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December 2018

Welcome to the West Wickham Commons Newsletter covering West Wickham Common and Spring Park.


Winter wildlife focus

Winter is a great time of year to explore the West Wickham Commons. Expect to find large flocks of winter thrushes including redwings (see photo) and fieldfares feeding on the sloes and hawthorn berries in the hedgerows at Spring Park. A winter highlight across the Commons are the large flocks of tits that can often be heard twittering through the tree tops before you spot their silhouettes flittering from branch to branch in search of a tasty morsel. Look carefully and you should see the distinctive tail of the Long-tailed tits amongst the more familiar great and blue tits.

A winter in the woods

Our dedicated team of volunteers, affectionately known as the WWaSP’s, will be spending the darkest winter months hazel coppicing at Spring Park. Having made a great start in November they will continue the work through December and January; re-coppicing hazel bushes that were last cut ten years ago. Carpets of bluebells and wood anemones look particularly spectacular the first spring after an area has been coppiced so the volunteers will be quickly rewarded for their effort.
If you’d like to get involved, please see details of our December task-day below.

Visitor survey

We are carrying out a visitor feedback survey to help us understand what our visitors think about their visit(s) to the Commons. There is a simple online form that you can fill in. It shouldn`t take more than a couple of minutes to complete and we will use the information you give to make improvements wherever possible, for the benefit of visitors and wildlife.


Wreath making
Saturday 22 December 2018, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Meet at the office at Spring Park (BR4 9BF)

Suggested donation: £10 per wreath
Get into the festive spirit at our Christmas wreath making workshop.Give your home some festive flair with a beautiful bespoke wreath. We will provide all materials and refreshments.
Booking essential – please book your ticket via Eventbrite or give us a ring 01372 279083.


WWaSP volunteers
Friday 28 December 2018, 10am-3pm
Meet at Spring Park Office

Work off the excesses of Christmas with a day of hazel coppicing.

For further information:
Tel: 01372 279083

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