Events

On this page details of all forthcoming events will be posted. Keep checking back as we are always adding new events!

The Wildlife Trust have now restarted volunteer days on the Rowley Hills, taking all relevant precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to attend a volunteer day below, you must contact Natalie Norton at the Wildlife Trust on natalie.n@bbcwildlife.org.uk to book onto the volunteer day prior to the day as volunteer numbers are currently limited to a group of 6. You can find out more about the procedures the Trust have put in place to keep everyone safe in the information at the bottom of this page.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Friday 20th November 2020, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Saturday 12th December 2020, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Friday 18th December 2020, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Saturday 9th January 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Friday 15th January 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Saturday 13th February 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Friday 19th February 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Saturday 13th March 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.

  • Conservation volunteer day, Portway Hill, Friday 19th March 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Join the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country at Portway Hill for a fun day out meeting new people, helping the environment and learning new skills. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you require. Make sure you book in advance (details above) and be aware that places are limited.
COVID Safety Procedures – Volunteering
Some of the procedures that the Trust are putting in place with regards to re-starting volunteering activities are outlined below. For your reassurance, please be aware that:

  • For the time being numbers at volunteer days will be limited to six volunteers with one group leader, to help reduce risk of exposure to and transmission of the virus while still allowing us to run volunteer sessions. We will have a system in place to aim to ensure that everyone gets chance to volunteer. We may also be running shorter than normal sessions.
  • To help keep you safe, volunteers will be working predominantly outside and will not be expected to undertake activities, such as the preparation and cleaning of tools of equipment, inside the tools store or other buildings.
  • Equipment/tools required for any volunteer session will not be shared between households, and where a set of equipment is required for demonstration purposes or to support an activity, each volunteer or member of staff will have their own set of equipment that must not be shared. All equipment is cleaned after use, or, where necessary, quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before next use.
  • Any personal protective equipment (PPE) required for an activity will be provided, but not shared. Volunteers will be given their own gloves to take away with them and bring to subsequent volunteer sessions.
  • Volunteers are welcome to wear face coverings if they wish but you currently do not have to do so. Some of our staff members and other group leaders may be wearing masks for their comfort and safety.

Unfortunately, at this time, the normal access to tea and coffee making facilities is not possible. If you need refreshments (food and drink) during the session, please bring them with you. As is normal, we recommend that you bring drinks for during the day.

Volunteers must follow the prevailing Government social distancing guidelines at all times (currently a minimum of 2m between individuals from different households).

Coronavirus Volunteer Code of Conduct

 

All volunteers who participate in Trust-led activities are required to follow, at minimum, the below Code of Conduct

Maintain minimum 2m social distancing at all times
Sanitise hands  on arrival at a volunteer session and before leaving
Maintain hygiene standards as defined by the  group leader(s)
Strictly adhere to the risk assessments and advice of  group leader(s)
Support staff by notifying them of any issues that arise
No sharing of vehicles, tools, equipment  or refreshments
Please  do not attend if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19

Conservation volunteer days are run by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country; for further information please contact The Wildlife Trust, telephone 0121 523 0094 or email natalie.n@bbcwildlife.org.uk. Their Portway Hill reserve is located within the dotted black square on the map below.

Rowley Hills map showing paths and access points
Rowley Hills map showing paths and access points

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3 thoughts on “Events

  1. Lynn

    Great to see this information – it is very helpful and I have noted my diary to prompt me to participate whenever I am available! Many thanks to everyone who gives their time and energy to provide us with details of all the events that are taking place on the Rowley Hills. What a wonderful place we have on our doorstep – very therapeutic and you will meet lovely people who are making a difference to our neighbourhood and confirm “the best things in life definitely are free” and available to all. New faces and all ages are very welcome – be active and healthier on the hillside!

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  2. Sarah

    I am currently compiling a book of photographs (170 to be precise) on Hailstone Freebodies and Lamb farms. My family lived at Hailstone from 1924 till its sad demise in the late 1960’s.
    It makes my heart sing to see the work that you are doing to preserve Nature in the area.

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