Walks, talks and work days to cherish Selsdon Wood

The Friends of Selsdon Wood have a busy programme of events – walks, work days, and some meetings – planned for 2019, with their first walk coming up on March 9, and the group’s annual meeting on March 25.

Owned by the National Trust, but under council management, Selsdon Wood nature reserve, also known as the “Bird Sanctuary”, is a 200-acre link to the Surrey countryside. The ancient woodland is dominated by oak, beech, ash and sweet chestnut. The coppiced woodland is mainly hazel.

The Friends group stages walks most months, while of their meetings they say, “All are welcome to come along – we would value your opinion. If you are interested in the future of Selsdon Wood, we need your views.”

All meetings start at 8pm at The Forum, Forestdale, with the AGM being held on Monday March 25.

The walks, they say, “are slow and easy – a meander rather than a hike”, and last about two hours.

The walks start from Selsdon Wood car park, Old Farleigh Road, at the time indicated.

Mar 9, 2pm: Family Woodland Walk with Meike Weiser (for families with children aged 5+)
Apr 6, 2pm: Spring Walk with the Friends
May 4, 2pm: Bluebells and Birds with the Friends
Jun 16, 11am: Summer Flowers with Malcolm Jennings
Jul 13, 11am: Butterflies with the Friends
Jul 18, 9pm: Bats and Moths with the Friends
Aug 14, 2pm: Mini-Beast Hunt with Roger Hawkins (of interest to young children)
Sep 8, noon to 4pm: FSW Open Day and Selsdon Community Fun Event
Oct 5, 10am: Fungus Hunt with the Friends
Nov 2, 1pm: Autumn Leaves with the Friends

This fawn was photographed in Court Wood by a Friend of Selsdon Woods

The Friends of Selsdon Woods work days are an essential part of the maintenance and enhancement work that helps to cherish the environment in the resreve. “You work for as long as suits you and choose jobs to suit your strengths. Tools are provided but please bring food and drink if you feel you need them. We do need more help and would welcome your assistance.”

Meeting in Selsdon Wood car park on Sundays at 10am, there are work days planned for February 24, March 3 and 31, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 29, October 6 and 27, November 3 and 24, December 1.

For more information, visit the Friends website here.

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