- Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019 - Wednesday, 14 August 2019
- On this day every month
- Location: Mare Hill Common, Witley Roke Lane Witley GU8 5NZ
- Time: 10:00 - 15:30
- Cost: Free
Volunteer sessions from 10:00 - 15:30 usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month, though there are occasional sessions on other Wednesdays.
Meet 10:00 at the small car park off Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NZ (SU 936 399). Sessions led by Vicky.
Wednesday 11 April
Installing bollards: We will be installing and replacing bollards to help protect the common from unauthorised vehicle use, parking and fly-tipping.
Wednesday 8 May (08:00 – 13:00)
Wildlife surveying: We will take a break from practical work today to seek out some of the rare and specialised species that make Mare Hill their home. This is a great time of year to survey for heathland birds and reptiles, so this is where we will concentrate our efforts. Any bird sightings will feed into a wider bird survey we are undertaking on Mare Hill this year. Please note the earlier start (and finish!) time.
Wednesday 12 June
Path surfacing: We will add some surfacing to a section of path which is prone to getting wet and muddy, so hopefully making visiting Mare Hill in the winter an easier and more pleasant experience.
Wednesday 10 July
Wildlife surveying: We will take another break from practical work today to take a closer look at the wildlife which benefits from our work. As it is mid summer we will be concentrating our efforts on sun loving species such as butterflies, dragonflies, and other invertebrates. This day is important for us to gain a snapshot of how the wildlife at Mare Hill is faring and to monitor the effectiveness of our management.
Please note that we will need good weather for this survey to be worthwhile, so if the forecast is bad we will swap this day with next month's task.
Wednesday 14 August
Path cutting back and site maintenance: We will cut back over hanging vegetation from paths and carry out some general site maintenance.
For more details about volunteering, please contact the Parks and Countryside Team.