May - June 2019

Sun. 12 May. AGM, BBQ & TOOLS DAY. Come along and have your say on the running of the Group, elect (or even stand for) your new Committee. We'll then have a lunchtime BBQ (Please bring your own food & drink, as well as something to share) before spending the afternoon keeping our tool kit in top notch order. Meet at Martin & Janet's ‘Torteval', 11 Brew House Road, Brockham. Postcode: RH3 7NL

Sun. 26 May. NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Wetland Planting Management. We'll be on the 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. 9 June. HOLMESDALE PROJECT, BLETCHINGLEY - Tree Planting Maintenance. We'll be spending the day checking on our tree planting which is contributing to the creation of a 4km long woodland linking up existing woodland blocks, including the lovely Sibelco owned Kitchen Copse 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. 23 June. 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. Come and see what's coming up as a result! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

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 countrywide importance. 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 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

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