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Renovating Lea Ford Cottage
The re-thatching of Lea Ford Cottage, a historic Tudor farm cottage, has been an important project at the Hams Hall
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The Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme – Our Achievements
The wetlands of the Tame Valley, located along a 20km stretch of the River Tame between Coleshill and Tamworth, offer
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Tame Fish (Part 2)
Here’s another dreamy, relaxing video of fish on the River Tame. In 2016, Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership led a
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The River Tame as you have never seen it before
Tame Valley Wetlands is excited to share with you the first of a few short videos filmed underwater in our fabulous
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A Journey Through Tame
Fasten your seat belts and watch our film below for a whistle-stop tour of the Tame Valley Wetlands Nature Improvement
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Balsam meets its match at Church Pool Covert!
Tameforce transform a forgotten stream in a day!
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Telling the Tale of the Tame
Watch three wonderful films created and produced by History Needs You, sharing your memories to tell the Tale of the
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Working together in the Tame Valley Wetlands – celebrating our achievements!
Nearly one hundred volunteers and representatives from local groups and organisations on the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership came together
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Sand Martins move into the Community Wetlands at Kingsbury Water Park
Welcome to your new home!
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Himalayan Balsam meets its match!
Himalayan balsam is meeting its match right now in the Tame Valley Wetlands scheme area thanks to the support from
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New tenants arrive at Hams Hall
Back in February we installed a series of wildlife cameras and nest boxes around the office at Hams Hall. During
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We’re in the final for the UK River Prize 2018!
Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership reaches the final for the prestigious UK River Prize 2018!
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Invasive Species Week (23-29 March 2018)
Organisations across Britain are coming together for a week of action to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and the
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Tamworth Spring Clean
DOZENS of bags of rubbish, four shopping trollies, two bicycles and a bench frame were among the waste and litter collected
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TORC lend a hand
If you’ve noticed any extra conservation work going on around Tamworth in the last few months, you may have TORC
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Heritage Training Workshops to be held in Warwickshire
Warwickshire County Council in partnership with Tame Valley Wetlands is to hold a series of heritage training workshops over the
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A Journey through Tame – Trailer
Here’s a short trailer of a journey we took through the Tame Valley Wetlands – full version coming soon..!
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Tameforce volunteers donate over 7,000 hours since 2015
A team of dedicated volunteers have been improving the landscape of the Tame Valley Wetlands for wildlife and people, totalling
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On your bikes! Pedal-powered Christmas cinema pops up in historic Hall
Don't miss a unique opportunity to experience a Christmas classic -with an eco-friendly twist- on Saturday 9th December at Middleton
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Work on the willows continues at Borrowpit Lake
The Lamb Angling Club held a work party on Sunday, 19th November 2017 to continue the work on the willows which
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Start of the ‘big’ stream clean up at Borrowpit Lake
In just 4 hours we removed 10 bags of rubbish from 30m of stream. Read more about what we found.
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Pathway improvements at Borrowpit Lake
Tame Valley Wetlands are extremely grateful for help by six volunteers from Keir Services who transformed a dark, enclosed pathway
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Curdworth hedge receives heritage makeover
If you have driven along the Kingsbury Road through Curdworth village you may have noticed some work happening at the
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Mini-beast hotels
Tame Valley Wetlands worked with the Community Environmental Trust to enhance an outdoor space at St. Gerards Primary School in
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Quotes requested for the production of films
TVWLPS is seeking to commission a series of promotional films for its circular and long distance walks in the Tame
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Quotes requested for the creation of animated film
TVWLPS is seeking to commission a short animated film to illustrate the story and importance of the Tame Valley from
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Himalayan balsam meets its match!
Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership is working with CABI scientists and Partners to introduce a new control method for Himalayan
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Lights, camera, wildlife, action!
If you had the opportunity to film your experiences in the Tame Valley Wetlands, what would they include? Walks? Wildlife?
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New Gnomes and Toy Trains
This is a story of generosity, of kindness and of garden gnomes. You may remember the great ‘Gnome Massacre’ at
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Friends of Tame Valley Wetlands launch meeting
The Friends of Tame Valley Wetlands will represent the local communities in the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership (TVWLP) and
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Apprentice Blog: Goodbye Tame Valley Wetlands
25.08.17 Today is my last day as a marketing apprentice for the Tame Valley Wetlands. I have enjoyed every moment
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NCS participants lend a helping hand!
Over the summer, almost 100 young people on the National Citizen Service (NCS) gave their time to help out on
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Project Update: New Circular Walks
Two new circular walks leaflets have been produced with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.
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Wildlife Discovery Day – BioBlitz 2017 Success!
