January - March 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sun. 19 Jan. KITCHEN COPSE SNCI/AW, BLETCHINGLEY - Woodland Management. A return to this lovely Sibelco owned ancient woodland, leased to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Come along and discover the world of woodmanship! A 'tidying up' of the wood before Spring comes. Meet in the track to the Copse, off Place Farm Road, Grid ref: 327523/Postcode: RH1 4QR.

Sun. 26 Jan. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heather restoration work, on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. By far the most protected of all the sites we work on, but also under the greatest pressure. Will be in the wet flush, under the pines or in the birches? Come and find out! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 9 Feb. WARWICK SCHOOL, REDHILL - Outside Classroom Management. A return to help our good friends here, developing a partnership with the School. If the railway embankment was not there and you carried on west from the Moors, you'd walk straight into this fantastic outside classroom straddling the Redhill Brook. Essentially, an extension of the Moors towards Redhill Town centre, and it looks just like it too! Meet at the School, end of Noke Drive. Grid ref: TQ284506 /Postcode: RH1 4AD.

Sun 16 Feb. SPYNES MERE, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Scrub Clearance. Resuming our good work in managing the scrub on this important reserve managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. Meet in the car park off Bletchingley Road, Grid ref: TQ306526/Postcode: RH1 3QN.

Sun. 23 Feb. 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.

Sun. 1 Mar. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heather restoration work, on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 15 Mar. REDHILL COMMON - Laurel & Sycamore Clearance. Completing the viewpoint clearance we started in December on this lovely Reigate & Banstead owned Common Meet outside Dunottar School, intersection of High Trees Road & Ringley Park Avenue, Grid ref: TQ269496/Postcode: RH2 7EN.

Sun. 22 Mar. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD- Woodland Management. Completing our woodland work for the season in this relatively new wood, which is responding so well to the work we have undertaken. Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Sun. 29 Mar. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Finishing the winter phase of our heather restoration work, on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. The Heath should be a blaze of yellow with the gorse in flower. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 5 Apr. 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.

HAPPY EASTER

A big thank you, for all your hard work in 2019 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.
SNCI Denotes Site of Nature Conservation Importance, namely that it is of countywide importance.
LNR Denotes site is designated as a Statutory Local Nature Reserve.
AW Denotes this wood is shown on the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Surrey.

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 led 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 having a great time, promoting a worthwhile cause and getting to see some wonderful wildlife and landscape into the bargain. Not to mention the likeminded 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