Biodiversity records 2016

 

Help us create a Reigate Heath species list on this website!

Please share your wildlife observations and sightings with us (including date and location).

[Thanks to Phil Gates for his Green Tiger Beetle, Small Copper on Ling and Long-tailed Tit images http://www.cabinetofcuriosities-greenfingers.blogspot.co.uk ]

Tweet photos and sightings using our link @reigateheath 

Email records to foreigateheath@aol.com

Use our Facebook page Friends of Reigate Heath.

Every record has value!

(We are in particular short of butterfly and bird records.)

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2016 Guided Nature Walks by RBBC Ranger

 

Hot off the press!

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Countryside Ranger Hannah Roughley has put together an appetising range of guided walks and events around the Borough exploring the diversity of wildlife and beautiful nature we have on our doorsteps.

Click here for a link to the 2016 RBBC Guided Walks Programme

Two dates for the diary on Reigate Heath:

SATURDAY (not Sunday, as printed) 18 June 2.30pm-3.30pm

Reigate Heath: its Ecology and Management*

 

Lowland Heath is one of the most threatened habitats in the world. Come and admire the heather at its best and find out why lowland heath is so important to the wildlife of this country.

Meeting point: Flanchford Road car park, Reigate, RH2 8AB

Contact: Hannah Roughley, Countryside Ranger on 07814 718123

or email countryside@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

 

Sunday 25 September 10am-12pm

Fungal foray on Reigate Heath

Have you ever wondered what an Amethyst Deceiver is? Or a Greasy Bracket? Come and learn all about the weird and wonderful world of fungi on Reigate Heath with Dick Adler from the West Weald Fungi Group and the Countryside Team.

Meeting point: Flanchford Road car park, Reigate, RH2 8AB

Contact: Hannah Roughley, Countryside Ranger on 07814 718123

or email countryside@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

 

[* Image credits:

Thanks to Jeremy Early  for the image of a bee on heather. He is not only an extraordinary photographer, but also a renowned local expert on hymenoptera who has contributed to our knowledge of rare bees and wasps on the Heath.  www.natureconservationimaging.com

and thanks to Phil Gates for the use of his Green Tiger Beetle photo. Check out his website for captivating images and information on our wildlife, plants and countryside. http://cabinetofcuriosities-greenfingers.blogspot.co.uk ]

Reigate Heath User Survey 2016

A new Management Plan for the Heath is due next year and as part of the preparatory review, the Council are keen for ALL visitors to the Heath to take part in this online survey to share their experiences and comments. view_triangle&hill

So, please do take part!  

The Council has a legal obligation to care for Reigate Heath primarily as a nationally-important nature reserve and archaeological site and this is being reviewed in liaison with Surrey Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Historic England.

Please click here to access the survey.

The survey should take between 3 and 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on Friday 22nd April 2016.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact countryside@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

Whether you visit the Heath to enjoy the wildlife, walk your dog or perhaps live near it, please do have your say and let others know about it too. The Council would like to have a good representation from all user groups.

Conservation task days this spring

 

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Come and join in the fun!  There’s nothing like being outside working on the heath all day with the vols.

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Canon team-building task with RACV on one of the tumuli. There are now many heather seedlings emerging here.

 

For details on the amazing conservation work done on the heath over the past ten years by students from the Reigate Grammar School Duke of Edinburgh scheme, see here.

 

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Bell Heather Erica cinerea

Two more task days on the heath this spring:

Sun. 28 Feb 2016. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. Continuing the heather restoration programme on this nationally important site. Come along and discover why, what appears a destructive task cutting trees down, has a greater ecological benefit here. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

HAPPY EASTER!

Sun. 3 April 2016. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. Continuing the heather restoration programme on this nationally important site. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

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 lead 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 have a great time, promoting a worthwhile cause and getting to see some wonderful wildlife and landscape into the bargain. Not to mention the like minded 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: http://www.racv.org.uk

 

New noticeboard on the cricket pavilion

Check out our new noticeboard for news and information!

The purchase of this new noticeboard has been made possible through donations collected over the past seven years and will be a great help in keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. Last year the Friends also contributed towards the new interpretation board on Flanchford Road and the installation of the two new dog bins. We hope you like them! A big thank you to all those who have contributed over the years!