A Sewa Day report from Steve Blatt for The Rugby Group of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Volunteers
‘We had the pleasure of welcoming back the wonderfully community minded group from Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh HSS – Rugby branch for part of their annual Sewa day. A day across the world, where 1000’s of people volunteer their time to make communities a better place.
We all met up in the small car park by Ashlawn Road bridge, where we were treated to a few very tasty snacks before heading down to the ‘cutting’ to start the task for the day. Luckily the sun was shining and it soon warmed up to be a very pleasant day. The task was to rake off and clear the grassland area by the bridge, which had been cut earlier in the week and to push back the surrounding scrub to open up the grassland. All the volunteers were soon hard at work and it was great to see the youngsters fully engaged and learning as they went, very impressed with their efforts and stamina. In all a total of 63 hours were donated on the day to help maintain the grassland habitat, which is a rare commodity in Warwickshire these days.
Luckily, with the sunshine out, some wildlife appeared so Phil and Steve were able to find little frogs, a toad, Common Darter and Southern Hawker Dragonflies, and Comma, Large White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Common Blue butterflies to show.
The time passed quickly and soon the area was clear and it was time to go, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, in fact so much so that we’ve already agreed to do it all again on Sunday 4th October 2015. Raj also gave each of the Rugby Group volunteers a Sewa day t-shirt, which we will all wear with pride, as it was a genuine pleasure to host such a fabulous happy hard working group and have the opportunity to share the beauties of the Cutting and their special day.’
A huge big thank-you to all the volunteers that came and helped with cutting the lawn. Chatting afterwards all 4 of us who were involved expressed how much we had enjoyed it and trust it was the same for you.
As ever the Rugby Group would love more volunteers to help with their reserve management and if any individuals or groups would like to get involved please contact
Volunteer Manager – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
(t) 02476 302 912 or (e) Amanda.Evans@wkwt.org.uk