Kingsbury Water Park's, Community Wetland is teaming with wildlife after 612 species were recorded throughout a 24 hour BioBlitz.
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Tame Valley Wetlands’ Celebration Supper!
The Tame Valley Wetlands team invited local community groups, councillors, partners and volunteers to an evening of celebration on 13th
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John Muir Award Update
Since January 2017, 33 young people across the Tame Valley Wetlands have achieved their John Muir Award (Discovery Level) with
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Vole Patrol
Tame Valley Wetland volunteers kicked off vole patrol training yesterday.
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Community Wetland vandalised
A community wetland area at Kingsbury Water Park has been vandalised for a third time in as many weeks.
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TameFest’s third year of successful celebration!
The community came together to  celebrate the landscape and heritage of the Tame Valley Wetlands for the third year in
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Some of our key achievements so far…
Thank you to our staff, partners, volunteers and funders for their fantastic support so far!
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Tamworth to welcome popular heritage event, TameFest!
TameFest 2017 will take place on Tamworth Castle Grounds, on Saturday 27th May for its biggest edition yet. Hosted by
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Ratty’s Return project update
Tame Valley Wetlands are on a mission to create a wetland corridor fit for Water Voles, once a familiar sight
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Visitor Centre gets a facelift
As part of the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme, the Kingsbury Water Park's visitor centre is getting an £80,000
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Quotes requested for production of way marking posts
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme c/o Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is requesting suppliers to quote for the production and
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BBC Countryfile visits the Tame Valley Wetlands
The BBC’s most popular rural show visits North Warwickshire in search of Britain’s fastest declining mammal, the water vole, discovering
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UPDATED tender request: Crowdsourced Cultural Heritage Project (Telling the Tale of the Tame)
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme (TVWLPS) are looking for consultants to deliver a crowdsourced cultural heritage project.
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Quotes requested for the creation of trail guides
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme requires the design and creation of a series of engaging, fun and informative
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Discover, explore and conserve – a John Muir Award Tale
Students at the Kingsbury School have been on a journey of discovery as they explored their local country park as
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Make a Difference in Conservation, Train for Free!
Local people are being offered a FREE, nationally recognised qualification in Environmental & Heritage Conservation. Courtesy of the Tame Valley
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Invasive Species Week 27th March – 2nd April
This week is Invasive Species Week, hosted by NNIS (Non-native invasive species). Would like to know more about them specifically?
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Partnership Scheme engages with 2,500 school children!
Since May 2015, Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme has engaged with over 2,500 children from 31 different schools.
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Communities invited to contribute to the Tame Valley Wetlands’ future vision
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme is inviting community groups and individuals with an interest in heritage, access to
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An important time for the Tame Valley Wetlands
The Tame Valley Wetlands, spanning from Birmingham through rural North Warwickshire and Tamworth, is a landscape of real importance for
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Community Wetlands Project completed
The new and improved Sand Martin bank has now been installed at Kingsbury Water Park's Community Wetland.
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Doing our bit for National Nest Box Week
BTO National Nest Box Week: 14th-21st February 2017 In preparation of the BTO’s 20th National Nest Box Week (NNBW) and the onset
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Tesco Bags for Help Projects
Work has started on the ground to improve walking routes throughout the Tame Valley Wetlands area, thanks to Tesco's Bags
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Tameside LNR welcomes Sand Martins with new Des Res
Sand Martins migrating to the Tame Valley now have a new custom made hotel at Tameside Local Nature Reserve.
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Hedgerow restored at Whitacre Heath SSSI
During January 2017, contractors working for Tame Valley Wetlands restored 170m of native hedgerow using traditional methods at Whitacre Heath
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Six of Britain’s Toughest Winter Wildlife
Winter is the coldest and darkest time of year. While we’re keeping warm in our heated houses and warm clothing,
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A New Year’s Resolution to Volunteer?
It’s that time of year again! New Year’s resolutions are being made and at the top of many people’s lists
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Tame Valley Wetlands 2016 Highlights
This year has been a busy one for the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme. Led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
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Wandering in the Woods
There has been a journey of discovery this year, as young people from Project Nirvana, run by Warwickshire Community and
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Watch the Community Wetlands project film!
Have you heard about our wetland creation project at Kingsbury Water Park? Watch the short film we made about this
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Launch of Warwickshire Wildlife Watcher Scheme
A new scheme to raise awareness and improve reporting of incidents of wildlife crime is being launched in Warwickshire on
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Taming the Tame!
A major project to restore an island along the River Tame in Fazeley got underway this week as part of a Heritage
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Woodland transformed thanks to local residents!
Coleshill’s residents joined forces with the Tame Valley Wetlands, local councillors Dom Ferro and Adam Farrell and Amey NDS to
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Six Months with the Tame Valley Wetlands team.
