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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Working Wednesdays

Although some of the heavier duties are performed by contractors, the mainstay of habitat management work at Heyshott Escarpment, and on other Murray Downland Trust reserves, is performed by a dedicated band of volunteers. This is a chance to make a real difference and leave a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. The work being performed at Heyshott and further afield will ensure that the precious downland habitat in the care of the trust, and the wildlife it supports, are well catered for long into the distant future. It’s also a great way to keep fit, both physically and mentally. If you attend, you will be visiting one of the most beautiful spots within the South Downs National Park, so bring your camera along to record the stunning views and autumn colours.

Between October and March (inclusive) each year, work parties set off from ‘Upper Cranmore’ (GU29 0DL, Grid Ref SU899178) at 9.00 am every Wednesday, unless inclement weather is likely to make working on the slopes hazardous or particularly unpleasant. If arriving later, it is relatively easy to find the group out on the reserve, by listening for power-tools or looking for bonfire smoke. By heading for Grid Ref SU899168 you should be close enough to see volunteers at work. The image (right) shows an entirely male group, but women regularly attend these work parties, as do all age groups. The slopes are steep in places, so a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. Everyone receives a warm welcome.
Appropriate, protective clothing (warm and waterproof) is essential, including strong footwear, gloves and eye protection. Tools (bow saws, rakes etc.) are made available and there are duties to suit everyone.

Further details can be provided by Mark Colvin (07818 405859), Colin Knight (07704 830104) or Neil Hulme (07778 306816).
Neil Hulme

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