Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers

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Biodiversity Education Volunteer – VACANCY CLOSED

We now have an opportunity for someone to assist our Education Officer in the delivery of our spring and summer school and holiday activities. Become a volunteer Get the newsletter Sutton nature events

Task Programme – Out now!

The new task programme is now out: July – October 2016! We’re continuing our summer season of botanical surveys, study days to help you brush up on your identification skills (continuing this Saturday with butterflies and more works at Queen Mary’s… Continue Reading →

Our National Pollinators

Good lord, we’re well into March already. And after a balmy winter, Friday (4th) brought about the years first grass cut in my garden. After blowing out the cobwebs, cleaning the air filter and checking the oil and petrol, off we… Continue Reading →

Trees

I’m sure there have been many an iconic verse throughout the annals of history, dedicated to trees. Keats, possibly, Wordsworth, inevitably and Shakespeare almost certainly. I’ll be honest, I did think about searching ‘trees and Wordsworth’ in Google in order to… Continue Reading →

Roughin’ it in Ruffet and Bigwood

After my latest trip out with the Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers, I am now relaxing at home with aching biceps, feeling tuckered out yet exhilarated. Earlier today I have been putting my newly acquired tree felling skills to good use in… Continue Reading →

Brown Hairstreak

According to the authors of ‘Butterflies of Surrey Revisited‘, “finding an adult brown hairstreak is one of the most difficult tasks for a butterfly enthusiast”. As a fond admirer of the fluttering jewels, I must count myself very fortunate then, for… Continue Reading →

Reed Beds

By November, I had assumed that our annual grass cuts had been completed, with our green hay spread, our seeds sown and our plugs planted. So surely it was time to put away the rakes and let them lay dormant until… Continue Reading →

Grazing Consultation – Wellfield South

Over the last few months, the London Borough of Sutton Biodiversity Team have run a small consultation on the potential grazing of Wellfield South, a 0.6ha site in Carshalton Beeches. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/3/embed?mid=zBEeORJ6TYVo.kHhQVpw6PvHE&w=640&h=480] The Biodiversity Team are happy to report that the majority… Continue Reading →

Green Hay

One of our main aims at the SNCV is the conservation and improvement of sites of wildlife value throughout the borough. On Thursday, the team headed over to Roundshaw Downs with the intent of doing just that through ‘sward enhancement’. This is a management technique… Continue Reading →

Surveying

On Saturday, I took part in another wildlife training day at the Ecology Centre, with Dave (Sutton councils Biodiversity Officer) at the helm. This time, we were exploring the lives of dragonflies, or Anisoptera (warriorflies) and Zygoptera (damselflies) as I now like… Continue Reading →

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