Conservation volunteering on the Coulsdon Commons with the City of London
Each of the four Coulsdon Commons has a long-standing, dedicated volunteer group that help the rangers out with practical habitat management and conservation on site.
Tasks vary by site and by time of year but typical work tasks include coppicing woodland, management of livestock, creating dead hedges, countryside furniture maintenance, control of invasive species and scrub clearance.
The New Hillbillies work on Farthing Downs & New Hill and meet on one Sunday of each month at 10am.
The Chain Gang work on Coulsdon Common and meet on the first Thursday of each month at 10am.
Kenley Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month at 10am.
Riddlesdown Volunteers meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10am.
Butterfly transects are walked on all of the Coulsdon Commons. They take place weekly between April and October and involve walking a set route each week and recording the butterfly species you see.
The Conservation Volunteers – Croydon (TCV)
The Conservation Volunteers Action for Croydon's Environment team organises regular task days every Wednesday and Thursday in different parks and woodlands in and around Croydon.
Some people come out on every project day, some one day a week, and other people just come out whenever they have a free day.
Current local projects include coppicing Hazel in Devilsden Wood to use as woodland products and to help improve the biodiversity on this site, and working to maintain Stites Hill pond and the surrounding area.
The Downlands Partnership
The Downlands Partnership works with volunteers to carry out countryside management work across NE Surrey and in the neighbouring boroughs of Croydon and Sutton.
There is a great selection taking place across the partnership area, from scrub clearance to ponds maintenance to hedge planting, as well as popular traditional woodland coppicing.
Local projects include copping in Rydons Wood and other locations on Coulsdon Common.
The Downlands Partnership also have around 95 voluntary stock checkers that they have trained to help monitor animals when they are grazing in Happy Valley and other sites. More volunteers are always welcome.
East Surrey Museum, Caterham
A small but highly attractive museum dedicated to the preservation and display of artefacts and documents relating to the social history, archaeology and geology of East Surrey (including Coulsdon) from the earliest times to the more recent past.
The museum is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays from 10.30am to 4.00pm
They need people to help with stewarding, including welcoming the public and manning the front desk and shop, researching and mounting exhibitions, and fundraising