Our Snakes in the Heather Volunteer Days will involve clearing birch and pine, and managing gorse. If these plants are left unmanaged they encroach on heathland species and cause the habitat to succeed into woodland. Volunteer support is vital to maintain the open character of the heath which ensures it remains suitable for the specialised wildlife which lives there, including the smooth snake, which lives no-where else in the UK.

Snakes in the Heather Volunteer Days will take place in Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey. Over the 2019/2020 winter they will be run in collaboration with ARC's existing volunteer teams. Dates, times and tasks may change from time to time. To keep up-to-date please complete an ARC Volunteer Form, selecting Snakes in the Heather as an area of interest.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and enough bring food, drink and medication for the day.

If you are running late or can't spot us please ring Owain on 07388948442.

Snakes in the Heather Volunteer Days in Dorset:

Date Time Task Information Meeting Point
Wednesday 16th October 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

St Catherine's Hill

(Gun Club off Sandy Lane, BH23 2NJ. SZ14609501.)

Thursday 28th November 10am - 4pm Purbeck Winter Work Party Taster Day. Maintaining heathland habitat as part of a series of collaborative events lead by the RSPB

Great Ovens

(Morden road car park, BH20 7AS. SY92349040.)

Wednesday 15th January 2020 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

Ramsdown

(Full details TBC)

Wednesday 29th January 2020 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

Parley Common

(Full details TBC)

Wednesday 12th January 2020 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

Noon Hill

(Full details TBC)

Snakes in the Heather Volunteer Days in Surrey:

Date Time Task Information Meeting Point
Tuesday 19th November

Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm

Frensham Common/Churt Valley

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

ARC offices, the Witley Centre, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QA

TBC Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm

Ambersham/Heyshott Commons

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

ARC offices, the Witley Centre, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QA
Saturday 4th January 2020 Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm

Longmoor/Palmer's Ball

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

ARC offices, the Witley Centre, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QA

There are a number of other great ways to volunteer with Snakes in the Heather. If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist or supporting us at events please complete an ARC Volunteer Form, selecting Snakes in the Heather as an area of interest.

Snakes in the Heather is supported by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.