, booklets, and more practical improvements to local areas that will benefit local people and promote the Tees Corridor.”
One aspect of Jonathan’s project that he is keen to promote is the Wednesday ‘Wild-Bunch’, set-up to carry out practical conservation tasks in the Tees Corridor. The group meets every Wednesday afternoon between 1.00 and 3.30 p.m. on Portrack Marsh to carry out works including footpath construction, pond maintenance and tree planting.
Coatham Marsh Gets A New Gate
A striking new gateway has been unveiled at the Wildlife Trust’s Coatham Marsh Nature Reservein Redcar. Pupils from West Redcar Shool joined Councillor Eric Jackson, Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland to unveil the steel structure designed by local artist Andrew McKeown working with local residents.
The gateway was funded with a grant from Barclays SiteSavers, a scheme which helps local communities to tackle problem sites. Despite the wild beauty of Coatham Marsh, the entrance from the site in Warrenby was rundown and lacked any appeal to visitors to the area. “We are pleased to receive the grant which allowed the local community and Andrew to create an entrance feature which I believe enhances the area. As you drive past the Marsh it certainly does catch your attention,” said Steve Ashton the Wildlife Trust’s Education Officer.
What is the ‘Wild-bunch’?
The ‘Wild-bunch’ is a voluntary group carrying out small practical within conservation tasks on the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves and other sites in the Tees Corridor. The group is made up of local residents from Stockton, Middlesbrough and Thornaby, and students from the local colleges and universities.
Part of the Tees Corridor Natural Regeneration Project, the group aims to carry out practical improvements for both the wildlife found on the sites and the people who come to visit. The activities also allow local residents to get more involved in the management of the sites and bring benefits to their local environment.
What do they do?
The Wild-bunch gets involved in a variety of work including:
Habitat creation work
Pond clearance and management
Wildflower meadow creation
Fence construction and footpath work
The ‘Wild-bunch’ goes out every Wednesday afternoon between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. The group meets behind The Talpore, Stockton. Each week there is a different practical conservation task that should be completed by the end of the session.
Do you need to bring anything?
The practical tasks will suit all ability levels and fitness. All you need to bring is old/outdoor clothing, suitable footwear, waterproof coat, and a desire to get involved with the work.
What does the ‘Wild-bunch’ offer?
As a volunteer you will receive:
Full training and supervision to carry out the tasks by experienced leaders
All safety equipment provided
A bi-monthly newsletter about the tasks and training courses in the area
Priority booking on Tees Valley Wildlife Trust training courses and events
All of the work sites are within the Tees Corridor area, and so within walking distance of the centres of Stockton, Thornaby and Middlesbrough. If transport is an issue, assistance is available for travel; bus fares are refunded and pick ups can be arranged.
In addition to this you will meet new people, gain experience to enhance your CV, keep fit, work outdoors and get to know the Tees Corridor and its wildlife better.
Practical tasks can also be organised for parties and school groups.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information about the Tees Corridor then contact Jonathan Pounder, Tees Corridor Natural Regeneration Officer, at Margrove Heritage Centre.
Become a Member
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust owns and manages 11 Nature Reserves. Covering the whole of the Tees Valley there are lots of opportunities for everyone to visit or participate in volunteer work.
We run programmes for schools, which are tailored to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
We need your help to:
Improve urban and industrial sites so that wildlife can return
Protect the most important wildlife sites in the area
Manage over 300 acres of land as nature reserves
Work directly with hundreds of schools
Aims of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
We work to protect and enhance the wildlife of the Tees Valley Area and believe strongly in demonstrating the value of nature in enhancing ‘Quality of Life’ for local people. The trust achieves its objectives by raising awareness amongst, and encouraging practical action by, local communities and schools, through education and volunteer opportunities. Principle activities include giving advice and practical assistance to landowners and groups; working with communities on practical projects to enhance the environment for wildlife and people; running training schemes; education work through schools and informal groups; and managing nature reserves as examples of good practice in site management for wildlife.
The Benefits If You Become A Member
When you join Tees Valley Wildlife Trust you will receive:
Free entry to all our Nature Reserves - an opportunity to enjoy your local wildlife area
A Nature Reserves Guide - location map and directions on how to get there and what you can see
‘Greenbits’ our local magazine - delivered FREE four times a year
‘Natural World’ the national magazine - delivered FREE three times a year
Information about special events - guided walks, work parties, etc.
But most of all the opportunity to show that you care!
Children are encouraged to join Wildlife Watch - the junior section of the Trust. Local groups throughout the area hold regular meetings covering a wide selection of topics.
If you would like to become a member then please contact Jody Brown, Membership Officer, at Margrove Heritage Centre or visit our website www.teeswildlife.org
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