October - December 2018

Sun. 7 Oct. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. This is a woodland planted in the 1980's, now owned by J & J Franks, and forms part of the wider wildlife vision for the Nutfield Marsh area. We'll be continuing our woodland management work thinning and promoting native tree species. Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Note: pre task Breakfast in the woods 8am on, Please bring your own food & cooking utensils.

Sun. 21 Oct. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Willow Coppicing. Join us on this Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve. Today we will be coppicing willow at the western/railway end of the reserve. Meet in the car park off Nutfield Road, between the roundabout to Watercolour and Fordbridge. Grid ref: TQ295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

Sun. 28 Oct. REDHILL COMMON - Laurel & Sycamore Clearance. Joining forces with the local residents to continue clearing the alien species woody vegetation on this lovely Reigate & Banstead owned Common. NOTE meeting venue: Meet in the gulley opposite the junction of Linkfield Street and Whitepost Hill. Grid ref: TQ274500Postcode: RH1 6DE.

REMEMBER: We gain an hour today as the clocks go back!!

Sun. 4 Nov. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. Continuing our woodland management. Did you know we have 3 species of alder tree growing here (1 native & 2 continental). A bonfire on the eve of Guy Fawkes, but hopefully no fireworks! Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Note: pre task Breakfast in the woods 8am on, Please bring your own food & cooking utensils.

Sun. 11 Nov. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration work on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. We'll be clearing trees & scrub as well as scrapping off the litter layers to enable the heathland species to flourish. Did you know heather seed remains viable in the soil for over 100 years. By creating the right conditions Mother Nature will do the rest! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 25 Nov. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. The woodland management continues. We should be in a new area today. Did you know the Norway Spruce we are thinning is the true/original Christmas tree. Take one home today?!. Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Note: pre task Breakfast in the woods 8am on, Please bring your own food & cooking utensils.

Sun. 2 Dec. REDHILL COMMON - Laurel & Sycamore Clearance. Today we will be clearing a part of the Common separate from the main part and closer to Redhill, but with some lovely views to the north east. NOTE meeting venue: Meet in the gulley opposite the junction of Linkfield Street and Whitepost Hill. Grid ref: TQ274500Postcode: RH1 6DE.

Sun. 16 Dec. REDHILL COMMON - Tree & Scrub Clearance. Talking of viewpoints, today we'll be working on the viewpoint overlooking the Weald to the south, worth coming just to see the view. NOTE meeting venue: Meet outside Dunottar School, intersection of High Trees Road & Ringley Park Avenue, Grid ref: TQ269496/Postcode: RH2 7EN.

Sun. 23 Dec. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Christmas Special. Holding our famed Christmas Task, will it be a spit roast or a festive fry up? Please bring seasonal goodies to share!! Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Sun. 30 Dec. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Positively your last chance to do any conservation in 2018, or just work off that Christmas excess! Continuing our heathland restoration work. Bring all the family! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

A big thank you, for all your hard work in 2018 from your Committee, User Bodies, and not least the Wildlife!

SSSI Denotes Site of Special Scientific Interest, namely that it is of national importance and has the highest level of national nature conservation protection.

LNR Denotes site is designated as a Statutory Local Nature Reserve.

All Tasks Start at 10am, unless otherwise stated.

WHAT TO BRING:

Enthusiasm!
-Suitable work clothes - these should be comfortable, but hardwearing and allow ease of movement, but close fitting. Most experienced volunteers work on a layered clothing principle to keep you warm in winter, cool in summer.
-Good waterproofs - just in case! A jacket or cagoule and over-trousers made of waxed cotton, or breathable fabrics such as Gortex is ideal.Don' t rely on thin nylon cagoules, they don' t keep you warm or dry.
-A pair of work gloves.
-Stout footwear- boots or wellies. If you' re buying a new pair get steel toe capped ones for extra protection.
-A pack lunch - we provide clean water to wash and drink with, together with our own tea & coffee kit. Why not bring some homemade goodies to share!
-Sun hats & sun cream.
-Anti - tetanus jabs - not compulsory, but if you come out regularly we strongly recommend you keep your immunisation up to date.
-If you need a lift to and from site, please ask, as this can be arranged. Whilst most tasks are local and fairly accessible, we encourage volunteers to walk, cycle or car share.

Everyone is welcome, especially new faces! No previous experience is needed! You can stay as long or as short as you like. We normally finish around 4pm. There is no age limit, although volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or have a designated adult responsible for them.

Each task is lead by a skilled & experienced leader, who will explain at the start of each task:

-What we are doing and the reasons why
-How we are going to do it
-Site safety and the safe & correct use of tools

You' ll soon find you' ll pick it up, and other volunteers will help you too. Before you know it, you' ll be have a great time, promoting a worthwhile cause and getting to see some wonderful wildlife and landscape into the bargain. Not to mention the like minded people you' ll befriend! So, why not join us in looking after your local countryside. If you' d like further information, or have any questions to ask, please ring: Simon 01737 242644 Or see our website: www.racv.org.uk