August - September 2017

Sun. 6 Aug. BUCKLAND POND - Pond Management. Joining forces with the local villagers for our annual visit to this picturesque & high profile pond and Green. Our principle target this time is removing as much of that alien invader plant Crassula. Meet by the Pond, off the A25, Grid ref: 222509/Postcode: RH3 7BH. Wed. 9 Aug. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Burdock Removal.

This is a Surrey Wildlife Trust event not ours, but feel free to join in! Meet in the car park at Fordbridge, off Nutfield Road, by the entrance to the Watercolour development. Grid ref: 295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH. Please contact SWT's Task Leader Ross Packman 07968 832504 if you are coming.

Wed. 16 Aug. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Site Management. This is a Surrey Wildlife Trust event not ours, but feel free to join in! Meet in the car park at Fordbridge, off Nutfield Road, by the entrance to the Watercolour development. Grid ref: 295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH. Please contact SWT's Task Leader Ross Packman 07968 832504 if you are coming.

Sun. 20 Aug. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration on this important site. Today, we will be clearing the litter layers off the Glade area we worked on previously. It's doing really well, but could just do with some tlc to maximise the fruits of our labours. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 3 Sept. KITCHEN COPSE SNCI/AW, BLETCHINGLEY - Woodland Maintenance. A variety of tasks to do today. Come and see this lovely Sibelco owned ancient woodland, leased to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Meet in the track to Kitchen Copse, off Place Farm Road (look out for A4 RACV signs), Grid ref: TQ 327523/Postcode: RH1 4QR.

Sun. 17 Sept. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Site Management. Today, we'll be undertaking a range of tasks on this lovely Wildlife Trust wetland reserve. Meet in the car park at Fordbridge, off Nutfield Road, by the entrance to the Watercolour development. Grid ref: 295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

Sun. 1 Oct. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration clearing the litter layers off areas we worked on previously. By creating the right conditions Mother Nature will do the rest! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

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