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Monday 7th March, 2022: Woking Peregrine Project

James Sellen, Woking Peregrine Project Team

James has been involved with the Woking Peregrine Project since it started in 2015. The last seven years have been very eventful – no breeding season is the same as they witness local Peregrines’ complex, savage and intimate lifestyle. Since the Project started, James has learnt much about the world’s fastest avian predator and taken numerous photos of these charismatic Peregrines, some of which will help illustrate this talk. With the generous assistance of many individuals and organisations, the Project has been able to help the ongoing breeding success of the Peregrine – a bird of prey that very nearly became extinct as a UK breeding species not many years ago.



Monday 10th January, 2022: The Wildlife of Pewley Down and Meadows

Jonathan Mitchell, Chair of Pewley Down Volunteers

Pewley Down is a small but important chalk downland nature reserve 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Guildford, home to much scarce wildlife. The area under protection has been substantially expanded with the acquisition by the community and partners of the adjacent Pewley Meadows in 2021. 

Monday November 1st: White Storks – Lucy Groves, Knepp White Stork Project Officer

Photo of white storks by Corine Bliek under creative commons

White storks are breeding in the UK for the first time in hundreds of years.

Monday October 4th: Bat Ecology and Conservation by Ross Baker, Surrey Bat Group Chairman

Photo of pipistrelle bat by Bill Tyne under creative commons

Given by Ross Baker we explored the range of international and UK bats, with an emphasis on those found in Surrey. Ross is the chairman of Surrey Bat Group having worked with bats in Surrey for over 35 years with Bat Group projects, as a Natural England Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor and trainer, as a consultant (now retired) and as an independent researcher specialising in the rarer woodland bats of Surrey.

Monday September 6th: Hazel Dormice – Dave Williams, mammal expert

 Hazel dormouse photo by Frank Vassen under creative commons

All about Hazel Dormice – habits, habitats, hibernation and how we can help them

Sat 14th August – Walk at Tices Meadow

The FNW group met with the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group on the mound at Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve,spotting some of the 200 species of bird that have been recorded on site, including migrating wading birds such as Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and more. The group walk also took in the woodlands, grassland and reed beds, with views of the meadow and water bodies on site.

April 2021 – Gilbert White the Gardener – David Standing

Naturalist Gilbert White (1720-1793) is sometimes known as the father of modern ecology.  David Standing, the Head Gardener at the Gilbert White Museum in Selborne, Hampshire from 1979 to 2017 gave us a fascinating talk.  It follows the detective story of finding out the original layout and planting of his grounds, and made particular reference to White’s natural history observations in his garden.

Below is the list of plant names found in the garden……….

English Name Latin name
French marigold Tagetes patula
African Marigold Tagetes erecta
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate Persicaria orientalis
Venus looking glass Legousia speculum-veneris
Flower-of-an-hour Hibiscus trionum
Blue convolvulus Covolvulus tricolur ‘Blue Ensign’
Curled Mallow Malva vericillata ‘Crispa’
Painted Lady sweet pea Lathyrus odoratus ‘Painted Lady’
Clary Sage ‘Turkestanica’ Salvia sclarea ‘Turkestanica’
Marvel of Peru Mirabilis jalapa
Hollyhock (single flowered) Alcea rosea
Gold Laced Polyanthus Primula x polyantha ‘Gold Lace’
Chimney Bellflower Campanula pyramidalis
French Honeysuckle Hedysarum coronarium
Rusty Foxglove Digitalis ferruginea
White Sweet Rocket Hesperis matronalis albiflora
Double sweet rocket Hesperis matronalis alba-plena
Burning Bush Dictamnus fraxinella
Crown Imperial Fritillaria imperialis
Dragon arum Dracunculus vulgaris
Double Hyacinth Hyacinths orientalis double var
Martagon Lily Lilium martagon
Madonna lily Lilium candidum
Purslane Portulaca oleracea subsp sativa
Skirret Sium sisarum
Cardoon Cynara cardunculus
Celeriac Apium graveolens var rapaceum
Apple Nonpareil Malus domestica ‘Nonpareil’
Medlar Mespilus germanica
Quince Cydonia oblonga
Pear Catillac Pyrus comunis ‘Catillac’
Melon Cucumis melo
Apothecaries Rose Rosa gallica officinalis
Rosa Mundi Rosa gallica officinalis versicolour
Rose Celeste Rosa alba ‘Celeste’
Rose Ville de Bruxelles’ Rosa damascena ‘Ville de Bruxelles’
Rose Rambling Rector Rosa sp (Rambler group) Rambling Rector
Austrian Briar Rosa foetida
Rose Mannings Blush Rosa rubiginosa ‘Mannings Blush’
Giant Reed Arundo donax
Scorpionsenna Hippocrepis emerus
Laurestinus Viburnum tinus
Laurel Prunus laurocerasus
Holm Oak Quercus ilex
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera
Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus libani

March 2021 – Birds of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica 

Keith Betton took us on a wonderful journey to the southern oceans, seeing albatrosses, penguins and many other fascinating birds. Keith is a Farnham resident and an author and broadcaster.  


Treasure Hunt – Jan/Feb 2021

Check out the treasure hunt for nature on Normandy Common. The competition is closed now, but you can still answer the quiz and look for the answers on the Common.