Lower Mole Countryside Management Project

VOLUNTEER TASK PROGRAMME

WINTER 2002

The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project volunteers carry out practical work in the countryside to enhance and maintain the natural beauty of our area.  We rely on you to help us achieve these aims.  If you have time on your hands this winter, and are aged over 16, why not give us a try?

CHATLEY HEATH

This important heathland site is managed by Surrey County Council.  Working with the Ranger for the site, we will be clearing scrub to help the regeneration of heather.

BUTCHERS GROVE, EPSOM

Our second visit to this woodland this season.  Again we shall be coppicing hazel, working in the same compartment as before Christmas; the heathers and stakes will be used this time for hedgelaying in Ashtead.

EPSOM AND WALTON DOWNS

The Project has restored a large area of chalk grassland over the years and the wildlife that is dependent on such habitat has improved as a result.  Working closely with the Downs Conservators, we shall be carrying out further scrub clearance this winter.

FOOTPATH 596, ASHTEAD

Using the coppice products from our work in Butchers Grove we will be laying a hedge which runs alongside the footpath.  As it is on the boundary of Ashtead Common, their volunteers will work with us.

PRINCES COVERTS

Our volunteers will be returning to this site to complete the clearance around Jessops Well and the woodland track.   This private woodland in Oxshott is owned by the Crown Estates and is normally only accessible with a permit (free of charge).

OXSHOTT HEATH BOG

Another return visit to the wet bog which we worked on in the autumn.  Oxshott Heath is a SSSI for its heathland and associated wildlife.  We will be continuing with the scrub clearance and tree felling to retain the open aspect of the site and to help prevent it drying out.

ASHTEAD COMMON

One of our most popular work sites, this National Nature Reserve is owned and managed by the Corporation of London.  It is home to many ancient oak pollards and is an important site for birdlife.  We shall be clearing glades and coppicing areas of scrub along the woodland edges of the footpaths and bridleways to create a more diverse habitat for wildlife.

RIVER LANE, LEATHERHEAD

The meadows and hedges managed by Mole Valley District Council by the River Mole are important landscape features here.  Our volunteers will be coppicing an overgrown hedge to rejuvenate it and increase its wildlife habitat.

NORBURY PARK

In March we will return to Norbury Park, a 500-acre site owned and managed by Surrey County Council.  A popular site with our volunteers, it is located within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Working alongside the Rangers we will be carrying out important habitat improvements.

ELMBRIDGE COMMONS

At the time of writing the task still has to be confirmed, but we will be carrying out important habitat work on one of the Elmbridge Commons SSSI.

ASHTEAD PARK

A former deer park, this site is managed by Mole Valley District Council.  It comprises meadows, woodland and ponds and supports large numbers of wildlife.  We will be carrying out scrub clearance as part of the grassland management for the site.

HEADLEY WARREN

Another one of our most popular sites.   Those who came on our summer tour know the abundance of chalk grassland plants and flowers that thrive on this privately owned SSSI.  We will be clearing dense scrub to restore more chalk downland.

VOLUNTEERS INFORMATION

For all tasks our happy band of volunteers meet at 10am on site.  However, we do provide a pick up from our office at Horton Country Park at 9.15am every normal task day or from Epsom Station at 9.30am on weekdays and Sundays (however if you require a lift you MUST let us know beforehand, because we won’t drive to Epsom if no one has rung).  Please bring warm clothes and waterproofs, and it is advisable to wear wellingtons or strong boots or shoes.  Full training and supervision, first aid and insurance cover are provided.   We also provide coffee, tea, squash and biscuits, but remember to bring a packed lunch.  Please let us know beforehand whether you will be attending a task, so that we can let you know if there has been a change of site. The answerphone gives details of any changes.

The number to ring is: 01372 743783

 

                                    LOWER MOLE VOLUNTEERS

WINTER 2002 MIDWEEK TASK PROGRAMME

 

DATE

GRID REF

SITE

TASK

MEET

January

 

 

 

 

Tues   8th

Wed  9th

Thur 10th

191618

Butchers Grove

Coppicing

Workshops, behind Rangers Office, Horton Country Park

Tues 15th

Wed 16th

Thur 17th

079583

Chatley Heath

 

Heathland management

 

Pond Car Park, Old Lane

(furthest from A3)

Tues 22nd

Wed 23rd

Thur 24th

188594

Princes Coverts

Woodland ride management

 

The Star Pub, Kingston Road, Malden Rushett

Tues 29th

Wed 30th

Thur  31st

188594

Footpath 596, Ashtead Woods Road

Hedgelaying

 

Corporation of London Offices, Woodfield Road

Ashtead

 

February

 

Tues   5th

Wed  6th

Thur   7th

195539

Headley Warren

Chalk downland restoration

Ryka’s Caf´┐Ż Car Park,

On A24 at Box Hill

 

