Secret Gardens

Thursday 9th February 2012

Hedgehog (c) Rosemary WinnallHedgehog (c) Rosemary Winnall

South Birmingham residents are being invited to discover more about the wildlife in their gardens.

The South Birmingham local group of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are playing host to a talk entitled “Hidden Places, Secret Lives” on Friday 10th February. The talk will be given by Rosemary Winnall, recipient of 2011’s Worcestershire Wildlife Medal and the driving force behind the Wyre Forest Study Group.

Eric Davies, chair of the group, explained “Rosemary is a very popular speaker and this talk about her own garden will help us all to understand the secret lives on our own gardens. It’s quite amazing that so much goes on under our noses and we rarely think about it.

“Our monthly meetings are an important way for us to inspire local people about the wildlife in our area.”

Bringing people together

The meeting is one of several held by the group during the winter months. The group is run by volunteers and is one of nine across Worcestershire that support the Trust by organising a programme of talks and other activities. Above all, the groups help to bring together people with an interest in celebrating and enjoying the county’s wildlife.

The current committee members have been running the group for many years and are all standing down in April. If any readers are interested in helping to run the group – from helping out at indoor meetings to becoming chair or organising the meetings – they are invited to come along to Rosemary’s talk and take the chance to talk to staff and volunteers.

Eric continued “The committee members have got a great deal out of running the group for many years but it’s time for us to stand down and hand over the reins to a new group of people.

“Volunteering in this way really helps to promote the work of the Trust and the value of our wildlife but we also get something from it too. We regularly meet new people and have made some great friends along the way.

“The Wildlife Trust will tell you how valuable volunteers are to them but the volunteers will tell you how valuable it is to us to have the chance to enjoy ourselves whilst doing something good for nature and wildlife.

Going along

The talk starts at 7.30 at the Dame Elizabeth Hall in Oak Tree Lane, Bournville. Admission is £3 for adults and 75p for children. For further information about the talk contact Sylvia Davies on 0121 243 9190.

Anyone interested in helping to run the group should contact Suzi Richer at the Trust’s headquarters on 01905 754919.

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