Activities For 2015

Upcoming Activities in 2015
Throughout 2015 we have many exciting activities organised to drive the conservation work and learn more about the wildlife that not only exists already, but also the wildlife attracted to South Pond as a result of the hard work that our community puts into it.

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January – February
During the early part of this year, Salix will continue to dredge silt from the middle of the pond and move this to the outskirts. Further information on this work can be found here.

28th February – Conservation Work (10 AM)
We will be doing some conservation work to improve the area around the pond, and the Jubilee footpath. This will mainly consist of the removal of litter and general tidying.
If you would like to come and get your hands dirty (don’t worry gloves will be provided if you need them), please meet at the South Pond bridge at 10 AM.

SDNP_logo14th March – Training: Habitat Monitoring And Plant Monitoring
The South Downs National Park Authority will be holding two sessions.
The first session will cover Habitat Mapping and the second will be on Plant Monitoring. This is in preparation for future conservation work; both sessions are 1 hour long. Please contact us southpondgroup@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.

SDNP_logo11th April – Habitat Mapping
With the help of the South Downs National Park Authority we will be on the ground mapping the different habitats in and around South Pond and Jubilee footpath. This will enable us to see what habitats exist, what sorts of populations those habitats can support which will give us the guidance we need to plan future conservation work and ensure we are doing the best we can for the wildlife living in and around the pond.

salix20th April – Further Silt Movement Works By Salix
Salix will return to the pond to carry out the remaining dredging works; this will take approx. 1 week, weather permitting. This could not be done earlier as they need to loosen the solid silt that can be seen near the islands. Once this is loosened, it will be pumped into the marginal areas. Salix will then spend a further week planting the reeds and other plants that will create a more natural edge to the pond. Some of the local schools will be assisting in the planting too! This will in turn create some more habitats and provide better protection for the pond’s inhabitants.

25th April – Rother College Community Day
We will be holding a stall at the Rother College Community Day. Volunteers will be on-hand to provide information on the work we are doing, answer your questions and of course encourage you to get involved in this community project.

16th May – Training: Water Monitoring
The South Downs National Park Authority will be providing training on Water Monitoring. We will then carry out monthly water monitoring activity so that we can observe the changes in biodiversity as the water quality improves. This is a great way to measure the impact of the conservation work and provide vital information on future conservation activities.

SDNP_logo13th June – Guided Plant Monitoring Walk
The South Downs National Park will be holding a guided plant monitoring walk. This will help us to identify not only what plants already exist, but also which ones are likely to cause problems, such as the Himalayan Balsam. It will also enable us to identify if there are plants that don’t exist, but would be a real benefit to have!

IMG_5199(Date TBC) June – Water Monitoring
Following on from the Water Monitoring training in May, we will be holding regular, monthly sessions of water monitoring. This will enable us to see what is living in our pond and by recording this, we will be able to track any changes and build up a health check on the water quality and biodiversity of the pond.

This activity will be ongoing each month and is a great activity for children to get involved in! Please get in touch if this is something your children, school or club is interested in getting involved with.

IMG_635127th June – Conservation Work (10 AM)
We will be doing some more conservation work to improve the area around the pond, and the Jubilee footpath. This will mainly consist of the removal of Himalayan Balsam which is a fast spreading plant that disturbs the silt on the riverbanks and causes big problems to the pond. If you would like to come and get your hands dirty (don’t worry gloves will be provided if you need them), please meet at the South Pond bridge at 10 AM.

SDNP_logo17th July – Moth Trapping And Bat Mapping (8 PM)
With the help of Bruce from the South Downs National Park Authority, We will be meeting on the terrace of The Grange at 8 PM and will spend a little over an hour setting up moth traps and counting bats!

The Grange SUS-141205-14202000117th July – Evening BBQ (9:15 PM)
The South Pond Group will be having a BBQ on The Grange terrace overlooking the pond. South Pond members will be on hand to talk about the conservation work and of course the bat mapping and moth catching activities from that very evening!

18th July – Moth Identification
After setting up the moth traps the evening before, we will be meeting again to identify the moth varieties that we managed to catch overnight, again, with the help of Bruce of course!

22nd August – Conservation Work (10 AM)
We will be doing some more conservation work to improve the area around the pond, and the Jubilee footpath. This will mainly consist of the removal of litter and Himalayan Balsam.
If you would like to come and get your hands dirty (don’t worry gloves will be provided if you need them), please meet at the South Pond bridge at 10 AM.

MADhurst31st August – MADhurst
We will have a stand on display at the MADhurst festival. Volunteers will be on-hand to provide information on the work we are doing, answer your questions and of course encourage you to get involved!

252301_492033970827872_1305640594_n26th September – Conservation Work (10 AM – 12 PM)
We will be doing some more conservation work to improve the area around the pond, and the Jubilee footpath. This will consist of the removal of litter and we are hoping to plant some bulbs in preparation for next spring. If you would like to come and get your hands dirty (don’t worry gloves will be provided if you need them), please meet at the South Pond bridge.

SDNP_logo10th October – Habitat Mapping Results
After the Habitat Mapping back in April, the South Downs National Park Authority will unveil the results at The Grange. This will be an informative session and of course, open to everyone, which we are hoping will give us some great guidance on future work.

SDNP_logoFebruary 2016 – Birdbox Building
The South Downs National Park Authority will be holding a session building bird boxes. These will then be used within the South Pond and Jubilee Footpath areas to help encourage birds to utilise our wooded areas. No doubt this will be an enjoyable session!

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