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Wildlife fun for kids

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

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YOUNGSTERS living in and around the Churnet Valley are being given the chance to become youth rangers as part of a new weekly project aimed at improving the wildlife and landscapes in the area.

The Churnet Valley Living Landscapes Project (CVLLP), is launching Churnet Valley Youth Rangers, offering young people aged 16 to 21, the chance to take part in a range of exciting conservation tasks, starting this Friday (September 27) between 9.30am and 3.30pm. 

Martin Evans, youth officer at CVLLP said: "This is a fantastic way for young people to gain valuable experience they can add to their CVs, whether they want to get into the field of wildlife conservation or not.

"As well as taking part in fun activities and meeting new friends, youngsters will be able to learn new skills and make a difference to their local communities."

A level two qualification in Environmental Conservation is also available as part of the project. Activities include tree planting and wild flower meadow and pond creation.

The Churnet Valley Living Landscapes Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was set up to preserve and enhance the 190km squared area and help preserve its heritage. 

Churnet Youth, part of CVLLP, runs a programme of activities for youngsters across the Churnet Valley including exploration tasks, wildlife studies and practical conservation work, as well as offering a programme of activities focusing on giving young people conservation and management skills.

Transport to the various activity sites will be provided from Leek. No experience is necessary and all tools and training will be provided.

Further details on all activities can be found at www.churnet-valley.org.uk.

Anybody interested in joining the group should contact Martin Evans on 07530 489798 or email m.evans@staffs-wildlife.org.uk.

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