Join us at Wild About Woking, 21 & 22 May 2022

May 17, 2022

Celebrate all that’s Wild About Woking in Jubilee Square and create a buzz for wildlife! Join Surrey Wildlife Trust, Woking Borough Council and special partners to explore and learn about the incredible diversity of wildlife in Surrey. Page down to see the event programme. 

From greening our town centres to creating insect havens, be inspired by our pop-up wildlife garden, learn from our experts about the importance of pollinators and how you can help them. Take part in a nature trail, guided walks, wildlife themed crafts and much more!  

Wild About Woking launches Surrey Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign and is run with Woking Borough Council to raise awareness of how you can help care for Natural Woking through local biodiversity and greenspace projects. 

Come along to Jubilee Square, in Woking Town Centre, between 10am and 4pm, Saturday 21, and 11am to 4pm, Sunday 22 May, to meet experts from a range of local organisations working for and with you to protect our fantastic natural environments.  It’s a free event. 

Join Surrey Wildlife Trust, Woking Borough Council and other fantastic organisations to go Wild in Woking! 

  • Surrey Wildlife Trust will inspire you to go wild for nature with a pop up garden, demonstrating that whatever space you have you can make a home for nature. 
  • Pick up a wildlife gardening guide or ask our experts about wildlife gardening and the incredible diversity of wildlife in Surrey. 
  • Go wild for pollinators and help do your bit for climate change by planting sunflower seeds. 
  • Take part in fun and interactive games learning how to identify trees, different habitats and food chains. 
  • Make a pledge for wildlife, learn how to make a bucket pond and much more… 
  • Surrey Bat Group will entertain you with amazing facts and myths about our UK bats, fun quizzes and the opportunity to win either a bat detector, bat toy or bat book.  
  • Get crafty for nature with Thames Basin Heaths Partnership and learn about our amazing Heathland habitats and the rare species that live there.  
  • Discover how you can help in your area with community gardening projects, volunteering, hedgelaying with Woking Environment Action and Surrey Wildlife Trust. 
  • Surrey Bird club will be in Jubilee Square with telescopes looking at the Woking Peregrine nest box. Come along and look at the male Peregrine bringing food for the mother to feed the chicks. The club will also have a screen in order to see what is happening in the nest box itself.  
  • As well as looking at and learning about the Peregrines you can learn more about where to find birds in Surrey and how you can get to see them. You can also learn about surveys including a Garden BirdWatch survey that you can carry out every week. 
  • Join the Borough Council’s ‘Green team’, Planet Woking and friends to find out about local green spaces you can visit, the habitats we look after, pick up some seeds, enter our nature competition or be a town centre nature spotter with our activity sheet and online map!  

There are also some fantastic ‘wild’ activities taking place this month around Woking borough, run by more great local organisations who are caring for habitats and species.  Activity dates, links and contact details are provided below. Note booking is required in some cases.  Please contact the activity organiser direct if you have any questions about a particular event.

Hedgehog event

A family friendly stall where you can learn more about hedgehogs, the new project and take part in fun crafts based around the prickly little creatures.

When: Saturday 7 May, 10.00 to 12.00.

Where: Mercia Walk, Woking Town Centre

Organiser: Woking Hedgehogs, a new project by Woking Environment Action (WE Act).

Cost & booking: Free event. No booking required.

More information: https://wokingenvironmentaction.com/woking-hedgehogs/   

Contact: wokingenvironmentaction@yahoo.com 

Wild Surrey

Art and photography exhibition – Surrey Wildlife Trust invites you to discover a diversity of species, encounter inspiring landscapes, and become stimulated to protect nature. Shortlisted works from our Wild Surrey Competition will take you on a captivating journey of special moments in nature, exploring themes such as animal behaviour, insects in action, and wild beauty.

When: Tuesday 10 May – Sunday 22 May

Where: The Lightbox, Woking

Organiser: Surrey Wildlife Trust

Cost & booking: Free event, £3 suggested donation. No booking required.

More information: www.thelightbox.org.uk/wild-surrey-art-photography-exhibition

Contact: info@thelightbox.org.uk, www.surreywildlifetrust.org/ 

Spring into Nature: Heather Farm

Free activity for kids – Spring is a fantastic time to get outside and explore with the family! Join an afternoon of wonderful wildlife and creative crafts! Trees blossoming, bees buzzing and birds singing are some of the fantastic signs of spring you’ll encounter on your visit. Search for these and many more with our spring spotter activity sheet or do something arty (materials provided).

