Working to preserve, protect and enhance the Dearne Valley
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The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) is a five year scheme running until June 2019. We are focusing on the historic  buildings and landscapes of the Dearne Valley, working with communities to protect, preserve and enhance the area. The DVLP is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

September 2015

Welcome to the DVLP's September Newsletter. We've been busy working on lots of projects across the Dearne Valley, as well as getting plenty of events and activities lined up for you to get involved in this month. Have a read through our project updates and our upcoming events information to find out all about them.

Volunteer Walk Leader Training
 

Do you enjoy walking and helping others? As a Volunteer Walk Leader you could help people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not receive.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in there are places available on our Volunteer Walk Leader Training, which is taking place on Friday 25th September at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The training is free of charge, includes a light lunch and will teach you everything you need to know to lead your own health walks.

To reserve your place please contact:
Walk Well Barnsley on 01226 433351
Email: rebecca.bibbs@swyt.nhs.uk

Follow The Dearne

The DVLP have been working with Faceless Arts to produce an innovative outdoor performance which will bring the stories of the Dearne Valley to life.

Throughout the summer, children from communities across the Dearne Valley have been exploring their local history and transforming the stories this has revealed into a special performance.

September will see these performances showcased in a number of unusual locations within the Dearne Valley, along with the opportunity to get involved in creative workshops and see the entertaining Faceless Heron. 

The first performance will take place in Wombwell High Street at 12.30pm on Saturday 5th September. Free, drop-in workshops will be running from 11.00am - 3.00pm and the Heron will be making an appearance throughout the day.

Future performances will take place at Worsbrough Mill on 12th September, Elsecar Heritage Centre on 13th September and in Mexborough on 20th September. See our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for more information closer to the events. 

Service Please! The Co-op Geocaches

With the help of some experienced Geocachers and working with Experience Barnsley,  the DVLP have developed an exciting new Geocache route in Darfield. Geocaches are containers that are hidden in publicly accessible locations, with the co-ordinates then placed on the internet. You download the co-ordinates onto your phone or GPS device and then go on a "treasure hunt" to find them. 

Contributing to the Service Please! exhibition currently on display in Experience Barnsley, the three caches in this series link together the former Barnsley British Co-operative Society shops in Darfield. The caches lead you to the historic  locations of the Darfield Co-ops and highlight some interesting facts about their history.

After installing the caches and hosting an introductory launch event on 8th August 2015, the caches have now  been found by almost 100 people - could you be the one to  find them next?

There's also still time to see  the Service Please! exhibition in Experience Barnsley and discover more about the Barnsley British Co-operative Society. The exhibition will continue until Sunday 27th September 2015.

Upcoming Events: Wildlife Workshops
 
Working with Sorby Natural History Society, the DVLP are delivering a number of wildlife surveying and identification training workshops.

All of our workshops are free of charge, although booking is required as places are limited.

Have a look below for the ones coming up this month and email
dvlp@barnsley.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Reptile Survey and ID Training - This workshop will cover the identification of reptiles using live animals, along with considering habitat types, survey techniques and site by site survey programmes.

This workshop is on Saturday 12th September 2015, from 10.00am - 3.00pm at Elsecar Heritage Centre

Identifying Hoverflies for Beginners - Hoverflies are a great group of insects to study and this workshop will help you get to grips with their identification. It is aimed at a beginner level and will mainly be hands-on using keys, specimens and stereomicroscopes.

This workshop is on Tuesday 29th September 2015, from 10.30-4.00pm at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Please email dvlp@barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 772139 to book a place on any of our workshops.

Our workshop series will be continuing over the coming months - look out for our October Newsletter for details of next month's events.
Project Update - Glassby Arch

The DVLP is really pleased to be working with Mexborough Charitable Trust and other local enthusiasts to help restore this historic arch and reinstate it in a prominent location. Their hard work over a number of years has been rewarded, with work now well underway on site.

The arch is really beginning to take shape and work is set to continue throughout September. Keep a look out for a further update next month, when the finished item may well be revealed!
DVLP & OPAL Butterfly Survey

On Friday 28th August the DVLP and OPAL were out and about in the Dearne Valley conducting butterfly surveys with volunteers at two key sites.

The butterfly surveys were completed at Littleworth Park, which was previously Monk Bretton Colliery and Phoenix Park, which was previously Hickleton Main Colliery. These sites were specifically chosen as survey sites as they are both examples of former colliery sites but which now have the potential to support biodiversity.

Despite some difficult weather conditions we were really pleased to be able to record a total of 33 butterflies at Littleworth and 15 at Phoenix park, with a good range of different species identified. Across the two sites these included recordings of:
  • Large White
  • Small White
  • Common Blue
  • Speckled Wood
  • Gatekeeper
  • Meadow Brown
  • Wood White
The records we obtain from carrying out environmental surveys like our butterfly survey contribute towards our knowledge and understanding of sites. This also fills gaps in ecological data, all of which enables more sympathetic management. 

Whilst environmental surveys are very much a seasonal activity and at the mercy of weather conditions, we will be conducting further surveys which you could get involved with. 

Keep a look out as we will be publishing our regular monthly surveys (weather dependant) and we would like as many people as possible to get involved. 

In the meantime, you can visit our website to read the full report on our last butterfly survey.
Oaks Commemoration
 
Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the worst mining disaster in English history at the Oaks Colliery, Barnsley. Plans are already underway to commemorate this national event and we have been working with local designers Script Media to create a new commemorative logo.

The logo is freely available for people to use (for non commercial use) to help raise the profile of the disaster and to link together the range of commemorative events. If you are involved in any events or activities working to commemorate the Oaks disaster you can download the logo from our website and use it freely on posters, leaflets, educational resources or your social media profile picture.

If you would also like to find out more about the Oaks disaster and get involved in the research we are currently conducting,  please visit the DVLP website www.discoverdearne.org.uk or get in touch with us via dvlp@barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 772139
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