Volunteers Help Clear Holly at Yarner Woods

On November 17 2023, 12 Pell Frischmann volunteers from the Exeter office spent the day clearing holly at the Natural England National Nature Reserve at Yarner Woods. They worked with the reserve manager, Chris Harbut and his colleague Harry, to clear holly, a native species that can outcompete other plants and create dense shade, making it difficult for other plants to grow. Clearing holly helps create space for other trees to grow including birch and oak, both of which are an important part of the ecosystem at Yarner Woods, providing food and shelter for a variety of animals. The volunteers stacked the cleared holly to create new habitat piles for invertebrates, which are an important part of the food chain and part of an ongoing effort to improve biodiversity further in this area.

In addition to clearing holly, the volunteers also enjoyed a walk around the reserve learning about Dartmoor ponies and their roles in conservation grazing, as well as taking part in some bird watching using some of the many bird hides scattered around the reserve. As a team were able to identify a number of bird species, including blue tit, marsh tit, coal tit, and the elusive nuthatch.

This was all done as part of Pell Frischmann’s volunteer leave program, which provides employees with the opportunity to take time off work to volunteer for their favourite charities. The volunteers had a great time working together to make a difference at Yarner Woods and there were smile all round at the end of the day.

A big thank you to Claire, Jon, Naomi, John, Vic, Jess, Jo, Cat, George, Dan, James and Mike for a great day!

 

About Yarner Woods

Yarner Woods is a 120-hectare (300-acre) nature reserve located in Mid Devon, England. The reserve is home to a variety of habitats, including woodland, grassland, and wetland. It is also home to a number of rare and endangered species, including the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly and the nightingale.

Yarner Woods is a popular destination for walking, bird watching, and wildlife photography. The reserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk and details of walks in the area can be found here: https://eastdartmoorwoods.org/walking-routes/.

If you would like to volunteer on a more regular basis then please contact volunteer.enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk or follow their blog https://eastdartmoorwoods.org/about-east-dartmoor/.

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