When: Monday 16 May, 3.30-6.00pm

Where: Near the Heather Farm Café. What3Words: asserts.pads.hoot. Free parking.

Organiser: Thames Basin Heaths Partnership

Cost & booking: Free event. Suitable for all, especially families with school age children. Drop-in anytime between 3:30pm and 6pm. No booking required. No dogs in the wetlands area please.

More information: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/event/heathland-hounds-walk-heather-farm/

Contact: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/contact/

Heathland Hounds walk: Heather Farm

A group dog walk to celebrate ‘Wild About Woking’.  Join Heathland Hounds to explore the ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’ walk at Heather Farm, near Woking. Find out all about our wonderful Heathlands Hounds group and do a circuit of these attractive, dog-friendly meadows on the banks of the River Bourne.

Perhaps stop for a coffee at Heather Farm Cafe too or use the Heather Farm dog wash!

When: Thursday 19 May, 10.00-11.30

Where: Heather Farm, Woking – main car park. Meeting point confirmed on booking.

Organiser: Thames Basin Heaths Partnership

Cost & booking: Free event. Suitable for all. Dogs welcome. Booking essential via Eventbrite, see link below for details; please book a ticket for each dog you’d like to bring (the Partnership can welcome up to 10 dogs on the Heathland Hounds walk).

More information: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/event/heathland-hounds-walk-heather-farm/

Contact: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/contact/

Discovering nature with your phone: Horsell Common

Free nature walk – If you’ve ever been out on a walk and weren’t sure what you’ve seen or heard, find out how your phone can help! Join this guided walk to find out how your phone can help you identify wildlife. You’ll spot some brilliant heathland species and, if you’d like to become a citizen scientist, you can find out how!

When: Friday 20 May, 10.00 to 12.00

Where: Horsell Common, Woking. Meeting point confirmed on booking.

Organiser: Thames Basin Heaths Partnership

Cost & booking: Free event. Suitable for all. No dogs please. Booking essential via Eventbrite, see link below for details.

More information: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/event/discovering-nature-3/

Contact: www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/contact/

Find out about the Sanway-Byfleet Flood Alleviation Scheme 

The Sanway-Byfleet Flood Alleviation Scheme now aims to better protect from flooding up to 236 properties in the Sanway area of Byfleet from the River Wey.  

When: Drop-in on Saturday 21 May or Zoom meeting on Wednesday 25 May 

Where: On 21 May, at St Mary’s Community Centre, Stream Close, Byfleet, KT14 7LZ.  On 25 May, via Zoom. 

Organiser: Environment Agency with Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council. 

Cost & booking: Free event. Booking required. Book onto the Zoom call via https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNDR    

More information: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/sanway-byfleet-flood-alleviation-scheme/

Why did the hedgehog cross the road? – a talk by Hugh Warwick 

Writer and ecologist Hugh Warwick will present an illustrated exploration of the wonderful world of our favourite wild animal, the hedgehog – examining the threats it faces and the ways we can help.

When: Thursday 26 May, 18.00 – 19.30

Where: WWF Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking.

Organiser: Woking Hedgehogs, a new project by Woking Environment Action (WE Act).

Cost & booking: Free event, but optional donations welcome to help fund the project. Booking essential via Eventbrite, see link below for details.

More information: https://wokingenvironmentaction.com/woking-hedgehogs/   

Contact: wokingenvironmentaction@yahoo.com 

Practical conservation work session 

Join Woking Biodiversity Group’s conservation volunteer work party at St John’s Lye to help remove removing bracken from the heathland. 

When: Wednesday 1 June, 10:00 to 13:00 

Where: St John’s Lye, Woking 

Organiser: Woking Biodiversity Group, a project of Woking Environment Action (WE Act). 

Cost & booking: Free event.  Anyone wishing to join a work party for the first time should email woking.biodiversity@outlook.com and leave your telephone number, so that the group leaders know to expect you and can give you more information about the event. 

More information: https://wokingenvironmentaction.com/    

Contact: woking.biodiversity@outlook.com

If you know of other relevant events taking place locally this month, or would like to organise a wildlife activity yourself, let us know via green@woking.gov.uk

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