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Welcome to the web-site of the Lingfield Nature Reserves. We hope that you enjoy browsing our web-site and, even more, that you enjoy looking around our nature reserves, which are only the 2nd village-based reserve in the country to be awarded LNR (Local Nature Reserve) status by English Nature.

The reserves occupy a 26-acre site and are a mixture of meadows, hedges, and woodland copses and also boast a wetland area with a number of ponds and small pools, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and a butterfly garden. The reserves are managed in such a way as to gain maximum benefit for the flora and fauna, with increased biodiversity very much in mind.

Management and administration of the reserves is undertaken by a team of volunteers and, as such, we are always on the look-out for a bit more help - both in terms of expertise and manpower. If you are interested in helping to look after this wonderful local resource, why not come along to our regular work parties, which are usually held once a month, and if you have any particular knowledge of any aspect of wildlife or habitat management, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you.

Access to the reserves is free and open to all, and a network of both hard-standing and grass paths makes it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

 

THE LINGFIELD NATURE RESERVES ARE 25 YEARS OLD….WHAT’S NEXT!

The planning and planting of our wonderful reserves began in 1994, 25 years ago this year. Then the fields were horse pastures surrounded by barb wire fences with little obvious biodiversity.

So much has been achieved since then. Nearly everything you see today has been planted or constructed since. We have a safe all-weather route to school from Saxby’s Lane from Vicarage Road. There is a bridge, an orchard, a butterfly garden, ponds, a wetland complex of ditches and scrapes, flower rich meadows, scrub, hedges and woodlands plus benches, seats and arbours.

Recently we have been presented with a new but very nice challenge. Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse,newly elected chairman of Tandridge District Council, has chosen our reserves to be one of two causes for his fundraising efforts for 2019-2020. That means we need to decide on and plan some new projects for the reserves so we can use any money we raise or are given as a result of Jeremy’s support. It seems we have a potential opportunity to do even more to improve the reserves for wildlife. 

We also need to support Jeremy’s efforts by organising fund raising events for the reserves ourselves. If you have ideas for this or want to get involved, feel free to contact any of the numbers below. Help from people with experience of fund raising and organising fun events would be very welcome.

Jeremy’s other chosen cause is Blanchman's Farm, a Local Nature Reserve in the heart of Warlingham. We have already met with members of the Blanchman Farm management committee and it is clear that, as a minimum, we can share our different experiences in managing a nature reserve near the centre of a village and, hopefully, help each other to make our reserves the best they can be as an asset for our respective communities.

So watch this space as we develop a programme of events and draw up a list of potential improvements. 

Whilst writing we would like to acknowledge the huge contribution made to the management of the reserves by our current treasurer, Sally Cole, who will be shortly moving to Devon with John, her husband, to live nearer their family. Sally has done so much for the reserves from being a stalwart at our Sunday morning work parties to doing a thousand and one management jobs. She is a real doer and go to person and has done everything from liaising with our mowing contractors to leading numerous pond dipping sessions with all sorts of local children’s and school groups. We are very grateful to Sally for her tireless work for the reserves. We will miss her very much and send our best wishes to her and John in their new life in the West Country after 40 years in Lingfield.

If getting involved with the reserves appeals to you, please get in touch or come along to one of our monthly work parties and see if you enjoy it. Feel free to ring John Madden on 835698 or Anne Richards on 870200. Alternatively please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.rg.uk and one of the committee will happily make contact. 

Our work parties are held on the last Sunday of every month. We meet in the wildlife area outside the allotment gates ready for a 10am start.

 

Lingfield Nature Reserves Photography Project

During 2018, the Lingfield Nature Reserves ran a Photography Project. Visitors to the Reserves were encouraged to submit photographs taken during their visit, covering everything from long distance landscapes to macro-photography of the tiniest bug, leaf or flower. Each month, 6 photographs were short-listed and these went forward to a exhibition at the end of the year where the public could vote for 12 winning monthly entries for publication in a 2019 calendar, with all proceeds going towards maintenence of the Reserves. Whilst the Photography Project has finished and the calendars are no longer for sale, below is a link to the amazing and beautiful photos submitted during the year.

All Photography Project Entries

 

Work Party Details ...

Lingfield Nature Reserves Leaflet

 

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