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.

I would like to invite you to an evening where you can meet your fellow members and members of your Committee as well as attending the AGM. We would like to get to know you better and this occasion provides the perfect opportunity. Speakers will be both opening and closing the event.
The evening will be held on Thursday 28th March 2019, starting at 8.00pm, in the Chorleywood Library, followed by the 28h Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chorleywood Common starting at 8.15pm.
The Agenda is here.  Minutes of the 27th AGM, and the accounts for the year to 31 October 2018, are here and here .
The AGM will include a review of the year by our Chairman, Michael Hyde.  The AGM is also your opportunity as members to raise any matters of interest or concern.  Before the AGM there will be a talk on Chorleywood’s defibrillators and after it a talk on the History of Chorleywood Common.
Nikki Varnals will, but Jackie Worrall will not, be standing for re-election to the Committee.  There will therefore be vacancies to be filled by election at the meeting and also the position of Vice-Chair remains unfilled. Nominations for election as Officers or Committee members should be sent to myself as secretary ( at least 7 days before the AGM, i.e. before or on Thursday 21 March.
If, before the AGM, you would like to query or discuss anything contained in the agenda, and in particular if you want to find out what would be involved if you joined the Committee or took office, please contact Michael Hyde ( or any member of the Committee.
As an added incentive to persuade you to come out on what we hope will be a pleasant Spring evening, we shall be serving wine and soft drinks during the evening.  So on behalf of the Committee, I do hope you will be able to join us at the Meeting and look forward to seeing you on the 28th March.
Yours sincerely
Petrea Conway
Hon. Secretary

The Parish Rangers will be leading a educational walk followed by short working party on the Common on Thursday 31st Jan 10am to 12.30.   Meet as usual in the Cricket Club car park opposite the Parish Office.

This activity takes place on the last Thursday of every month at the same time and place.

Join our Rangers on Monday 28th Jan to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Meet at 10am behind the cricket club pavilion on the Common for an hour of bird watching followed by refreshments at War Memorial Hall. Bring binoculars if you can.

Dick Ashford Butterfly Conservation Herts & Middlesex Butterfly Conservation, reports:

“We thought you would be interested to know that a group of Butterfly Conservation volunteers have been walking Chorleywood Common recording butterflies throughout the summer of 2018. We now have our first year annual record of the butterflies on the common.

We have attempted to incorporate the different habitats represented on the common in our route. As expected the grassland areas, and particularly the chalky bank at the south end of the common, have the greatest variety of butterflies. It’s good to see most of the common spring butterflies e.g. Holly Blue and Brimstone represented. In summer the grassland is heavily populated with Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Common Blue and the Whites. Interestingly there is also a large population of the day flying moths Burnet Companion & Six-spot Burnet. Although these were not actually counted, they were both very numerous. It was exciting to see the Marbled White in significant numbers. Sadly the heathland at the north-west side of the common is pretty barren from a butterfly perspective. Next year we propose to incorporate two of the woodland rides earmarked for conservation in the Chorleywood Common Greenspace Action Plan into our walk. It will be exciting to see how this affects butterfly populations. It will also be interesting to see what effect the long hot summer has had on next year’s butterfly populations given how arid the land became. There is also a possibility that we will host some guided walks for the public to walk round our route and observe the variety of butterfly life therein.

We are excited by the potential beneficial effect of this on the whole ecosystem of the common as it is rolled out. ”

The species and number report is here: Chorleywood Common Transect Annual Summary 2018

you may not be aware of the possible sites for housing development that Three Rivers are considering for Chorleywood. Two in particular would dramatically impact the views from the Common, PCS4 and CFS14.

feedback has to in by 21 Dec.  The most complete information and suggestions as to how best to frame a response has been put out by the Chorleywood Residents Association and can be viewed by clicking here:

The Parish Council has included the following update on its management of the Common in their recent Autumn Newsletter “Chorleywood Matters”:

As we enter autumn, Chorleywood Common’s winter work programme comes into focus as we begin to plan the tasks and activities that will be undertaken throughout the colder months. Activity will continue down in the Maybushes where select trees will be felled to increase the area of chalk meadow grassland as seen in Larks Meadow. Grassland of this type and quality is nationally very scarce so it is important that we do what we can to enhance and increase this habitat. Our winter work programme will also see our Rangers commence work in the previously designated ’non-intervention’ woodland. Here non-native invasive laurel species are beginning to spread, out-competing the native trees and shading out the ground flora. Uncontrolled holly growth is also having the same impact.
Other tasks include the removal of sapling trees and bramble amongst the heather and gorse which can be easily crowded out. Building on from previous successful efforts, heather seed will also be collected and spread in lightly scraped patches to increase and promote its coverage across the acid grassland. Other areas of grassland and scrub will be left uncut to grow on a 2 year rotation allowing for better winter cover for birds and to encourage increased invertebrate populations. The parking area banks around the Common will also be managed to promote wildflower growth supporting our delicate pollinator species.
The English Longhorn Cattle had a 6 week grazing period down in the Maybushes and have been successful in reducing the scrub to a point where more delicate wildflower species should now be able to gain more of a foothold come the spring. We look forward to seeing the cattle again next year where their activities continue to help us meet the requirements of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme.
Early in 2019 you can expect to see new interpretation boards, signage and waymarker posts being installed. These will help direct people around the Common and inform visitors about the wealth of habitats and associated wildlife we are so fortunate to have under our stewardship. It is important to remember that Chorleywood Common is not a park but a designated nature reserve and whilst appropriate recreational activity is promoted and encouraged, it is managed foremost as a natural and wild place for our native species to flourish.
If you would like to get involved and learn more about Chorleywood Common, why not join our Rangers on a range of walks, talks and activities throughout the year [Note these are in cooperation with the Friends - Stuart]. They are free to attend and there is no need to sign up. Just come along at 10am on the last Thursday of the month where our Rangers will be waiting to greet you next to the cricket club pavilion opposite the Parish Council Office.”

The Friends have a display for the Parish’s WW1 commemorations of “Military Use of the Common 1914-1918 compared with Civilian Life before it”.

It will be in the Memorial Hall Common Room from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November.

There are a number of other events to commemorate the ending of WW1 over that weekend – see the Parish website: