April - June 2018

Sun. 15 Apr. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD. Come and help discover what species we have growing in this J & J Franks owned wood. We'll also start removing an old internal fenceline. Meet in the access road off A25 before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Sun. 29 Apr. KITCHEN COPSE SNCI/AW & HOLMESDALE PROJECT, BLETCHINGLEY - Bluebells & Tree Planting Maintenance. Come and see the ground flora in this lovely Sibelco owned ancient woodland, leased to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. We'll also spend some time checking on our tree planting on the adjoining fields. 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. 13 May. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing the heather restoration programme on this nationally important site. Today we will be raking off and removing the litter layer in areas we worked on over the winter. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 20 May. AGM & AFTERNOON TEA. Come along and have your say on the running of the Group, elect (or even stand for) your new Committee, or simply just socialise for afternoon tea! Please bring a contribution to share. 2pm. Meet in the Heath Church off Flanchford Road. Grid ref: 244502/Postcode: RH2 8AB

NOTE: please park in the Heath car park not in the access road to the church/houses as this is private property.

Sun. 27 May. NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Wetland Planting Management. We'll be on the Moors & Holmethorpe Lagoons checking on our past wetland planting and removing fencing as necessary. Not see this wonderful Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve, then come and join us! We'll also have a range of jobs on the reserve for those not wetland orientated! Meet in the car park off Nutfield Road, between the roundabout to Watercolour and Fordbridge. Grid ref: 295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

Sun. 10 Jun. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD. Continuing our fence removal, as well as seeing what species Spring has to reveal in this new wood. Meet in the access road off A25 before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Sun. 24 June. NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Wetland Planting Management. Continuing our work on the Moors & Holmethorpe Lagoons checking on our past wetland planting and removing fencing. We'll also have a range of jobs on the reserve for those not wetland orientated! Meet in the car park off Nutfield Road, between the roundabout to Watercolour and Fordbridge. Grid ref: 295517/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