Autumn Programme 2009

We normally meet at 9.30am in Dacorum College Car Park, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead– (OS:TL054074); unless otherwise stated. Bring stout footwear/wellies, waterproofs and warm working clothes. If you intend to stay all day then bring a packed lunch and something to drink.
Please meet at the College if possible to share cars. Many of our sites have very limited parking; car sharing also helps to reduce traffic and pollution. If you wish to go directly to the site please check with a member of the Committee in case details have changed.
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Sat 5 Sep Learn about Bats, Cassiobury Park, Watford
An introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation tools, monitoring techniques and identification methods followed by a 'bat walk' to identify bats in the park using acoustic equipment. 1830-2130hr. £15.
Please email Huw E in advance for further details, if you would like to go to this Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust event.
Leader: Huw E
Sun 6 Sep Tring Sewage Works Storm Lagoon O.S: SP922132.
New site! The islands in the lagoon are a valuable nesting site for Little Ringed Plovers but they have been taken over by weeds. We will be working with Friends of Tring Reservoirs to clear the weeds. The lagoon is shallow and can be waded out to in wellies; a boat will be also be available. After the work we may have time to explore the adjacent area of reservoirs and canals so bring your binoculars. Wellies essential. Further details will be available from Vicky nearer the time.
Leader: Vicky
Sun 20 Sep A 12km guided walk around the new Heartwood Forest and Nomansland Common.
At Heartwood Forest near Sandridge, St Albans, the Woodland Trust have plans to create an 850 acre woodland which, once completed, will be the largest new native forest in England. A total of over 600,000 trees will be planted – including a community orchard, wildflower meadows, open spaces and miles of footpaths and bridleways created over a 10 year period. The project will involve the local community through a range of engagement projects. See for more information. Meet at the college as usual, bring lunch and we'll stop at a pub for a drink.
Leader: Paul
Sun 4 Oct Chiltern Open Air Museum, nr. Chalfont St. Giles. O.S: TQ010940.
This fascinating site houses a collection of old buildings from all over the Chilterns, which have been carefully preserved for future generations. We will be continuing the scrub clearance work carried out on our last visit.
Leaders: Huw E and Museum
Mon 12 Oct In the middle of each programme we meet to plan for the next one. The usual meeting place is the “Post Office Arms”, 46 Puller Road, Hemel, at 1945hr.(O.S: TL045065). All are welcome and you don’t have to be on the committee to attend. New tasks are now being sought – we need your suggestions now!
Sun 18 Oct Nickey Line, near Redbourn. O.S: TL114134
A return visit to this leisure trail, much used by cyclists & walkers. The Friends of the Nickey Line have arranged for us to participate today, in the cutting back of hedges in the Knott Wood area. There are also some old tree stumps which need the mattock treatment, and hazel stools to protect using the material cut from the hedges.
Leader: Chris
Sun 8 Nov Dancers End, nr. Tring. OS: SP903096
A return visit to this hidden nature reserve, where we will be helping the local volunteers carry out some scrub planting (yes, really!). Anyone going direct should park at the end of the long bridleway, grid ref. as above.
Leader: BBOWT
Sun 22 Nov Frithsden, between Hemel and Ashridge. O.S: TL017100
Another visit to the hedge we planted a long time ago and started to lay in Feb.’06. This task continues the excellent work done at that time and on subsequent visits.
Leader: Paul

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