Wednesday 3 July 2024


Rushmoor Community Lottery

We've launched our page on the Rushmoor Community Lottery. 
Tickets cost £1 per week - we will receive 50p per ticket (and other local good causes 10p). 
You could win up to £25,000!
Scan the QR code below, or click this link to go to our page. Thank you for your support.

Volunteer Work Parties

Our volunteer work party schedule for the next few months. Please do come and join us if you're free - a great way to spend a morning, helping nature, working with the local community, and having some fun at the same time.


We are holding our annual BioBlitz on Saturday 20th July. Do come and join us for a fun and free family friendly event.

Saturday 1st June

Jon Hawkins: Silver-green Leaf Weevil (Phyllobius argentatus) - new species for site.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Damselfly

(c) Jon Hawkins - Silver-green Leaf Weevil

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

Sunday 2nd June

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

Melanie Nicholls: Twin-spot Boxer Hoverfly (Platycheirus rosarum) & Yellow-spotted Macrophya (Macrophya montana- both new species for site.

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox Cub

(c) Colin Varndell - Great Spotted Woodpecker

(c) Melanie Nicholls - Large Red Damselfly

(c) Melanie Nicholls - Common Lizard

Monday 3rd June

Dina Burford: Lapwing & Little Egret.

(c) Jonathan Durham - Juvenile Kestrels

(c) Dina Burford - Little Egret

Tuesday 4th June

Dina Burford: Common Tern.

We had the pleasure of hosting 28 members of 14th Aldershot Beavers for a river dipping session this evening.

(c) Katie Wolfe - 14th Aldershot Beavers

(c) Dina Burford - Grass Vetchling

(c) Colin Varndell - Broad-bodied Chaser

(c) Colin Varndell - Starling

Wednesday 5th June

Dina Burford: Lapwing, Little Egret & Hobby.

(c) Dina Burford - View from Horton's Mound

Thursday 6th June

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Little Egret & 50 Swift.

Mark Elsoffer: Large Skipper - first of the year.

Mark Elsoffer: Scarce Chaser (female, 4th record for site).

We were going to ring the young Kestrels today (under license) but one look in the box showed that they were too well developed to ring safely, so the decision was taken (with the bird’s welfare paramount) to leave them be. All 5 are doing well and will be ready to fledge soon.

(c) Anya Sharman - Juvenile Kestrels

(c) Jon Hawkins - Damselfly

(c) Jon Hawkins - Red Kite

(c) Jon Hawkins - Swift

(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer with Fawns

(c) Dina Burford - Large Skipper

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Large Red Damselfly

Friday 7th June

Ruben Cowley: Marsh Harrier (17th record for site, 122nd bird species for 2024).

Mark Elsoffer: Lapwing & 4 Little Egret.

A big thank you to the 32 volunteers who helped build the Log Ness Monster & 2 stumperies today as part of our #VolunteersWeek work party, and to kick off our #GreatBigGreenWeek. Great to be working in partnership with the Surrey Choices Growth Team & the Surrey Hills Society.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Work Party

(c) Jill Holliday - Bee Orchid

(c) Dina Burford - Pyramidal Orchid

Saturday 8th June

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret & 250 House Martin.

20 volunteers, including a team from Surrey Choices, took part in our litter pick today in support of the #BigHelpOut & #GreatBigGreenWeek. 

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Litter Pick

(c) Jonathan Durham - Juvenile Kestrels

(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer Fawns

(c) Colin Varndell - Lapwing

(c) Jon Hawkins - Fox and Deer

(c) Jon Hawkins - Moorhen & Little Egret

(c) Jon Hawkins - Swift

Sunday 9th June

Geth Tillin: Garden Warbler.

Mark Elsoffer: Lapwing, 3 Little Egret & 300 Swift.

River dipping was the final event for our #GreatBigGreenWeek, and the kids had a great time, catching and identifying lots of fish and insects. We finished off with a wildlife safari, spotting an Eyed Hawk Moth, Grass Snake, Slow Worms & Bee Orchids.

(c) Dina Burford - River Dipping

(c) Mark Elsoffer - River Dipping

(c) Mark Elsoffer - River Dipping

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wildlife Safari

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Eyed Hawk Moth

(c) Gillian Bamford - Common Blue Butterfly

(c) Colin Varndell - Swift

Monday 10th June

Dina Burford: Common Tern.

(c) Jonathan Durham - Kestrel

(c) Nathan Cass - Mute Swans

Tuesday 11th June

Dina Burford: 2 Lapwing.

Colin Varndell: Nuthatch & Treecreeper.

(c) Dina Burford - Black-headed Gull Juveniles

(c) Colin Varndell - Flooded Meadow

(c) Colin Varndell - Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

Wednesday 12th June

Dina Burford: Lapwing & Little Egret.

Dina Burford: Scarce Chaser (female, 5th record for site).

