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Surrey Wildlife Trust

Shabden Park Farm is situated within the Shabden Park Estate, one of the countryside sites of Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Surrey Wildlife Trust Countryside Services Ltd was set up in May 2003 through a unique partnership between Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey County Council, and is the land management arm of SWT.
SWTCS is responsible for managing all of SWT's countryside spaces and nature reserves, over 60 sites covering 11,000 acres of Surrey’s countryside. Many of these are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's).
Surrey Wildlife Trust relies on membership subscriptions and fundraising to continue its work for nature conservation and the environment.

SWT rangers Graham Manning and Steve Glasspool

The Ranger

Bob Crompton is the Surrey Wildlife Trust Countryside Ranger for the Shabden Park estate and several other sites in north-east Surrey.
Rangers carry out practical work such as woodland management, clearing, pulling ragwort etc., they advise on management for conservation and carry out conservation work such as surveys, and they lead walks and other events for the public.

You will meet Bob if you come to one of our Open Days or join us on one of our farm walks or events.




Bob Crompton Countryside Ranger

Ranger's Notes
 
Winter 2007/2008

We have recently been working on an area of chalk grassland restoration with the help of the SITA Trust and when the fencing is completed, the farmer will commence winter grazing with farm livestock to remove the annual growth in a traditional non-mechanised way to ensure the survival of delicate chalk loving plants and their associated Butterfly and Moth species.

We also use the winter period to undertake woodland management activities such as coppicing, thinning and ride/glade maintenance. You may encounter this type of work on your visit and we ask that you obey all written and verbal instructions for your safety. Please also be aware of the presence of poisonous fungi if collecting for personal consumption. Commercial collecting is not allowed.

We ask that you remember that this is a working farm with livestock around at any time of year. The farmer is helped a great deal if you keep to the recognised and waymarked paths and keep your dog on a lead at all times. Please respect the ecological interest of the site by not picking wild plants and leaving the habitats undisturbed.

If you have any questions about the estate then please call Bob Crompton, the ranger, on 07968 832511 or e mail at robert.crompton@surreywt.org.uk.

If you need to contact the farm office with an urgent issue then please call 01737 552744.

We all hope you enjoy your visit to Shabden Park!
 

Bob sets off on a guided walk of the farm
Bob sets off on an Open Day guided walk



Bob talks to some open day visitors
Bob talks to some Open Day visitors

Spring 2007

Welcome to Shabden Park Estate which is owned by Surrey County Council and managed on their behalf by Shabden Park Farm and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

By way of introduction, I am Bob Crompton and from the 1st April 2007, I will be the new Countryside Ranger for this site following the untimely death last year of my friend and colleague, David Hill. I am a native of the West Riding of Yorkshire but have lived and worked in Surrey for many years and look forward to helping Mark and Kirstie in their farming enterprise and continuing David’s vision for the conservation of this special place and welcoming you, the visitor!

This site falls within our new Eastern area and our new team will be active here from now on as we go about managing the woodland and access paths for the benefit of the wildlife and to provide for the quiet enjoyment of it and the landscape.

We ask that you remember that this is a working farm with livestock around at any time of year. The farmer is helped a great deal if you keep to the recognised and waymarked paths and keep your dog on a lead at all times. Please respect the ecological interest of the site by not picking flowers and leaving the habitats undisturbed.

If you have any questions about the estate then please call me on 07968 832511 or email me at Robert.Crompton@surreywt.org.uk.

If you need to contact the farm office with an urgent issue then please call 01737 552744.


Links

Surrey Wildlife Trust for information about the Trust's activities, places to go, and Surrey nature.

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