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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - ToM BERRy, Man­ager of Vol­un­teer Pro­grammes, Earthwatch

In­TER­nA­TIonAl en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Earthwatch is seek­ing vol­un­teers to join a new re­search ex­pe­di­tion right here in the UK. The ox­ford­shire based project is part of an on­go­ing global for­est re­search pro­gramme.

Vol­un­teers are needed to join the Cli­mate Change in Wytham Woods ex­pe­di­tion. Based at Earthwatch’s Europe Re­gional Cli­mate Cen­tre in the beau­ti­ful, an­cient Wytham Woods, you will have an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to for­est re­search which is as­sess­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change on forests world­wide. As an Earthwatch vol­un­teer, you’ll learn the many field tech­niques es­sen­tial to cap­tur­ing ac­cu­rate data, and will work closely with both sci­en­tists and fel­low vol­un­teers.

You will help to es­tab­lish and study ex­per­i­men­tal plots in the wood, tag and iden­tify trees, mea­sure tree di­am­e­ters and Co2 emis­sions, and po­ten­tially even spend time in the lab­o­ra­tory analysing the data you col­lect. Evening ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions will cover topics re­lated to cli­mate change and the en­vi­ron­ment.

This is your chance to be part of “cit­i­zen sci­ence”, find­ing so­lu­tions to press­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems, while at the same time en­joy­ing the beauty and di­ver­sity of na­ture as you work. This team will fo­cus specif­i­cally on tree re­sponses to cli­mate change, but you will also learn about mam­mals, moths, and woodlice.

The team dates are from 8-14 Au­gust and the ex­pe­di­tion costs £595. If you would like to join the team, to find out more please visit www.earthwatch. org/europe, or call +44 (0)1865 318831. We hope to see you in the field.

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