Get Involved

Team Meetings
If you have already visited the ‘Meet the Team’ page you should already be aware that all WMBC members are welcome to attend our meetings and, if they wish, become team members. Most of the team are experienced and excellent birders but lack of birding knowledge should never hold you back. Sue Judge and Sue Miller would be the first to admit that their birding knowledge is, to say the least, limited but this does not prevent them supporting and working for the reserve they love. If you put yourself into this category getting involved is one of the best ways to get to know the experts and learn from them.

Team Meeting Details
Team meetings are held at the Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DT where there is plenty of parking. They are held in room 24 and start at 20.00hrs but folks generally gather in the downstairs bar from about 19.45hrs. Don’t be shy come along and introduce yourself, you will be made very welcome.

Meeting dates for 2019
Friday 15th February, Friday 17th May, Friday 9th August, and Friday 15th November.

If you would like an email alert regarding these dates check out the bottom paragraph of this page for details of how to register.

Work Parties
The Autumn and Winter is the time when we do our annual, necessary, habitat maintenance work, much of it done through our volunteer work parties at the weekends. Much of the voluntary work revolves around habitat improvement by cutting back shrubs, coppicing willows, clearing scrub, burning brash (a popular job on a frosty morning) etc but also jobs such as hide, sign and path maintenance. As always Nigel has an enjoyable and rewarding work programme organised for the coming season so why not come along to a volunteer work party and ‘do your bit, for your reserve’? Everybody is assured a warm welcome.  Tools and gloves are provided but please feel free to bring your own.

We meet at the Scott hide at 9.30am and usually finish around 12noon. The dates for the 2018/19 season are shown below.                                                                                          Sunday September 30th
Sunday October 7th
Sunday October 21st
Sunday October 28th                                                                                                                    Sunday November 17th
Sunday November 25th
Sunday December 23rd
Sunday 27th January                                                                                                                 Sunday 10th February                                                                                                                 Sunday February 24th                                                                                                                         Sunday 3rd March

If for any reason extra dates are added or it becomes necessary to cancel a date because of weather or conditions on site this will be  published on Steve’s Belvide Birding blog.  If you would like an email alert to posts on the news page go to the box at the top on the right hand side of this page and you will see a heading ‘Follow this blog by Email. Click on the ‘follow box’. The heading will then change to ‘You are following this blog’ and you will receive an Email confirming this which also explains how you can unsubscribe, should you wish, in the future.

Our volunteers working hard and having fun when bringing our reserve ‘up to scratch’  The first work party of the autumn 14/winter 15 season took place on Sunday 28th September see below the happy band of volunteers gathered and then getting ‘stuck in’. Photographs from Martyn Pitt. Click on each photo’ for a closer look. Thanks to everyone who turned up. We look forward to seeing all who can make it, you really do make a difference.




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Reading from left to right: Ken Mather; Rob Swift; Barry Coomer; Roger Clay; Moira Gough; Kevin Clements; Steve Nuttall; Nigel Talbot and Mark Foster
Just some of the Belvide stalwarts who turn out regularly for work parties. (photograph by Nigel Talbot).