A GROUP of enthusiastic volunteers that helps protect the beauty of a Seaton Carew nature reserve is appealing for more members.
The Friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Dunes and Common work closely with conservationists to protect and improve the area that is home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife.
On Wednesday, members joined volunteers from Hartlepool Parks and Countryside Team to install new steps on the sand dunes as part of work to improve a path from the embankment down to the sheltered area where a new nature trail is being created.
The steps will make access easier and safer for visitors to the area.
A series of hands-on tasks involving the friends group are planned over the coming months.
Friends group member Jill Oberlin-Harris said: “We are looking for more people to join the group.
“We are quite a small group at the moment of about a dozen and we need more people to help with the practical tasks which are going to be happening every month.
“The area is absolutely magnificent. There are lapwings nesting at the moment and hundreds of wild orchids are in flower.”
The next conservation day involving the friends is on Thursday, July 19 at Seaton Common and Teesmouth National Nature Reserve.
Volunteers will help keep the plant ragwort under control.
On Thursday, August 22, the group will install a bench and treat bird hides at Seal Sands.
Then on Thursday, September 19, the friends will cut back Japanese rose and carry out a litter pick at the beach and dunes.
All the above activities will take place between 10.15am and 3pm. Any new volunteers aged over 16 are welcome to join.
Helpers are advised to wear suitable clothes and take a packed lunch.
If you want to join in any of the tasks contact Stan Filipowicz on 07973 869792.