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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 →

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 →

Summer Sightings

Within the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed two butterfly species never previously observed at Anton Crescent Wetland, Avenue Primary School and Cuddington Meadows. The sightings of brown hairstreak (Thecla betula) at Anton Crescent Wetland and chalkhill blue (Polymmatus coridon)… Continue Reading →

Coppicing at Ruffett & Bigwood

Last week the SNCV were out coppicing at Ruffett and Bigwood, a large woodland nature reserve owned by the Woodland Trust, that the SNCV helps to manage. Volunteers go out  to Ruffett and Bigwood around twice a year to carry… Continue Reading →

Back to Queen Mary’s Woodland

Over the past year the SNCV have been actively involved in managing one of Sutton Council’s most recently acquired sites, Queen Mary’s Woodland. Earlier this year volunteers embarked on an epic task to remove large swathes of cherry laurel that… Continue Reading →

Butterflies for Beginners and the Big Butterfly Count

Last Saturday Sutton Biodiversity Team ran a course on butterflies, aimed at beginners to try and help people get to grips with identifying butterflies. During the training day, the group were led through butterfly life history, anatomy, some identification tips… Continue Reading →

Spring Tour!

On Tuesday 30th April volunteers were out and about for Spring Tour. This gave volunteers an opportunity to see the results of their winter coppicing work at Ruffett and Bigwood, and we were also lucky enough to visit some of… Continue Reading →

Chalk Grassland Habitats

 This week we are shining the spotlight on chalk grassland habitats. Here in Sutton we are lucky enough to have several chalk grassland sites, including: Cuddington Meadows, Avenue Primary School Nature Area, Carshalton Road Pastures, Devonshire Avenue Nature Area, Wellfield Grasslands… Continue Reading →

Carew Manor Wetlands Nature Area

On 1st April, the SNCV were off to Carew Manor Wetlands to cut back some of the overgrown grass and vegetation on the site. Carew Manor Wetlands is a small wetlands site tucked away in Beddington Park. It’s a great… Continue Reading →

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