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Yateley Country Park

June 2015

Up and Coming

Over the coming months the Rangers will be undertaking Nightjar Surveys and offering members of the public an opportunity to join them on a guided walk in search of these rare birds. Nightjar walks are being run on Wednesday 17 June on Castle Bottom NNR and 15 July on Yateley Common Country Park.

Our usual Summer fun events programme will be running over the summer holiday offering local young people the opportunity to have fun pond dipping, bug hunting, building shelters and following an adventure trail. These events allow local families a chance to explore the local countryside and learn more about this important habitat. Booking for all our summer fun events is essential.

To book on to any of these events visit our online shop.

Volunteers

The Sunday Conservation Volunteers have been helping with Rhododendron removal in the woodlands of Yateley Common and working with the Rangers and local Rights of Way team to open up and resurface a bridleway accessing the Common. They will continue to work on these task throughout the summer months before continuing with much needed scrub clearance works on the heath in the autumn/winter. These volunteers meet on the last Sunday of every month 10am - 1pm, and provide vital support in the conservation and management of Yateley Common. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested please contact us at northern.sites@hants.gov.uk or telephone 01252 870425. Families are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

We also have a small group of Thursday Volunteers who join us each week to help with day to day task such as installation of dragons teeth, path maintenance, scrub removal and survey work.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Over the last few months our Sunday Volunteer group has been joined by local students undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh Award. We are happy to try and support young people looking for opportunities to undertake community volunteer work or gain experience in the field. Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult unless otherwise arranged.

Education

The summer term has been extremely busy for the Rangers who have provided sessions for over 25 schools or after school groups, working hard to introduce local school children to our countryside sites, exploring ponds, bug life, learning about habitats and lifecycles and enjoying nature. Take a look at our Education Programme to see the variety of activities we can offer.