Events 2018

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Sutton Nature and Sutton Ecology Centre

See what’s on in terms of wildlife and nature conservation in the Sutton area. Discover hidden nature gems in your local environment and find new ways to get involved – including child-friendly nature trails, birthday parties, events and projects! And, of course, you are warmly invited to join us as a nature conservation volunteer.

All calendar events are held at the Sutton Ecology Centre, unless otherwise indicated. To book a place on an event featured in the calendar, please visit Sutton Ecology Centre Bookings.

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Sunday 21 October 2018
Time: 10.30am-1.30pm
Community planting day at Queen Mary’s Woodland

We welcome all members of the community to come and join us in planting 600 spring bulbs to provide pollen and nectar early in the season for butterflies and bees. You are invited to take part and help make your local woodland the best it can be for wildlife. Click link for poster and location details, and find out more about Queen Mary’s Woodland.

Monday 22 October & Tuesday 23 October 2018
Time: 11.00am-2.00pm each day
Halloween Trail: Magic Potions
The woodland animals have been making magic potions for Halloween, but what are they for? Brave the Halloween Trail through Giant’s Walk, Spider Sanctuary and the Wizard’s Garden to find out. Design your own magic potion to take home.
Cost: £4.50 per child
Suitable for families with children 3yrs+.
Drop in, no need to book. Email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk for enquiries.

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Wednesday 24 October 2018
Time: 10.30am-1.30pm
Community planting day at Sutton Common

We welcome all members of the community to help shire horses Nobby and Heath make Sutton Common bloom! We will be enriching the grassland by planting wildflowers to bring pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies. You are invited to come and help make your local woodland the best it can be for wildlife. Click link for poster and location details, and find out more about Sutton Common.

Thursday 25 October 2018
Wildlings Forest School – Stay and Play for under 7s
Time: 10.30am – 12noon and 1.30pm – 3pm
Come along this half term for our autumn special stay and play at Sutton Ecology Centre. Children can have fun exploring all the sights and colours of the woods in Autumn as well as enjoying making some seasonal crafts, playing in the mud kitchen, swinging in the hammock, climbing ropes, loose parts play and much more.  Drink and snack included.
Cost: £7.50 per child
Suitable for: Children under 7 years.
Places are limited so booking is essential.  Please email wildlingsforestschool@gmail.com to book.

Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
SNCV AGM

All are welcome to the SNCV AGM at the Ecology Centre Classroom in Grove Park. Hear from our new Biodiversity Assistant and enjoy cheese and wine afterwards. Email sulam.deaville@sutton.org.uk for enquiries.

Saturday 1st December 2018
Time: Day-long event
Carshalton Frost Fair

Get into the festive spirit at the Carshalton Frost Fair, with Christmas craft fairs, festive food, music and more. Come and see us for a mince pie at the Frost Fair Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers stall. Want to help hedgehogs, birds and other local wildlife over the cruel winter months? We can help – just ask us for advice and help yourself to our advice leaflets!

Saturday 1st December
In conjunction with Carshalton Frost Fair:
Winter Wonderland Trail, 1pm-4pm
Suitable for families with young children
Someone’s stolen Santa’s sack … how are we going to get it back? Follow the animal clues and explore the delights of Sutton Ecology Centre to find Santa’s missing sack of toys.
Cost: £4.50 per child, includes small gift per child.
Drop in, no booking required.
Email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk for enquiries.

Woodland Storytelling, 2pm & 3pm
Suitable for children 3yrs+
Come and listen to some terrific tales, in our special storytelling tent, with fairylights, music and puppets. Performance is approx 20 minutes. Ticket price includes entrance to the Sutton Ecology Centre Winter Wonderland Trail.
Cost: £7 per child. Booking essential, spaces limited to 20 children per session.
Booking not yet available.
Email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk for enquiries.

Saturday 8 December 10am-12noon & 1pm-3pm
Winter Wreath Making
Suitable for: adults only 16yrs+
Come and enjoy a relaxing time collecting materials to make your own all-natural winter wreath to take home. Your door will be the talk of the town!
Includes a mince pie and hot drink.
Cost: £18 per adult. Booking essential.
Visit https://suttonecology.getconnect2.com to book online.
Email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk for enquiries.

Saturday 8th December
Wildlings Forest School – Woodland Skills Winter Special
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm and 1.30pm -3.30pm
This winter, come and join us for two hours of celebration and creation in the woods at Sutton Ecology Centre. We will be making a fire to enjoy some hot chocolate and mulled drinks, as well as learning some new woodland skills to make a festive craft. Drink and snack included.
Please note that this session will run outdoors, whatever the weather, so please wear warm suitable outdoor clothing.

Cost: £9 per child
Suitable for: Children 7 years and over. Younger siblings are welcome to join in for free play and hot chocolate.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please email wildlingsforestschool@gmail.com to book.


How to get to the Sutton Ecology Centre

Its wildlife-rich grounds are just outside The Old Rectory…

For more information on Sutton Nature / Biodiversity events, please email sncvvolunteers@hotmail.co.uk or biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk. For all school holiday events, please email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk. You can also call 020 8770 5820.

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Nature-friendly children’s birthday parties in Sutton

Find out more about hosting your children’s birthday parties at the Sutton Ecology Centre with Buggly Adventure birthday parties or Wildlings Forest School birthday parties. You can also book onto Wildlings forest school events, or hire the Sutton Ecology Centre to host your own events amid stunning greenery.


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Sutton Ecology Centre Nature Trail

Download the leaflet and head on a self-led stroll at your own pace through the Sutton Ecology Centre. Use your leaflet as a guide, with on-site waymarkers to help you explore the butterfly and forest gardens, marshes, meadows and so much more.


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Nature Explorer Map

The Nature Explorer Map provides handy information on selected wildlife sites in the Borough related to activities and seasonal interest, species, habitats and their management, transport and parking, accessibility, contact details and even QR codes to access information on the go.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this A5 fold-out map is free. Download your copy here.


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Nature Reserves

The SNCV assist the Biodiversity Team with practical habitat management work on over 30 sites in the London Borough of Sutton. Use our interactive map to find out more about each site. Volunteer with the SNCV and you’ll have the opportunity to visit and work on these sites every Tuesday and Thursday.


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Volunteer Task Programme

SNCV Volunteer tasks are run on the following days:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – volunteering around the borough
  • Wednesdays – volunteer days at Sutton Ecology Centre
  • Monthly – task days at Sutton Ecology Centre on Sundays.

Find out more.

For conservation jobs and courses, please see environmentjob.co.uk.

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  3. I am interested in the walk below, but can find no details where I should have booked or where to meet as I’ve never visited this site before. if you are able to contact me before 11.30 I should be grateful. :-
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  22. Reptile Open Day was greatly enjoyed by my granddaughters (aged 5 and 7). They loved seeing the reptiles and learning about them from people who knew so much and obviously liked them. Thank you to all concerned. We look forward to the next event!

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