Six Months with the Tame Valley Wetlands team!   Six months already?! Yep, I couldn’t believe it either but September
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Summer 16′ – Young fun in the sun!
A summer of youth engagement across the Tame Valley Wetlands Young people tend to get a bad rep in the
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Access Task Force Volunteers Wanted!
Become a Tame Valley Wetlands Access Task Force volunteer!   Interested? Click here for more details.
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NCS Tamworth’s battle with balsam!
A team of 16-17 year-olds from Tamworth’s National Citizen Service (NCS), led by UpRising Birmingham, have given over 300 hours
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A ‘buzzing’ day at Kingsbury Water Park!
Kingsbury Water Park buzzes in the sunshine! On a hot, sunny, somewhat breezy day, visitors to Kingsbury Water Park enjoyed
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TVW Newsletter Issue 2!
  Click here for the latest updates and information that’s happening in the Tame Valley Wetlands!
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Fun Work Experience Week!
Steven Reilly’s account of his work experience week with the TVW team: From the 27th of June to the 1st of
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TameFest 2016 Success!
Tame Valley Wetlands has celebrated its local heritage with the annual TameFest event, hosted this year at Kingsbury Water Park.
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#VolunteersWeek
Volunteering This week we’ve celebrated volunteering and encouraged people to join in. Volunteering is an essential asset to any charity,
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TameFest Raffle Winner…
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the TameFest Raffle 2016 is Green 107 (AD979675). To claim your
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Join in the fun at TameFest – Sat 28 May!
Please click here for more information on TameFest 2016 !
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Throwback Thursday – Lea Ford Cottage
The History of Lea Ford Cottage   Seen as it’s a Thursday, we’ve decided to do a throwback and what
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John Muir Award Opportunities
John Muir Award! Is your youth group looking for a new challenge? The John Muir Award is a great way
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#TameYouth – Volunteering Opportunities
 Join TameYouth!   TameYouth is for young people (16-25) in the area who are keen on the outdoors, want to
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Spring Walk
Enjoy a Spring Walk!   Copyright – Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Join a guided walk through Ladywalk Nature Reserve, and enjoy
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Access Audit Training
Help make our landscape more accessible to all! Tame Valley Wetlands and Walk Unlimited are offering a training course on Access
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Hedgehog Ecology and Management for Practitioners
Hedgehogs need YOUR help!     Tame Valley Wetlands are extremely pleased to offer you the chance of attending a
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Bird Identification Course
Calling all Bird Lovers! Join us at our Hams Hall office for a day discovering and learning how to identify
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Update on Kingsbury’s Community Wetland Project
Work on Kingsbury’s Community Wetland began in February 2016, led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Warwickshire County Council
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The New Marketing Apprentice!
Hello Everyone! My name is Ebony Smith and I’m the new marketing apprentice for Tame Valley Wetlands! I have been at
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‘Circular walks in the Tame Valley Wetlands’ project needs your vote!
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, as lead partner on the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership, is through to the final voting round
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2016 community grants open for applications
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Lea Marston Lakes Planning Discussion: Public drop-in event on Tuesday 19 January
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Exciting new community wetland project receives boost from Biffa Award
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has been awarded a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award to create a new community wetland at Kingsbury
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Merry Christmas!
A very Merry Christmas from the Tame Valley Wetlands’ team and partners! Wishing you all the very best for 2016 –
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New Tame Valley Wetlands Activity Guide now out!
The latest Tame Valley Wetlands Activity Guide, covering December 2015 to April 2016, is now available! You can pick up your
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Kingsbury Water Park Visitor Centre – Tender
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership is inviting contractors to submit a tender for the redevelopment of Kingsbury Water Park
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Local groups receive over £7,000 from TVW community grant
The Tame Valley Wetlands have awarded grants to 6 local groups, which will be used to deliver environmental projects in
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Latest newsletter
We will be releasing quarterly newsletters to update you about our work, what’s happening locally and upcoming events. In this
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Youth Engagement Officer – Job Advert
We are seeking a Youth Engagement Officer for the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The job
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Access Improvement Officer – Job Advert
Sorry – job application window now closed for this role 🙁 We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to
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Website maintenance
Our website is now back up and running under the new domain www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk! We are, however, experiencing some problems with
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Follow us on Social Media for all the latest news!
You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out all the latest news about the scheme and the Tame
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What’s on this week?
