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earth kiln


In the next few months the ConVols will be building an earth kiln for local ceramicists to use . Since we have no experience in making a GK we will be starting small and working our way up in size,we will also be using charcoal from our own charcoal kiln ,made from our own wood. if your interested in experimental ceramics or even know what your doing. we will be doing this on a fairly regular basis so if your please get in touch and get involved


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A busy winter coming up


What a busy time in the Meadow, this winter. We have a ground kiln to build up .we need to continue thinning in the small plantation, clear out some of the gauze bushes, continue with the wet flush, cut back lots of Black thorn and Raspberry. Sort the main path out ,get the wood sorted and deep breath do some negotiation with the National Park Any one fancy getting dirty ? I forgot plant some trees as well


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Friends of Raincliffe Meadow


I was given a brilliant idea the other day to do with Raincliffe Meadow. That is to create a new group one that can focus on encouraging public access , to develope events and to support the Scarborough Conservation volunteers in the meadows management. The new group will be known as the Friends of Raincliffe Meadow , more details will be published after the holidays but in the meantime if you think that you may be interested in supporting the ConVols in the creation of our new friends group please let us know


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British and Irish rare birds news update


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This is a Brunnich’s guillemot video from Lauwersoog in the Netherlands.

From Rare Bird Alert in Britain:

Thursday 18th December 2014

Significant late news concerned a Brunnich’s Guillemot which was seen from the Uig (Highland) to Lochmaddy (Western Isles) ferry last Sunday.

Lingering rarities seen today included the Blyth’s Pipit in West Yorkshire, Ivory Gull and Richardson’s Cackling Goose in the Western Isles, Lesser Yellowlegs in County Dublin, King Eider in Shetland, single Lesser Scaups in Ayrshire and Lothian and Eastern Black Redstart in the Isles of Scilly.

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Stop lion trophy hunting


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This video says about itself:

24 February 2014

An interview with Chris Mercer, Director of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) and the Global March for Lions. Video by Trevor and Susan Barrett.

From Lion Aid:

Lion trophy hunting – how do countries rate in terms of canned lion hunts?

16th December 2014

In South Africa, 99% of the lions trophy hunted are raised in captivity and then released into a fenced field of various dimensions to be shot by intrepid trophy hunters. These lions have been meanwhile bottle fed when young by streams of paying “volunteers”, petted by hordes of people, and walked with when bigger for up to $200 per hour. Then kept in enclosures until “ready” to be hunted. Not surprisingly, these lions have become highly habituated to humans. Yet lion trophy “hunters” flock to South Africa to shoot these lions for several…

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Saving gorillas in 2014, video


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This video says about itself:

Year-End Thank You 2014

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

17 December 2014

47 years later, we are still committed to saving gorillas. Featuring Fossey Fund staff from Atlanta, Musanze and Nkuba-Biruwe, we thank our supporters for making our work possible!

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