Harrow Nature Conservation Forum
Volunteer warden needed for Stanmore Country Park
Stanmore Country Park is a 33 hectare site immediately north of Stanmore town centre. It has a great range of habitat. The southern parts are on the London clay and include mature woodland and a large open meadow, 40 Acre Field. The more northern sections lie on the fast draining Claygate beds and Stanmore gravel and support acid grassland glades within the woodland. A stream, Cloisters Brook, runs through the site and feeds two small ponds at the southwest corner of the reserve. The Park is home to some unusual species including the white-letter hairstreak butterfly. Despite its proximity to Stanmore it is never busy and often deserted. The site has an up to date and detailed management plan and just been awarded Countryside Stewardship funding, beginning January 2019.
More information about Stanmore Country Park
John Hollingdale has been volunteer warden of Stanmore Country Park since 1992. He has been responsible for many improvements, particularly in restoring and connecting the grassy glades. John now needs to step back from the role, and we intend that following a handover period the warden will take over full responsibility for the Park, although John will still be around to give advice and guidance. The warden will join and be supported by a community of volunteers and others including both the Greater Stanmore Country Park Management Committee, a committee comprising councillors, council officials and volunteers that oversees the management of Stanmore Country Park together with the adjoining Wood Farm and Pear Wood; and the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum, the umbrella group for all the volunteer wardens of Harrow’s wild open spaces. The Forum has a large stock of tools and survey equipment and can provide both expertise and manpower for conservation tasks whenever required.
The main responsibilities of the warden are:
Walking around regularly to check on the site and interacting with the public.
Defining and organizing volunteer and contractor work on the site.
The role should occupy about one full day per week.
This is a real opportunity to put ecological knowledge into practice and guide the management of a site to increase biodiversity. It would suit:
an ecology or nature management undergraduate or graduate who would like to add practical experience to their taught expertise. This role is a great springboard towards a career in conservation: two of our volunteer wardens have moved on to full time paid positions at the Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust and DEFRA.
or an active early retiree who is interested in nature - we will support you to learn more of the theoretical basis for management practises.
The role is unpaid but reasonable travelling and other expenses will be reimbursed. For more information and discuss possibilities contact Stephen Bolsover at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 0779 483 7302.