Volunteering opportunities with Surrey Countryside Partnerships

There is an excellent selection of practical conservation volunteering sessions on offer this winter season January to March with the Surrey Countryside Partnerships conservation crews.

Our main task before bird nesting season begins is targeted scrub clearing, to open up the habitats so the rare flora and fauna can thrive. This enjoyable task is ideal for anyone new to conservation volunteering and is also suitable for group sessions by arrangement too.

Why not come and give it a try? There is no fixed commitment, you can join in as often as you like, for the full day or just mornings if preferred.

In particular, the Downlands Partnership conservation crew that works across northeast Surrey and into Croydon and Sutton areas, is keen to welcome new volunteers to join their friendly weekly team on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There are also Monday volunteering sessions held at the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area and some farm and livestock checker volunteering opportunities with the Downlands Partnership: Grazing team, which are based at Surrey County Council owned Old Lodge Farm near Carshalton.

The Lower Mole Partnership conservation crew works across north Surrey and Kingston, also on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The new Surrey Heathland Partnership conservation crew is now working regularly in Guildford and Woking areas and is going from strength to strength. They would also welcome further volunteers to join their Wednesday and Thursday sessions and there is also one seasonal Saturday session held per month.

Thanks to the recent generous funding support in the total sum of £2,500 through Surrey County Council's Your Councillor Community Fund from County Councillors Keith Witham, George Potter, Ayesha Azad and Will Forster, the Surrey Heathland Partnership habitat helpers have a new set of essential tools for their task sessions, including tree poppers, bowsaws and gloves.

Find out more about the latest seasonal conservation volunteering opportunities to get involved with:

You can also subscribe to the Surrey Countryside Partnerships quarterly e-newsletter to stay informed. Just sign up via the Surrey Countryside Partnerships homepage.

Our friendly countryside teams look forward to welcoming you along very soon.

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