Tues 12th

Wed 13th

Thur 14th

149572

 

River Lane, Leatherhead

 

Hedge coppicing

 

 

River Lane,

off Randalls Road

 

 

Tues 19th

Wed 20th

Thur 21st

138616

Oxshott Heath Bog

 

Heathland restoration

 

Public Car Park, Sandy Lane, Oxshott

Furthest from Warren Ln

Tues 26th

Wed 27th

Thur 28th

188594

 

Ashtead Common

Scrub clearance

Corporation of London Offices, Woodfield Road, Ashtead

 

March

 

 

 

Tues  5th

Wed  6th

Thur  7th

224584

Epsom & Walton Downs

Chalk downland management

Downs Conservator Hut by B280 roundabout at Tattenham Corner

Tues 12th

Wed 13th

Thur 14th

152548

Norbury Park

Scrub clearance

Fetcham Car Park at top end of Young Street

Tues 19th

Wed 20th

Thur 21st

193587

 

Ashtead Park

Scrub clearance

Through white gates off A24.  Car Park at end of the drive. 

Tues 26th

Wed 27th

Thur 28th

TO BE CONFIRMED

Elmbridge Commons Site

 

Scrub clearance

PLEASE RING FOR DETAILS IN MARCH

 

 

 

 

 

                                  LOWER MOLE VOLUNTEER

WINTER 2002 WEEKEND TASK PROGRAMME

 

DATE

GRID REF

SITE

TASK

MEET

January

 

 

 

 

Sun  7th

 

 

NO TASK

 

Sun  13th     

079583

Chatley Heath

Heathland management

Pond Car Park, OldLane

(furthest from A3)

Sun  20th

 

 

NO TASK

 

 

 

Sun  27th

188594

 

Footpath 596, Ashtead Woods Road

Hedgelaying

Corporation of London Offices, Woodfield Road, Ashtead

February

 

 

 

 

Sun  3rd

273583

TASK BEING

Banstead Woods

ORGANISED BY

Scrub Clearance

DOWNLANDS

Holly Lane Car Park PROJECT

 

Sun  10th

149572

River Lane, Leatherhead

Hedge coppicing

 

River Lane,

off Randalls Rd

 

Sun  17th

NO TASK

 

 

Sun  24th

188594

Ashtead Common

Scrub clearance

Corporation of London Offices, Woodfield Road, Ashtead

March

 

 

 

 

 

Sun  3rd

 

 

 

NO TASK

 

 

 

Sun  10th

224584

Epsom & Walton Downs

Chalk downland management

Downs Conservator Hut by B280 roundabout at Tattenham Corner

Sun  17th

 

 

 

 

NO TASK

 

 

Sun  24th

TO BE CONFIRMED

Elmbridge Commons Site

Scrub clearance

 

PLEASE RING FOR DETAILS IN MARCH

 

 

 

 

HEALTH TIPS FOR MOLES

There are 3 diseases to be aware of if you are involved in practical conservation work – Tetanus, Weil’s and Lyme’s Disease.   However, don’t panic, these are rarely encountered.  The first two are easy to avoid with basic hygiene: wash your hands before eating and wash out any cut you get on site with plenty of water – we always have clean water available for this.   Tetanus is very painful and (if not diagnosed early) sometimes fatal.  However it is entirely preventable by making sure your immunisation is up to date.  If in doubt, consult your doctor.  Weil’s disease is carried by rats and is associated with stagnant or still water.  This can be avoided by covering any old or new cut with a waterproof plaster before starting work on a pond, river or ditch and by consulting your doctor if you get an unseasonable cold or flu after working on one of these.  Lyme’s disease is carried by ticks, which are often found in long vegetation, especially bracken.  Symptoms are flu like and a rash may appear at the site of the bite.  To avoid this keep exposed skin to a minimum and check regularly for ticks.  If in doubt consult your doctor.  In addition if you suffer from any illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, then please let the staff know.  This information will be kept in strictest confidence.

 DIARY DATES

UPCOMING EVENTS        

River Mole Event, Leatherhead – Sunday 26th May.  Behind Leatherhead Football Club.  This event will aim to promote the river and the diversity of wildlife and history associated with it.

Charitable Trust Meeting – Thursday 17th January

At Horton Country Park 7.30pm.  A chance to find out more about the new Trust which will support the work of the Project, and learn how you can become involved in running it.

For further information on the work of this Project contact us on

01372 743783   

Or write to: The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.

Or email: nick.owen@surreycc.gov.uk

 The Lower Mole Project is sponsored by Surrey County Council,

Elmbridge Borough Council,

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council,

the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

and the Corporation of London

The Lower Mole Project is affiliated to the

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers