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The next FoTF Conservation Event is earlier than normal due to Easter and will be on Sunday 14th April (*not* the 21st April).

The 2019 Rex Graham Reserve Open Day will be on Sunday 26th May 2019.

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Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation

The Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation Group is one of the three conservation groups who undertake various tasks during scheduled events. Previous tasks are varied and have included scrub clearance in and around the Goshawk Trail at Mayday Farm, clearing around the various ponds at High Lodge, construction and placement of bird and bat boxes in and around High Lodge, as well as the construction of Tern Rafts for placement in Lynford Arboretum lake.

FoTF Conservation at Work

The group meet at 09:00, and generally finish at 13:00, every 3rd Sunday in a month, and the meeting point depends on the location of the work being undertaken, but a mail is sent out the week prior to the meeting to confirm the details of the date, time, and starting point.

Participation is free for FoTF members and we welcome non members. For insurance purposes, we ask that non members make a donation of £1.00 to comply with the terms of the insurance.

Tools and safety gear are provided, and we ask that all attendees follow the instructions given at the Health and Safety briefing before starting. Refreshments are also provided to keep the energy level up!

You can view the schedule here, or use the relevant item from the Volunteering menu. To register your interest in attending a event please email the secretary

Conservation Group 2016 Report

2016 once again saw Friends of Thetford Forest Conservation tackle a full programme of 12 events visiting locations as varied as Cranwich, Hochkham, and Santon Downham Workshops performing a variety of tasks such as the construction of Owl and Bat Boxes, scrub clearance, and Gorse clearance.

The team once again opened the year by joining forces with Toadwatch to errect the toad fences at Cranwich on the busy A134 to help the toads move from the woods to the south west to the ponds to the north. February saw FoTF Conservation join forces with FoTF Lynford Arboretum for a joint event at Lynford Arborteum.

March saw the team at High Lodge for the 2016 Discovery Day where the team met members of the public while constructing Owl Boxes. April saw the team return to the Goshawk Trail to repair the screen, as the original screen had suffered over the years due to weathering. While there the team also undertook some general clearance tasks.

May saw FoTF Conservation head to Mildenahll Warren Lodge to undertake clearance work ahead of the open day later in the month. While there the team also continued their work on the Mugwort reintroduction project just a short distance away at the Mildenhall Pits. June saw FoTF Conservation visit a brand new site, Frosts Common near Hockham. While close to the Hills & Holes of Hockham, the team had never visited the Pingos at Forsts Common so got to add another location to the long list of locations the team have undertaken work at.

The team at work in Mildenhall Pits Clearing Gorse at Hockham Hills & Holes
Tern Raft Construction at Santon Downham workshops Launching one of the Tern Raft Construction onto Lynford Water

July saw FoTF Conservation visit Rex Graham Reserve undertaking their annual clearance at the reserve to help the rare Orchids. August saw the team visit Lynford Water to undertake scrub clearance around the waters edge. The September and October even saw the team returm to Hockham to undertake Gorse removal and to burn, in a controlled manner, the large amount of Gorse removed.

November saw FoTF Conservation return to Lynford Water to remove small trees from around the water edge and undertake work on the reed beds. December saw the annual event at Santom Downham Workshops where, as well as treating themselves to festive goodies, the team built bird boxes for use around the forest.

Many thanks to our willing volunteers, as none of this would be possible without them!

To register your interest in attending a event please email the secretary, we hope to see you on a event soon!