Your stories will help write nature reserve history

Your stories will help write nature reserve history

By Michael Upton | 16/04/2021

Your stories will help write nature reserve history

 

NATURE reserve staff are hoping for a flock of stories as they seek to compile the history of the beauty spot.

RSPB Old Moor are calling out for volunteers from the community with an interest in storytelling and local history, as a part of a National Lottery Heritage Funded project.

The Flock of Stories heritage project will encourage people to share their memories of the nature reserve over the years.

Community and volunteer engagement officer Liz Harding said: “We know that the site where RSPB Old Moor now sits has been significant for the local community throughout its history, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the Chol theatre and arts company to collect some of those stories.”

The Flock of Stories project is part of the Giving Nature a Home in the Dearne Valley project.

The Old Moor team said they were looking for volunteers with communications, social media and community outreach experience.

They will also be recruiting wildlife guides, storytellers and events volunteers to welcome people to the reserve.

Liz added: “Diverse roles should be filled with diverse people and we are keen to represent our community.

“We want to hear from retired people, students, professionals, families, those who can picture a stonechat and those who can’t, people with all the skills they’d need and people looking to develop those skills.”

The project has been designed to encourage more people to connect to and appreciate nature, especially those new to wildlife who still have lots to discover.

Improvements to the site have been taking place over the past year and visitors can explore a new family hide and wild play equipment when Old Moor reopens to the public.

Email Elizabeth.harding@rspb.org.uk or on 07729 627280 to find out more about the volunteering roles.