There’s lots going on for all the family in the Tame Valley Wetlands this week! TameForce at Broad Meadow Local Nature
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1st Tame Force Work Day
  The first Tame Force date will be on 23rd of June 2015. Our location will be the Castle Vale
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Changing Places Toilet at Kingsbury Water Park
The Friends of Kingsbury Water Park are pleased to announce that there will be a temporary Changing Places Toilet in
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Applications open for community grants
Applications are open for our own Tame Valley Wetlands Community Grant! A total of £10,000 is available for local groups,
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£2.5 million Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme in full flow…
PRESS RELEASE Thanks to £1.8 million from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund, an exciting and ambitious new landscape partnership
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Two new positions available with the Tame Valley Wetlands!
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are seeking TWO motivated and skilled individuals to join the Tame Valley Wetlands (Landscape
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Fritillary Walk
Discover one of our most iconic wild flowers: the Snake’s Head Fritillary or chess flower! Broad Meadow Local Nature Reserve
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Fairytale canal bridge gets a makeover
As part of the Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme, the Canal & River Trust have restored one of the most unusual and
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Willow Wonders event at RSPB Middleton Lakes
We’re very excited to announce our very first family event! On Friday 10th of April, join in the fun at
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Follow us on social media for all the latest news!
We’re now fully embracing social media! You can still read our blogs here – however, for the most up-to-date and
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Access and Interpretation Officer(s) – Job Advert
We are advertising for one x 4 day per week Access & Interpretation Officer role, or two x 2 day
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Chairperson required for the Tame Valley Wetlands
The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership (TVWLP) is looking for a motivated and passionate individual to Chair our Partnership Board,
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Planting in your community or school
The Woodland Trust have 4,500 tree packs to give away across the UK this autumn to school and community groups. The closing
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Wilding the Tame Project
Click here for an update and blog on our first large-scale river restoration project – Project A3: Wilding the Tame at
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Website Update…
We’ve refreshed a few pages of our website and added a little more content – have a look around and
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Tame Valley Wetlands Team. 2015 is set to be a busy
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Friends of Kingsbury Water Park – September’14 Newsletter
Click here to view online or download the latest newsletter from the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park. You can find out
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CABI releases rust fungus to control invasive weed, Himalayan balsam (26 August 2014)
From today, not-for-profit research organization, CABI, will be releasing a rust fungus at locations in Berkshire, Cornwall and Middlesex as
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Things are buzzing at Kingsbury Water Park!
Saturday 16th August was a rather dull and breezy day but nevertheless, people turned out in their numbers to Kingsbury
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Youth Engagement Officer – Staffs WT Job Advert
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is seeking a Youth Engagement Officer for the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme. This post will
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Wetland Landscape Officer – WWT Job Advert
We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual, with experience of working along rivers and their floodplains, to lead and
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Access and Interpretation Officer – WWT Job Advert
Do you have a sound knowledge of the environment, conservation and heritage? Are you enthusiastic about sharing this with people
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Training and Education Officer – WWT Job Advert
Do you have an environmental conservation, heritage or countryside management background and have experience of, and an enthusiasm for, training
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Community and Events Officer – RSPB Job Advert
Are you passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring? Do you enjoy meeting new people and sharing your love and knowledge of wildlife?
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Seen us on BBC Midlands Today Springwatch?
As we get the ball rolling on our exciting new scheme to help restore and reconnect people with the hidden
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Finance & Admin Officer Job Advert (TVWLPS & SFF)
Finance and Administration Officer Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is seeking a talented individual to lead the administration and financial affairs of
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Have your say on one of our first large-scale wetland projects!
We’re currently seeking the extra funding we need (in addition to the funding now secured through the Heritage Lottery Fund) to carry
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TVWLP Scheme Manager Job Advert
Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme – Scheme Manager Closing Date: Monday 5th May 2014 The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership
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Press Release: 3rd April 2014
£1.7 million funding awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Tame Valley Over £1.7 million has been secured
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Maintenance works to website
Over the next week we will be updating many of the Discover Tame Valley web pages. During this process only
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Our Partners: an updated list (March’14)
As of the beginning of March 2014, the following list of 18 organisations are the official members of the Tame
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Working with nature to reduce flooding…
The Tame Valley provides a good example as to how best we should help reduce flood risk: dredging, particularly in the
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Executive Summary
The River Tame is the largest tributary of the River Trent and the main river in the West Midlands, approximately
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Completion of the Development Phase
An Update: The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership (TVWLP) submitted its second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
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Press Release 07.08.13
Development of £2.4 million Tame Valley Wetlands Scheme in full flow… A Partnership of organisations behind an exciting new scheme
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July Update…
We’ve had a busy month continuing to develop the scheme… We’re working closely with Barker Langham to carry out community
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Spring Update…
We’re now well underway in the development phase of our second round Landscape Partnership application to the Heritage Lottery Fund
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Welcome to the TVWLP website!
Hello and welcome to the new Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership (TVWLP) website! Thanks for visiting. The scheme, funded by
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