(c) Dina Burford - Roe Deer with Fawn

Thursday 13th June

Colin Varndell: Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch & 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pairs with 3 & 2 young).

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Ringed Plover

(c) Colin Varndell - Oxeye Daisy

(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch

(c) Dave Binks - Common Blue Damselfly

Friday 14th June

Richard Horton: Little Ringed Plover.

Dina Burford: 2 Lapwing & 2 Grey Wagtail.

Peter Brown: Black-tailed Skimmer (female, first of the year).

(c) Dina Burford - Grey Wagtail

(c) Dina Burford - Pyramidal Orchid

(c) Jill Holliday - Common Blue Damselfly

Saturday 15th June

Noel Silver: 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Colin Varndell: Oystercatcher.

(c) Colin Varndell - Chiffchaff

(c) Colin Varndell - Common Tern

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox Cub

Sunday 16th June

Richard Seargent: Redshank.

Anon: 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Dina Burford: 2 Oystercatcher & 6 Lapwing.

Dina Burford: Glanville Fritillary - 2nd record for site.

(c) Dina Burford - Glanville Fritillary

(c) Dina Burford - Glanville Fritillary

(c) Gillian Bamford - Flooded Meadow

Monday 17th June

K Cobbett: Little Ringed Plover.

Colin Varndell: Common Darter (first of the year).

We ringed the two eldest Barn Owlets today - both are very healthy and developing well.

Unfortunately the third Barn Owlet had to be removed from the nest box and taken to a rescue centre - his face had been covered by a black growth since hatching, he was blind, and suffering from an unknown disease. Unfortunately, the vets took the decision to euthanise the very sick owlet.

We would not normally intervene, and the poorly owlet would have starved to death in the nestbox once their siblings had fledged, and possibly be eaten by them, potentially passing on any disease. 

Following advice from the BTO, a local wildlife rescue centre and vets, we took the decision to intervene this time, in order to aid the successful development of the two healthy owlets. All actions were undertaken under license from Natural England and in consultation with the BTO.

The parents can now concentrate on ensuring the remaining two owlets both get enough food and can fledge in a few weeks time.

(c) Dina Burford - Barn Owlets

(c) Jill Holliday - Common Blue Damselfly

(c) Dina Burford - Kestrel

(c) Colin Varndell - Common Darter

(c) Colin Varndell - Common Tern

Tuesday 18th June

We had the pleasure of hosting 15 beaver scouts from Robin Hood pack this evening for a river dipping session.

(c) Katie Wolfe - Beaver Visit

(c) Katie Wolfe - Beaver Visit

(c) Colin Varndell - Stag Beetle

(c) Colin Varndell - Coots

Wednesday 19th June

Peter Brown: Hobby & 5 Kestrel.

(c) Dina Burford - Damselfly Exuviae

Thursday 20th June

Paul Bamford: 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Mark Elsoffer: Marbled White (first of the year).

(c) Dina Burford - Black-tailed Skimmer

(c) Dina Burford - Reed Warbler

Friday 21st June

Susan Keirnan: 6 Lapwing & Gadwall.

(c) Jill Holliday - Banded Demoiselle

(c) Dina Burford - Poppy

(c) Gillian Bamford - Scorpion Fly

(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer

Saturday 22nd June

(c) Colin Varndell - Common Tern

(c) Colin Varndell - Flooded Hide

(c) Melanie Nicholls - Black-tailed Skimmer

Sunday 23rd June

(c) Dina Burford - Little Egret

(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

Monday 24th June

Richard Horton: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Black-tailed Skimmer

(c) Dave Binks - Emperor

(c) Dave Binks - Four-spotted Chaser

Tuesday 25th June

Richard Horton: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Song Thrush Family

Wednesday 26th June

Richard Horton: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Swifts using Swift Tower

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

(c) Dina Burford - Mining Bee Burrows

(c) Gillian Bamford - Marbled White

Thursday 27th June

Richard Horton: Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover & 2 Great Black-backed Gull.

Richard Horton: Gatekeeper - first of the year.

Friday 28th June

Dave Smith:  43 Black-tailed Godwit (new site record count), Redshank & 2 Little Ringed Plover.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Black-tailed Godwits

(c) Dina Burford - Black-tailed Godwits

(c) Dina Burford - Black-tailed Godwits

(c) Dina Burford - Redshank

Saturday 29th June

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Redshank & c2000 Starling.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Emperor Dragonfly

(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch

(c) Colin Varndell - Nuthatch

Sunday 30th June

Richard Seargent: Redshank, 8 Little Egret & 2 Teal.

Mark Elsoffer: Ringed Plover & 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Hannah: Golden-ringed Dragonfly - 10th record for site.

(c) Colin Varndell - Golden-ringed Dragonfly

(c) Colin Varndell - Golden-ringed Dragonfly

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Common Darter

(c) Dina Burford - Black-tailed Skimmer