VOLUNTEER conservationists in Huddersfield are set to get training to help improve the habitats of birds and butterflies.
A programme of free training evenings and practical conservation sessions has been organised by independent not-for-profit company the Environmental Alliance, based at John William Street in Huddersfield.
The programme will look at creating and improving the habitat of birds such as the yellowhammer, linnet, bullfinch, song thrush, willow tit, spotted flycatcher and dunnock as well as several species of butterfly.
Alliance spokeswoman Clare Christian said: “Species such as the linnet have suffered a fall in number of 56% on farmland between the 1960s and the 1990s.
“The decline of our wildflower meadows and thickets has had a huge impact on the diet of the linnet, which is mainly grass and wildflower seeds.”
Volunteers will be able to sign up to work on projects at Kilner Bank, the reserve near the Galpharm Stadium; at Pighill Wood, an ancient area of woodland near Longwood; at Paddock Clough and at Dean Wood in Netherton.
The slide show evening will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 14, at the Methodist Mission, Lord Street, Huddersfield. A second session will be held on Wednesday, November 12, at the same time and place.
Contact Environmental Alliance on 01484 533422 or 07817 904948.