January - March 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Sun. 6 Jan. REDHILL COMMON - Tree & Scrub Clearance. Today we'll be working on the viewpoint overlooking the Weald to the south, worth coming just to see the view and a great way to kick off a new year of tasks. Meet outside Dunottar School, intersection of High Trees Road & Ringley Park Avenue, Grid ref: TQ269496/Postcode: RH2 7EN.

Sun. 13 Jan. 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 Norway Spruce 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. 20 Jan. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Willow Coppicing. Join us on this Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve. Today we will be coppicing willow at the western/railway end of the reserve. Come and see how the water levels have risen. Meet in the car park off Nutfield Road, between the roundabout to Watercolour and Fordbridge. Grid ref: TQ295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

Sun. 3 Feb. WARWICK SCHOOL, REDHILL - Outside Classroom Management. NEW SITE! 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, it looks just like it too! The start of what we hope will be a developing partnership with the School. Meet at the School, end of Noke Drive. Grid ref: TQ284506 /Postcode: RH1 4AD.

Sun. 10 Feb. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. We should have finished the southern end of the wood, and be moving on to a new part of the plantation. Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Note: pre task Breakfast in the woods 8am on, Please bring your own food & cooking utensils

Sun. 17 Feb. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI - Willow Coppicing. Today we'll be finishing coppicing willow at the western/railway end of the reserve. Meet in the car park off Nutfield Road, between the roundabout to Watercolour and Fordbridge. Grid ref: TQ295517/Postcode: RH1 3HH.

Sun. 3 Mar. WARWICK SCHOOL, REDHILL - Outside Classroom Management. NEW SITE! Continuing our partnership work extending the Moors habitat. Not like any classroom I was ever taught in at school! Meet at the School, end of Noke Drive. Grid ref: TQ284506 /Postcode: RH1 4AD.

Sun. 10 Mar. REDHILL COMMON - Tree & Scrub Clearance. Continuing our viewpoint clearance and extension work, but no droning on about Gatwick please! We may also finish off our pre Christmas laurel clearance. Meet outside Dunottar School, intersection of High Trees Road & Ringley Park Avenue, Grid ref: TQ269496/Postcode: RH2 7EN.

Sun. 17 Mar. QUEEN ELIZABETH PLANTATION, NUTFIELD - Woodland Management. Last chance in the woods this winter! The difference you have made in this relatively young wood is amazing. Large parts of it now look totally natural. Meet in the access road off A25 by Glebe Lodge, just before the M23 bridge (Redhill side). Grid ref: TQ313509/ Postcode: RH1 4HN.

Note: pre task Breakfast in the woods 8am on, Please bring your own food & cooking utensils.

Sun. 24 Mar. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration work on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. We'll be clearing trees & scrub as well as scrapping off the litter layers to enable the heathland species to flourish. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun. 7 Apr. THE MOORS, NUTFIELD MARSH SNCI -Redhill Brook Clearance Today, we'll be undertaking our annual clearance of the Redhill Brook, removing any obstructions and rubbish washed down over the winter, before the spring vegetation really gets going. Last year we captured a terrapin, so you never know what you may find! Meet in the car park at Fordbridge, off Nutfield Road, by the entrance to Linden Homes new development. Grid ref: 295517.

Sun. 14 Apr. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR - Heather Restoration. Continuing our heathland restoration, scrapping off the litter layers to enable the heathland species to flourish. Did you know heather seed remains viable in the soil for over 100 years. By creating the right conditions Mother Nature will do the rest! Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

HAPPY EASTER

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.

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