Our Snakes in the Heather Volunteer Days are open to the public, no specialist skills are needed and families are welcome. They run on a mix of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from autumn to spring. (See dates and time below.)

They take place on local heathland nature reserves in Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey. These reserves are home to all sorts of wonderful and unique species including reptiles like the smooth snake.

We use hand tools such as saws and loppers (a type of large scissor used for cutting twigs, branches and small plants) to remove invasive birch, pine and gorse. Each Volunteer Day will involve an activity such as a mini-quiz, a photography competition or an informal Bioblitz of the area to see what we can find. 

By removing the invasive plants we maintain the open character of the heath which ensures it remains suitable for the specialised wildlife which lives there.

You do not need to be a registered ARC Volunteer to attend provided you are present for the safety briefing at the start of the task. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and enough bring food, drink and medication for the day. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks are provided.

Dates, times and tasks may change from time to time. If you are running late or can't spot us please ring Owain on 07388948442.

Snakes in the Heather Habitat Sundays take place in the Dorset area on the first Sunday of the month from September until March:

Date Time Task Information Meeting Point
Sunday 6th September 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Sunday 4th October 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Sunday 1st November 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat TBC
Sunday 6th December 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat TBC
Sunday 3rd January 2021 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Sunday 7th February 2021 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Sunday 7th March 2021 10am - 2pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Snakes in the Heather Dorset area Volunteer Days take place on the last Wednesday of the month from September until March:

Date Time Task Information Meeting Point
Wednesday 30th September 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 28th October 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 25th November 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 30th December  10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 27th January 2021 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 24th February 2021 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Wednesday 31st March 2021 10am - 3pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

TBC

Snakes in the Heather Weald area Volunteer Days take place on the second Tuesday of the month from September until March:

Date Time Task Information Meeting Point
Tuesday 8th September

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

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

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

Tuesday 13th October

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

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

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

Tuesday 10th November

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

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

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

Tuesday 08th December

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

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

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

Tuesday 12th January 2021 Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat ARC offices, the Witley Centre, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QA
Tuesday 09th February 2021 Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm

Clearing small pine and birch to maintain heathland habitat

ARC offices, the Witley Centre, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QA
Tuesday 09th March 2021 Meet at 9am, drive as a group to site at 9:30, return by 3:30pm

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.