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 https://suttonecology.getconnect2.com/. 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 (http://37.188.117.158/suttonecology/),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.

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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

Task Programme – Out now!

The new task programme is now out: July – October 2016!

We’re continuing our summer season of botanical surveys, study days to help you brush up on your identification skills (continuing this Saturday with Butterflies) and more works at Queen Mary’s Woodland, including the first chance to get involved with the improvements to this new site through seeding the newly cleared areas and laying wildflower turf.

What better chance to get outside, laugh and learn do you need this summer?!

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Chalk grassland at Roundshaw Downs Local Nature Reserve

Go Wild(lings)!

Den building

Den building

Guest Blog from Bonnie Johnson:

Wildlings Forest School is pleased to announce that following the huge success of its first 6-week block of Parent and Toddler Forest School sessions at Sutton Ecology Centre, it will be running another block starting on the 9th June!

Every Thursday morning or afternoon, toddlers and their parents can come along to Wildlings Forest School to join in a range of out door activities, from learning how birds make their nests to building dens from sticks and bug hunting to campfire cooking.  These sessions help children discover nature first hand and gain skills and confidence as they play and learn.

Wildings Forest School provides sessions which engage children’s natural curiosity in the world around them. It follows a child-led ethos, whereby Forest School leaders facilitate children’s learning by providing a variety of opportunities, within a woodland setting,  for children to explore and discover, scaffolding new understanding as they develop.

Peeling a carrot

Peeling a carrot

Forest School is an approach to children’s learning that originated in Scandinavia.  Studies [1][2][3] have shown the benefits to children’s health, wellbeing, physical and mental development and fostering a connection, and love, of nature and the outdoors.

During the summer holidays, there will be a Family Fun Forest School taking place for 5-8 year olds and their parents.  Children can try their hand at tying knots to make a picture frame, erect a shelter, create forest art or make their own unique piece of forest jewelry to take home.

Masks!

If you fancy something different for a birthday celebration this summer, Wildlings Forest School will also be running birthday parties.  Bring all your friends along to play, explore and have lots of fun at our Forest School parties.

Wildings Forest School sessions are run by Bonnie Johnson, a level 3 Forest School Leader and former Primary School Teacher. Bonnie trained with Surrey Wildlife Trust and following her training, she set up Wildlings Forest School.
For more information email wildlingsforestschool@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

[1] https://www.forestschools.com/forest-schools-research/
[2] http://www.nfer.ac.uk/nfer/pre_pdf_files/05_33_06.pdf
[3] http://forestofavontrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/forest_school_for_early_years.pdf

Rope bride fun!

Rope bride fun!

Biodiversity Education Assistant required!

Please see the brief description below and  download the pack for more information on this exciting opportunity to work in environmental education at the fantastic Sutton Ecology Centre! Apply now!

Enjoying pond dipping during our Summer Bioblitz

Fun for everyone-  pond dipping during our Summer Bioblitz

An opportunity is available for an enthusiastic volunteer to run both formal, and informal, environmental education sessions for children aged 3-18 years at Sutton Ecology Centre as well as other green spaces and nature reserves around the London Borough of Sutton.

This role is suitable for candidates who are looking to improve their career opportunities in environmental education, as well as experienced 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.

Biodiversity Education Volunteer Description 2015

Newsletter & Task Programme

November’s Newsletter and the new Task Programme for the winter season’s work are out now! Flip across to the relevant tabs to check them out!

Plus, pop along to Roundshaw Downs LNR on Friday for our meet the cattle ‘Roundshaw Roundup’ event; arts, crafts and guided walks, all with a bovine theme. Meet near the Plough Lane entrance, off Foresters Drive, Wallington: click the link for the Roundshaw Downs map to see where to meet…

Roundup? I'm rather busy, thanks!

Roundup? I’m rather busy, thanks!