Environment Officer. Stephen Rudd.Feb

(Feb 2022) MRA Submission on AONB Boundary Review

(July 2021) SWIFTS.

From: Sarah & Gary Davis 
Sent: 18 July 2021 15:02
Subject: Swift boxes installed Merrow 8th July 2021

Thank you to all the Merrow Residents who supported our ‘ Swift to Save
Swifts’ project. We had an overwhelming response with 41 residents requests.
We have split putting up the boxes into two dates. On the 8th of July we put
up 30 boxes, which is a record number for us in one day.  Thanks to Stephen
Rudd who collected names and to residents of Merrow Residents Association
who stepped forward in support.

I am now organising the next list which again thanks to you all is now full
and we will soon be giving out the date for that towards the end of August,
beginning of September. 24 Swift boxes are currently being made up for the
next date by Hampshire Swifts , many bespoke boxes for Tile hung houses or
tricky locations, so I would like to give a big round of applause to
Hampshire Swifts, whom I could not run this project without.

We continue to take names and although we will soon be doing other areas of
Guildford and the surrounding area, we plan to come back to Merrow again
next year and are happy to always take names and put on our waiting list. 
£35 per box including installation
Please text or phone Sarah Davis in first instance. 
Thanks again for your enthusiasm to help protect against the decline of the
amazing bird the Swift. 
Sarah Davis
Guildford Environmental Forum  . Swift To Save Swifts project. 


(June 2021) Successful Saving of Pewley Down Fields

The “Saving Pewley Down Fields team” are absolutely delighted by the fantastic result of the recent auction for the fields. Thanks to the incredible generosity of local people, who were quick to pledge substantial amounts to give us a war chest for the auction, we managed to put in the highest offer and this has been accepted by the vendor.

The Thames Basin Heathlands illustrated talk given by Ruth Shelton & Michael Jones from Natural England.

(19 May 2021) Removal of invasive “Perfoliate Alexanders” from Browning’s Down (to West of Guildford Golf Club)

“Dear Andrew and Stephen,

I would just like to thank you both for letting MRA members know about the task this morning.

I was really heartened by the response and at least half of the volunteers this morning were from MRA or Merrow residents who have helped before. I was  also heartening to see other volunteers  (from Surrey Botanical Society and Butterfly Conservation) some from as far away as Ewell and Betchworth, who have helped over the last 8 years, come yet again this year. Thank you for coming to help this morning, Andrew. I have attached 2 photos which you are welcome to use on the MRA website if you would like.

Best wishes


(Oct 2020) ‘Merrow Downs: flora, butterflies and conservation’, a talk given by Gillian and Ken Elsom for MRA Autumn Meeting on Zoom, 19/10/2020. View a selection of photographs.

 Rewilding your garden for butterflies,
“I have put together some useful information (references & websites) arising from this meeting for interested MRA members. I have a little Kidney Vetch seed (original source ‘wildflower slope’ on Merrow Downs with permission from the Golf Course) for anyone who lives on chalk in Merrow & who may like to grow it in their garden for Small Blues.”
Gillian Elsom 21/10/2020 

Environment Report Spring 2020
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