The new Tees Valley Wildlife Trust project ‘Wild Green Places’ is starting as it means to go on with a half term week packed with a series of family-friendly events running right across the Tees Valley.
Five events, funded by Natural England’s Winter Warmers Grant, will get local people to ‘Provide Bed and Breakfast For Our Birds’ through a whole range of crafts and activities that will get little creative hands to create rustic feeders and nest boxes. Bird themed treasure hunts and games will also get kids active in the outdoors and learning about their local wildlife.
The Tees Valley Wild Green Places project is in its second month of five years of funding and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England working across Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland.
The five year project aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the wildlife of public open spaces in the Tees Valley and increase the skills of local people to record and care for this wildlife. The new Wild Green Places project will work with twenty local community wildlife groups across the Tees Valley to carry out nature conservation projects that will create and restore habitats for wildlife on public green places across the Tees Valley.
There will also be a wealth of opportunities to engage local people of all ages to enjoy learn and care for their local wildlife through programmes of walks, family fun days, wildlife surveys, and conservation events. Training programmes will provide volunteers with skills in wildlife recording and caring for wildlife. In addition young people will gain work based countryside and creative skills through accredited training, student placements and a Wildlife Trust Trainee programme. This will be delivered in partnership with Cleveland College of Art and Design and Askam Bryan College