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Nature Reserve Newsletter - May/June 2019

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Drumming evening at Noakes Grove (Sunday May 26th) has had to be cancelled. Sorry.

A one-day safari to really wild Sussex

Knepp Castle has a 3500-acre estate which has been converted from intensive arable farmland to a truly wild habitat: similar to what is now believed to be the original, post-ice-age habitat of England 7000 years ago. We have arranged a day coach-trip to visit Knepp to be guided round by an expert ecologist in a safari vehicle. The visit is on Friday September 20th and is limited to 22 participants. Read all about it and send us your booking request.


Kids' weekend at Noakes Grove

On Saturday 11th May saw the first of this year's children's birthday parties at Noakes Grove: energetic games, bug hunting, campfire cooking and pond-dipping. No-one seemed to mind the slightly damp start and the weather soon perked up.

If your child might like to celebrate his/her birthday at Noakes Grove click here for more details

Open Day

The next day was our annual Open Day and everyone agreed it was the best yet: many more people attending (mainly families with young children) and most newcomers seem to have found us via Facebook. We owe Fiona Hutchings a big thank you for running our Facebook page and to everyone who helped make the day a success.

Together the two days raised well over £500 to go towards the management of Noakes Grove. Over twenty people signed up as Friends of Walden Countryside - if you were one of them, this will be the first of your regular newsletters. Welcome.


Traditonal woodsmen's tools disply by Vyv Veal & puppet show by Elaine Corke, Sandie Phillips and Andrew Watson


Sunday May 26th - 5.00 to 7.00 pm

Drumming at Noakes Grove



DAWN PATROL - Visit Noakes Grove to hear the dawn chorus and watch for wildlife

Meet at Noakes Grove car park - Sunday 19th May 3.30 a.m. (YES REALLY - 3.30 a.m.)

Bring your own flask of coffee

It would be helpful if you let us know you plan to come:


Our Annual General Meeting - advance notice

People tell us that AGMs are boring and to be avoided. So we've made this one more interesting.

It's in the open air at Noakes Grove (or sheltering in the stable block if it rains)

There will be camp-fire refreshments and a chance to play with bat detectors after you have approved the accounts etc. The boring stuff should take no more than 15 minutes.

AGM of Organic Countryside CIC @ Noakes Grove 7.30 pm Tuesday July 2nd 2019

Everyone welcome - but only shareholders get to vote


Friends of Walden Countryside

Our Friends help in many ways: by helping on work-parties, sheep-care or with administrative tasks and/or by making donations to help pay for our work. To become a friend we ask you to make a donation at least once a year (you choose how much - most people give £5-£10). To become a friend (or give another donation) just visit : Friends of Walden Countryside. To find out more about getting directly involved with our work just email