The Rangers are having a butterfly count event on the Common on 7th August 2019, starting with a meeting at the Common Room at 11am.  This is part of the Butterfly Conservation event running from 20th July until 12th August.

The Cattle are back

30 Jul 2019

We have five cattle on the Common – they are adjusting to their new surroundings fenced in Railway Field and will stay there until Monday in order to let them settle in.  Then they should be released firstly into the May bushes area and then into Larks Meadow – probably at the beginning of September once the orchids have finished..

On Sunday 11th AugustMaple Lodge Nature Reserve will once again be open to the general public when it holds its annual Discovery Day.  The reserve is one of Rickmansworth’s hidden secrets and is home to a rich variety of wildlife including waterfowl, woodland birds, bats and butterflies.

Throughout the day guided tours of the reserve will be organised by members of the Maple Lodge Conservation Society.  There are two lakes and many hides to explore around the reserve, some of which have wheelchair access.

Light refreshments will be available all day and there will also be plants, second-hand books and greeting cards on sale.  Entry to the reserve and parking will be free of charge.   Opens at 11:00 a.m. with last admission at 4:00 p.m.

For more information please contact: Keith Pursall, Chairman, Maple Lodge Conservation Society on 07580 535986 or events@maplelodgenaturereserve.org

Many thanks to the Parish Council for organising and the weather for being sunny.  We enjoyed a very successful Village Day and welcomed in 6 new members – and it was particularly nice when existing members came up and said who they were as we very much appreciate this direct contact with you and we do hope that more of you will follow suit like that in the future.
Pride of place this year went to our “Clean it up” campaign, with a very explicit message to dog walkers who don’t. We had an 11 foot sycamore tree festooned with 21 poo bags full of (inert) material that represented the number of poo bags the rangers have to remove from trees and shrubs every week.
Our display of newts maintained the interest of all who visited us – and it was heartening to find how many knew what they were – and in French and Italian – ‘dragons’ was a colourful guess too, especially for the little larvae with their feathery fronds behind their ears. And lots recognised ‘sea snails’ and were intrigued to see their bodies contract and expand as they moved on the glass sides of the tank.
And we had questions about planning permissions for developments and quite a few about lizards.

At the end of the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 16 April our Chairman Michael Hyde presented Jackie Worrall with a token of appreciation and thanks for her long membership of the Committee of Friends of Chorleywood Common  (Jackie stood down at the recent AGM). Jackie continues to serve on the Parish Council (currently as Vice Chairman) so her knowledge, love and support for the Common will continue.

The Parish Council agreed that a councillor should attend Friends Committee meetings as a non-voting member to maintain the close contact and information sharing between the Parish and Friends.  This role would be appointed at the Full Parish Council meeting in May when councillors are voted into which sub-committees and liaison roles they will fulfill for the coming year.

Social & AGM report

29 Mar 2019

Great to see those members who came last night.  We had a superb presentation by Daniel Du Gard on how the Common has changed, his presentation is here (click).

Then the formal AGM took place.  Michael Hyde gave his Chairman’s report for the year here (click).  The meeting gave thanks and expressed great appreciation to Jackie Worrall who is standing down, but all other current committee members were re-elected.  There is space for more members to contribute to the committee, please contact us to find out more.

After some drinks, crisps and chat, Tony Edwards, member of Parish Council and Chair of the Open Spaces Committee, demonstrated CPR and resuscitation using a defibrillator on a dummy.  There are four defibrillators in Chorleywood and if you find someone collapsed and not breathing, first check it is safe to approach, and if they are not breathing call 999 and start CPR.  999 will direct you (or another passerby) to get a defibrillator and once opened the machine tells you what to do, no training or expertise is required.  It saves lives.

Now, get out and enjoy the Common in the sunshine!

Ranger Walks and Tasks  - Last Thursday of every month 10.00am – 12.30pm (ending at a pub where people can stay for lunch/a drink if they wish).

28 March – Laurel & holly cutting and marking – meet at Cricket Club car park

In order to let our new-to-fatherhood Conservation Ranger, Daniel du Gard, return as swiftly as possible to his parental duties after his talk to us about the Common, we have re-timed the evening so the talks will be on first, then it will be concluded with the formal business of the AGM now starting closer to 9.30pm than 8.15pm.

There are a number of activities planned by the Rangers and Parish Council for Easter on the Common on 11th April 2019.

I expect it will start at the Cricket Club Pavilion but details will be provided on the Parish Council website.