Biodiversity Education Volunteer – vacancy

We now have an opportunity for someone to assist our Education Officer in the delivery of our spring and summer school and holiday activities.

Children at Queen Mary’s Woodland

This role is suitable for candidates who are looking to improve their career opportunities in  environmental education or gain experience of working with children, as well as candidates who are looking for a rewarding long term volunteering opportunity.

The successful candidate will be supporting the Biodiversity Education Officer in all aspects of running the London Borough of Sutton’s Biodiversity Education Service. This includes bookings, promotion and resource preparation and delivery of education sessions. Full training will be provided.

For more infromation and how to apply, check out the job description!
Biodiversity Education Volunteer Description 2018

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Marching on, the month of Mary’s

The release of a new task programme can be a time of excitement, as we look forward to the forthcoming season. At this time of year, particularly when we’ve had a cold winter, it is always nice to think of warmer and longer days. This programme is no different, with the usual mix of practical habitat management and site monitoring.

But as Sutton’s Biodiversity Team are soon to bid farewell the their Project Officer, who has been spearheading the transformation at Queen Mary’s Woodland, it is only fitting that the programme kicks off with Task Days that continue this good work. And by way of a conclusion the last day of the programme in June, sees a botanical survey at the woods to help record what has been achieved.

So if you want to join Alex, Dave, Mark and the rest of the SNCV regulars, we would love to welcome you to the team.

March 2018 to June 2018

Task days take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as on weekend dates throughout the month.

One person’s Task Day is another person’s chance to get out in the fresh air, meet like minded people and contribute to something worthwhile. Programme out NOW !

The new task programme is now out

November 17 – February 18

For many the recent clock change will no doubt mark the point in the year where thoughts turn to the rich colours of leaves, frosty mornings and sitting by a warm fireside. Or an efficiently heated radiator, for the more clean air minded amongst you.

So as the celebration of  Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers’ 30th year draws to a close, why not join fellow volunteers for some fresh air and the reward of natural beauty, as we try and cram in a host of conservation activities into the darkening days.

Task days take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as on weekend dates throughout the month.

Summer Holiday Fun

Do you have, or know of, any children aged 3 years old or above? Are you already a nervous wreck, seeing the Summer Holidays stretching out in front of you, wondering how are you going to entertain them for more than 6 weeks?!

Never fear, Sutton Ecology Centre has a fun-packed programme of events throughout the summer holidays to reduce your burden, just a  little! And we all know that a good dose of fresh air always tires them out!

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Will you spot a kingfisher on the Wandle Wildlife Fun Day?

The fun kicks off with a Wandle Wildlife Fun Day on 1st August.  There will be a trail of hidden pictures and information about the animals you could find along the River Wandle, as well as a chance to get up-close with some of the creatures that live in and along the River, including dragonfly nymphs, water boatmen and moths.  You may even be lucky enough to spot a gorgeous kingfisher!

There’ll be a craft activity and lots of information from the experts to entertain and educate you and the little ones, so why come along and dip your toes in?
This is a drop in activity, so no need to book, just turn up any time between 11am and 2pm.

The cost is £4 per child, 3 years and up.

 

 

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A bee, being busy!

You’ll need to book onto the Go Wild for Bees day on 8th August to avoid disappointment.  Your little ones will learn all about why bees are so busy, through playing fun games, tasting honey and making and decorating a bee hotel to take home (plus we’ll throw some free wild flower seeds in too, so you can promote bees at home)!

Only £5 per child, ages 3 years an up. Book here: http://37.188.117.158/suttonecology/

Hazel-Nut-Flower-FairyLastly, come and join in with the Flower Fairies Adventure on either the 14th or 15th August.  Find the fairies with their flowers, plants and trees, listen to fairy stories on the lawn, make fairy gates and gardens and make your own natural flower fairy or elf to take home.  This is also a drop-in activity ,so no need to book, just turn up any time between 11am and 2pm on either day.

Again, only £4 per child, ages 3 and up.

With all of this, plus lots of fun Wildlings Forest School activities such as mallet making and a 3-day camp, you need look no further to make this Summer Holiday a huge success!

For more information and booking, visit our Event page: https://suttonnature.wordpress.com/events/.

Latest Task Programme – Now Out !

The new task programme is now out

March – June 2017

As the weather starts to show signs of improving, so habitat improvement activities are set to exploit the warmer temperatures and increasing day light hours.

With hundreds of plants, seeds and trees set to grace the lighter conditions at Queen Mary’s Woodland, created over the last twelve months or so, now is a great time to help improve this local nature site.

With a number of  mid week and weekend Task Days planned for the next couple of months come and join fellow SNCV volunteers as they continue to celebrate 30 years of ‘Helping Wildlife on Sutton’s Doorstep’.

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Tough decisions : The cost of cuts

Some of you may have seen the post that we shared on Facebook earlier today regarding the funding arrangement between Surrey County Council and Surrey Wildlife Trust. Whilst we have removed the post, as we have been made aware that there were some inaccuracies in the information we shared, the case does raise cause for concern.

Surrey Wildlife Trust announced last week the restructuring of its countryside management team, following budget cuts by Surrey County Council. Government cuts mean the council can no longer afford to pay for its countryside estate and SCC wants it to become self-financing by 2021.

With many local authorities facing unprecedented budget cuts, local councillors are making difficult decisions about where money should be spent. As there are many services which councils have a statutory obligation to provide, cuts and reductions are invariably being felt in services which are not mandatory. Regrettably such cuts are most likely to be felt by silent services which may not have a large number of users but which we probably all enjoy and cherish, either directly or indirectly.

In the case that was highlighted it is clear that Surrey Wildlife Trust is having to take tough decisions about how it continues to manage the natural habitats it looks after, in face of the reduced budget it is receiving.

As wildlife doesn’t respect administrative boundaries what happens in Surrey could have an impact in Sutton or other neighbouring areas. Where Sutton’s nature sites enjoy the benefit of proximity to populations of species in Surrey’s habitat, any changes over the border could have an impact on Sutton’s sites.

As budget cuts have the potential to impact upon areas of everyday life far beyond the frequency of bin collections, the need to know what decisions are being taken is vital. Petitions are one way of being made aware and recording your opinion, but it is important that all the information is considered. There are other ways of finding out about local issues and changes that may be planned. Charities and other interest groups will often highlight things that are expected to impact their area of activity, but councils and other authorities will also have a way of briefing local people as well as enabling them to share views and opinions.

Whilst there may be no way of avoiding the need for cuts to services, engaging with decision makers at an early stage of the process will provide the best chance for the public’s views and opinions to influence the final decisions.

Sutton has not been immune from it’s own budget cuts and for the last few years Sutton Council has been embarking on changes which will shape Sutton’s Future. You may not have given much thought to the services that the Council provides, and the impact of changes to the way they are funded or how the Local Plan may affect the green spaces and places we enjoy.

In order to ensure that the things we cherish and value are given the utmost consideration by those who influence their future we urge you to investigate how to get your opinions known.

Suttons Future Consultation – Sutton’s Future

Draft Local Plan consultation – Sutton 2031

My Sutton online community – Have YOUR say ! My Sutton