A CHARITY that engage communities to act together to protect wildlife and enhance habitats, will be running a two-year nature conservation project in Flintshire.

Wild Ground are delighted to be running the project, focusing on three interlinked woodland sites in Connah's Quay - Broadoak Woods, Llwyni and Gathering Grounds, thanks to funding from Landfill Disposal Tax administered by the WCVA.

Wild Ground run and manage a range of nature reserves across North East Wales and this project focuses on offering volunteering opportunities for all, with a focus on woodland management and creation, as well as holding engaging education and wellbeing events.

Llwyni nature reserve, Connahs Quay.

Llwyni nature reserve, Connah's Quay.

As a partner of Groundwork North Wales on the recently completed Our Backyard programme in the Connah's Quay area, the new Wild Ground project aims to build on the work of Our Backyard and engage people with nature on their doorsteps.

Woodlands in Wales are home to more vulnerable and threatened species than any other habitat, with 210 of the 542 Welsh species of principal biodiversity importance relying on woodland habitats for survival.

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The team at Wild Ground will involve communities, schools and volunteers, with the aim of making these habitats more resilient and increasing nature connectivity. A wide range of enjoyable, accessible engagement activities to suit varied interests, abilities, and access needs will be delivered.

Richard Aram, head of project delivery at Wild Ground said: "We are very excited to be delivering this new project and are looking forward to holding weekly volunteering sessions every Thursday from 10am-2pm, meeting at Broad Oak Woods.

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"There will be the opportunity for traditional conservation work and for more accessible tasks for volunteers who may find this unsuitable. Volunteering sessions will support volunteers to make more local social connections, enhancing skills, confidence, and wellbeing."

"Regular sessions with local schools will be held to give children a close-up experience of nature, a better understanding of the natural world, and more knowledge of the area where they live.

"A series of community events focussing on developing conservation skills such as hedge laying, including some sessions suitable for families such as bushcraft will be delivered throughout the programme".

• To find out more about the Connah's Quay Woodland Project and how you can get involved, visit www.wild-ground.org.uk or call 01978 757524.