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We thought that you might like a little A-Z guide about how to conserve things. It took several years to finish, but we're finally done!

A is for ANIMALS
We like animals. They come in lots of forms: fluffy, wooly, noisy, angry and happy. We've seen lots of sheep, goats, cows, dogs, cats, voles and even some red squirrel. Some people on do eat slices of animal on their sandwiches, so beware! Does red squirrel taste like chicken?
B is for BOTANICS
Not a shampoo, the University's Botanical gardens offers us volunteers exciting days out like bee keeping or removing all the mud from a blocked up stream.
C is for CUPS OF TEA
  Lots of them!!
D is for DUCKBOXES
 
Check them out in Leazes Park. We made them with a little bit of help from Newcastle Consoc.
E is for EASINGTON
Easington once had a coal mine which extended five miles under the sea.


Con Soc regularly volunteered to help out on all sorts of tasks along the coast - from cutting gorse to digging out stream beds and building steps. One year we helped set up a bunk house on the top of Beacon Hill - the highest point on the Durham coast, with spectacular views over towards North Yorkshire. It was formed from an outcrop of what was originally a barrier reef laid down in a tropical sea.
F is for FIRE
Because conservation includes Burning Stuff. We promise it's good for the environment.
G is for GARDENING GLOVES

Although they're usually too big. Easy solution: get bigger hands.
H is also for HEDGE-LAYING
Not laying in hedges...
I is for INDIGESTION
This typically occurs if you eat your lunch too fast, or try eating a bonfire baked potato before it is fully cooked
J is for JOLLY NICE CAKE
We do like a bit of cake...
K is for KINKY FOOTWEAR SUCH AS WADERS
Because we'll inevitably end up chest-high in lovely reed beds trying to catch a duck. However tall our waders, there is always a slightly deeper patch of water
L is for LOPPERS
To be used only to cut things of thumb-width or smaller, though preferably not your thumb. It doesn't sound like our war-time first aid kit could cope with an amputation!
M is for MUD
Lots of mud is good for your skin. Fancy unemployed women often spend their husband's cash on being coated in mud. You get it free.
N is for NATURALIST
A scholar or student of natural history, the science of the natural world. Not to be confused with 'naturist' - we don't go nude. Well, maybe after a barcrawl and trip to Planet of Hound.
O is for ORNITHOLOGISTS
We've been to the Farne Islands where you can see many types of birds and also many types of bird-watchers.
P is for PINTS
After a hard day's conservation, there is little better than a pint. Or two. Or three.
Pints are also nice after a conservation movie night, and also feature heavily in conservation drinking games.
Unfortunately we can't find a pub in Durham that serves Alcofrolic (pictured) - but if you know better, then let us know and the male members of the exec will go running!
Q is for QUESTIONS
"If you are a conservation society why are you always cutting down trees and burning them?" is our favourite question.
R is for ROCKROSE
Which we potted as babies and sent into the real world to help the declining Durham Argus Butterfly
S is for STASH
You wear it to keep warm and show off our fancy logo.
T is for TREE FELLING
A seemingly bizarre favourite of the 'conservation' volunteers, which usually precedes a fire.
U is for UNIQUE
We are the only student society in Durham to offer such conservation volunteering fun.
V is for VOLUNTEERING
We like to volunteer with lots of wildlife and nature groups.
W is for WIGLOO
We made an igloo out of willow. One day, we're going to make the President live there, and defend it from the amazing jumping ram.
X is for XENODOCHIAL
We had to work to find an 'X', but it means we're hospitable and kindly to strangers. ^_^
Y is for YELLOW WATER PROOF PANTS
Locked away in our tool shed for the past twently years. Previous owners include the likes of Lord Voldemort.
Z is for ZZZ...
We're always sleepy after a long day volunteering.