January - March 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sun. 14 Jan. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. This is a woodland planted in the 1980's, now owned by J & J Franks. Franks have offered land to extend Spynes Mere Nature reserve, and working this woodland helps in delivering the wildlife vision for the Marsh area. Meet in the access road off A25 before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Sun. 28 Jan. SPYNES MERE, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Scrub Clearance. Join us on this Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve, owned by Sibelco. Today we'll be scrub bashing and burning up! Meet in the car park off Bletchingley Road, Grid ref: TQ306526/Postcode: RH1 3QN.

Sun. 4 Feb. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration work in the Glade and around the Windmill Hill, on this important site. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 18 Feb. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. Finishing our winter woodland work for the season. Meet in the access road off A25 before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Sun. 25 Feb. SPYNES MERE, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Scrub Clearance. Continuing our scrub clearance on this Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve. Meet in the car park off Bletchingley Road, Grid ref: TQ306526/Postcode: RH1 3QN.

Sun. 4 Mar. REDHILL COMMON - Tree & Scrub Clearance & Burn Up. A return to this popular site. We'll be clearing invasive Sycamore & Laurel. Meet outside Dunottar School, intersection of High Trees Road & Ringley Park Avenue, Grid ref: 269496/Postcode: RH2 7EN.

Sun. 18 Mar. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration work. 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 Mar. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Redhill Brook Clearance. Our annual trawl of the Brook running through the site to remove any debris accumulated over the winter, on this Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve. Meet in the car park at Fordbridge, off Nutfield Road, by the entrance to the Watercolour development. Grid ref: TQ295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

SAC Denotes Special Area of Conservation, namely that this is of international importance designated under the EU Habitats Directive.
SSSI Denotes Site of Special Scientific Interest, namely that it is of national importance and has the highest level of national nature conservation protection.
SNCI Denotes Site of Nature Conservation Importance, namely that it is of countywide importance.
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