Archive for March, 2015

Volunteering opportunities that help bring conservation to life!

Posted on Saturday 14th March 2015 at 4:55 pm by SH (Editor)

The Wild Place Project, Cribbs Causeway.

By Jade Stott (Volunteer Coordinator) and Gayle La Croix (Operations Manager) of the Wild Place Project.

The Wild Place Project, located near Cribbs Causeway, is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

Opened by the Bristol Zoological Society, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe, the Wild Place Project aims to inspire families to enjoy nature by offering a number of outdoor adventures. Guests of all ages can discover wildlife from the UK and around the world with our seasonal themed trails, woodland walks, amazing animal experiences and much more! Our incredible animals range from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to the striking grey wolves of Europe.

We are really fortunate to be supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who are helping us in the gardens, looking after the animals, engaging with our guests and supporting events and activities. We even have volunteering roles available within our maintenance team, for the more hands on among you!

We have seen fantastic developments to the project since our opening in July 2013, from new animal enclosures to play areas and gardens. Many personal goals have also been reached by our wonderful volunteering team. We are now preparing for our fast approaching spring/summer season with many more volunteer opportunities opening up.

Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people whilst helping us spread conservation awareness in a fun and inspiring environment, surrounded by like-minded people. As well as our wonderful animal collection, we are lucky enough to have large amounts of untouched land and beautiful gardens, including an area of protected British Ancient Woodland, so there are many ways to be involved – from volunteer rangers to gardeners and from guest services and maintenance to education.

The Wild Place Project is looking for individuals who love being outdoors and are outgoing, hands on people who want to encourage our guests to become more interested in our habitats, conservation and our amazing animals, as well as helping them to have a great day at a developing visitor attraction!

For more information on volunteering, including the various roles available, please visit www.wildplace.org.uk/volunteers or call 0117 980 7181.

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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A38 speed cameras to be switched back on

Posted on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Speed camera on the A38 Gloucester Road (northbound), near Patchway Roundabout.

Two static speed cameras on the A38 Gloucester Road in Patchway are among 29 units that Avon and Somerset Police says will be switched back on in the coming weeks for the first time since 2011.

Speed cameras across the force area were switched off four years ago when government funding was withdrawn for the joint local authority and police Safety Camera Partnership.

The force has recently bought six cameras for £1 each from Somerset County Council and 11 from South Gloucestershire Council. Two are owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, one by North Somerset Council and nine remain the property of Bristol City Council.

The sale of the cameras was agreed by South Gloucestershire Council in June last year, despite opposition from Conservative councillors, who argued that the public should be consulted before any decision was taken about switching them back on.

The 29 cameras will be switched back on in a phased programme, exact dates yet to be confirmed, over the coming weeks and months. Revenue raised from them will be used to fund their maintenance and enforcement.

The locations of the Patchway cameras are:

  • A38 Gloucester Road (northbound), near Patchway Roundabout
  • A38 Gloucester Road (southbound), near Redfield Road junction

Police Supt Richard Corrigan said:

“The ongoing work we have undertaken with our partners to reinstate static speed cameras in the force area is based on national research showing that cameras add value to road safety. 27% of priority issues raised with the police relate to speeding vehicles in our communities. Also, there was camera infrastructure worth more than two million pounds lying dormant on the roadsides in the force area. We believe that the static cameras can be operated in a cost-neutral way and that reactivating them for use alongside our mobile camera vans will help in making our roads safer.”

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