DWT SNCI officer takes on challenge of a lifetime
Friday 22nd April 2016
(Above) Mark James on a DWT reserve © Amanda Marler
In May, DWT’s SNCI Officer, Mark James will take on an epic 1000mile cycle challenge from Lands End to John O’Groats.
Mark hopes to raise £2,000 to create 8 ha’s of bountiful wild flower meadow on the Old Prison Fields at DWT’s Winfrith Reserve, using local seed and low-impact techniques.
Why did Mark decide to do this?
"I really got into cycling again after giving up running due to twinges in my right knee…probably my age as well!
Last year, I cycled from London to the New Forest, a total of about 85m. Cycling to the New Forest really gave me a lot of confidence, and so I bought myself a touring bike via Cycle scheme, http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk. I was planning to use it for keeping fit and seeing more of the countryside. Somehow during the next few days this idea of 'seeing more of the countryside' germinated into 'seeing all of the country', whilst chatting with friends!
Doing something I love to raise money for another passion of mine... it would be silly not to!
‘In 2009, I took my passion for the environment; added to it the required training together with volunteering…Now my job is all about surveying the wonderful diversity of flowers, insects, birds and mammals that live and depend on Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).
Lands End to John O’Groats is something I have been thinking about doing for a while now, so if I can do something I love (Cycling) to raise money for another passion of mine, then it would be silly not to.
Money raised will go to the Green Hay project
The Green Hay project is an excellent way of preserving the local identity of wildflower grasslands. We plan to harvest wildflowers and grasses just as they are shedding seed and still ‘green’ from the donor site at Tadnoll to create a meadow at Old Prison Fields. The result is a flower-rich meadow. My hope is that in years to come, I will be surveying this new SNCI!’
Sponsor Mark and follow his epic journey
Mark plans to record the adventure on his blog on Twitter and you can track his journey as he conquers this 1000 mile cycle challenge and shares what it means to complete this unforgettable ride.
If you'd like to sponsor Mark, visit his Just Giving page.
If you are interested in taking on a challenge to help raise money for wildilfe in Dorset, contact Jodi Hibbard on 01305 264620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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