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Autumn Creatures

As autumn is now upon us, there are many seasonal changes that you have probably encountered over the past few weeks. You may have noticed the bounty of blackberries growing on brambles; conkers dropping from horse chestnut trees and the… 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 →

Welcoming the New Year at Wandle Valley Wetlands!

This Tuesday the SNCV were back in action after the Christmas break, and kick-started the year with a trip to Wandle Valley Wetlands. Wandle Valley Wetlands is a local nature reserve that sits alongside the River Wandle. The reserve is managed… Continue Reading →

Reedbed Cutting at Anton Crescent

This frosty Tuesday, the SNCV began the first stage of pond works at Anton Crescent Wetlands. This local nature reserve is fairly small in size, but has one of the densest reedbeds in the whole of Sutton, and is home… Continue Reading →

Pond Work Begins!

As we approach the end of November and the beginning of December, pond work season is underway for the SNCV. Volunteers have been getting back into the waders and braving the cold waters to clear out ponds once again. Pond work… Continue Reading →

Task Day Update – Roundshaw Woods

Over the past few weeks the SNCV have been regular visitors at Roundshaw Woods. The team spent several task days getting stuck into removing overgrown trees and scrub, growing against the fence line that borders the site. This stretch of… Continue Reading →

Losses to Common European Bird Species

Last week the Guardian published an interesting article that highlighted the startling decline of common bird species, such as the sparrow and skylark, across Europe. This information comes from a recent study, which has shown that bird populations across Europe… Continue Reading →

Homes for Wildlife: Bird Box Building

This week the Biodiversity Team were at Whitehall Museum in Cheam discussing homes for wildlife and helping visitors build their own bird box. Bird boxes are a great substitute for holes and cavities in trees, especially in areas that have… 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 →

Conker Season

Autumn brings colder weather and shorter days creepup upon us. Although it becomes increasingly tempting to stay inside to escape the cold and wind, there’s plenty of interesting plants and wildlife to see out and about this time of year. One of the familiar… Continue Reading →

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