Naturetrek Staff Volunteer Day at the Farnham Heath RSPB Nature Reserve

After receiving the news that our office would have to be closed for a day in February due to electricity works in the area, we were left wondering what to do with our work time. The idea arose of us giving our time to a worthy cause, and after approaching our local RSPB nature reserve, we came up with a plan! We would be helping to clear birch and bramble from an area of the reserve which is being restored from conifer plantation to acid grassland.

Species that would benefit from the work include scarce plants such as Heath Cudweed, as well as other species such as Heath Speedwell, Common Centaury and Sheep Sorrel. The acid grassland also supports quite a few species of butterflies and the extremely rare Field Cricket – RSPB Farnham Heath is one of only eight sites in the UK where it is found.

The weather was on our side, and we spent a beautiful day working outdoors clearing the designated area with the help of two conservation interns. Two early Brimstone butterflies fluttered past, and a Siskin flew over. A pair of Stonechats also kept us company.

The day was quickly over, and we came back to the office with a sense of achievement to sort out messages and emails once the power was back on.

We’d like to thank the RSPB for all the work they do for wildlife in the UK and abroad, and for letting us play a small part in it!

Read more about the Field Cricket Conservation Programme at Farnham Heath here.


Naturetrek team at Farnham Heath