We began dredging Tanyard Pond in Horley in August (shown above) to deepen and restore it. This project is in conjunction with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and has been welcomed by local residents concerned that the pond has all but dried out for the second year running. The photo shows how murky the pond is currently, part of the process is to thin the trees around the outside to allow more light in. See task programme update on Volunteer Task programme page.
The Project is currently working with Crawley Borough Council to enhance the management of Willoughby Fields, a series of meadows, surrounded by hedgerows, on the north west of Crawley. The site, which is largely owned by CBC, is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, and hopefully will, in time, become Crawley’s 4th Local Nature Reserve. At the moment Fleabane (see photo below) is the most obvious flower around the site. Over the autumn and winter we hope, with the assistance of our valuable volunteers, to fell the small oaks and other trees which are beginning to scrub over the valuable grassland habitat.
Other dates for your diary
Horsham District Council’s Countryside Rangers run volunteer activities
on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Please phone 01403 731218
for more details.
The Friends of St Leonard’s Forest have tasks on the fourth Sunday
of each month. Meet at 10.0am near the gate to the north
entrance of St Leonards Forest (by the Rangers Lodge) on the bridleway
off Forest Road, Colgate.Grid ref. TQ 221 324. phone 01403 731885
for more details.
The Crawley and Horsham group of Sussex Wildlife Trust meet monthly
and have guest speakers. The venue is Ifield Community Centre, Ifield
Drive, Crawley. Admission is £1.00, with a raffle and tea
and biscuits available.