Booking System update

You may have noticed we have recently updated the booking system, making it more user friendly. As part of this work, we have also updated the URL (web page address) to This works from our Events page, which works through both the Google calendar and for each event description, which requires booking.

If you have book-marked the old URL (,vthis no longer works, so please update to the new address!

In addition, you will also see that we have slightly updated the Terms and Conditions on the frontpage, to make them compliant with the new GDPR policies.


Tesco’s Bags of Help

Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


With your help we hope to be able to secure £4,000 for our Glorious Glades project which we hope to deliver at Queen Mary’s Woodland in Carshalton Beeches. Having been short listed we need your vote to help us secure the grant, which will enable us to plant hundreds of wild flowers for butterflies, beetles and bees.

Voting for local short listed projects opens in July and runs until the end of August. All you have to do is make a purchase at a local Tesco store, ask for a token and pop it in our slot at the voting station. It’s as simple as that.

You can vote on as many occasions as you like, so please don’t forget to ask for your token !

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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

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!


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:

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: