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Yateley Society Nature Conservation Working Party


The Conservation Working Party grew out of the informal work groups which cleaned ponds and the Royal Oak Valley. At an Special General Meeting in February 1997 the Society formally adopted the fourth object clause in its constitution:


"To secure the enhancement of the biological diversity of the ecosystems, the conservation of the natural and semi-natural habitats, and the protection of the characteristic fauna and flora within the area of benefit"


The Yateley Society is therefore well placed, as a charity, to coordinate local efforts to secure the Biodiversity objectives which were adopted internationally at the Rio summit some six years ago. Increasingly initiatives and plans to conserve wildlife habitats are being drawn up to include local volunteers in the surveying, planning and groundwork stages.


So what do we do?


The Conservation Working Party is typically involved in restoring heathland by clearing scrub from the Common but when opportunities arise it has undertaken other local conservation projects, for example, haymaking by hand in a privately owned wet meadow rich with orchids and other rare plants, and boardwalk assembly.


The Society is very active in this area, encouraging participation from local schools, in our Conservation Working Party. The potential need for additional manpower by Society to restore heathland by clearing scrub from the common is immense.


Under the guidance of the Hampshire County Council Park Rangers, the Conservation Working Party meets on the last Sunday of every month at 10am at Wyndhams Pool, Yateley Common (off Cricket Hill). No previous experience is needed and tools and refreshments are provided. The Working Party is not restricted to Society members and all new volunteers are welcome.

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