Country Park

Clerk RFO: Stephanie Lloyd

South Derbyshire Environmental Forum

Forum event / questionnaire update / support for groups

It seems like a long time ago when we asked you all to fill in the questionnaire on what you needed from the Forum Group and training/ networking ideas.

The results came through at the start of lockdown and will be useful going forward. Eventually we hope to start providing training and a networking event again but are not setting dates yet.

In the meantime we will work with the CVS on a new ongoing short survey for groups to fill in as and when they need some additional support or for new groups to help them get started. Watch this space!

In the meantime register for the CVS Stronger Communities updates and see the work they are doing to support us all through Covid-19:

Wildlife recording project for beginners (ongoing)

Do you record things you spot in your garden? It could be really useful to monitor even the ''common'' creatures to help us identify the winners and losers in adapting to climate change. If you haven't done any species recording before you might like to try this, our new project with Derbyshire Biological Records Centre.

The project is being promoted from NOW so you could be one of the first to take part. (please do!)

Virtual activities for families and individuals

During the lockdown and going forward into summer we have been/ will be recording videos on Facebook and YouTube to help keep children occupied - by exploring nature!

There are a series of ''garden challenges'' for families here on YouTube:

Also on Facebook here:

In the school holidays we will be doing something every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm on Facebook

Projects include willow weaving, pond dipping, minibeast hunting, mini shelters – all online.

We are starting our virtual, 'go live' events programme this evening, 24th July with a NightWatch event run from our gardens…..

This will include a free mothwatching for beginners and star gazing seminars here: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (chat to me/ Neil the Moth Man: 7-7.30; moths: 7.30-8.15; stars 8.15-8.45)

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and many others are also doing some lovely online seminars and projects for individuals and families.

Our friends over at Little Acorns Forest School also provide loads of good ideas for activities for families:

Sounds of the Forest project

Information from Jo and Caroline from the National Forest Company. I've had a look at this (and recorded a sound bite to contribute to it!). It's a lovely project:

''As we can't meet up for Timber festival this year we are inviting people from across the world to visit any woodland and record your sounds of the forest, to contribute to a different kind of gathering and create the first ever forest soundmap of the world''. (international not just our area!)

Transforming the Trent Valley TTTV

We've talked about this project before – but if you haven't registered for updates or looked it up then here is the link:

We will be working together this autumn and winter to deliver some training on wildlife survey techniques.

Volunteering Opportunities

A few groups have started up their volunteering activity again outdoors – well done!

If anyone wants to be put in contact with a group that has started up again to get any help or support please let me know or contact South Derbyshire CVS for help and advice:

email or telephone 07458 304316.


Although we have no training planned at present we are considering the following and would like to know if you want anything adding to the list:

  • Butterfly survey training
  • Conservation task training
  • How to manage groups outdoors - basic training
  • Other wildlife survey work eg with Transforming the Trent Valley

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:51 by Stephanie Lloyd

Tags: SDDC