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  • Return of the water vole!

    Return of the water vole!0

    Berrylands-based Citizen Zoo has raised £18,250 to bring water voles back to the Hogsmill River. The rewilding group’s fundraiser smashed its original £12,000 target. The extra money will now help recruit a dedicated water vole officer to manage the scheme and scale the project beyond the Hogsmill River to the Thames. The next two years will

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  • Make room for mushrooms!

    Make room for mushrooms!0

    Does this look like a gathering of Coprinus comatus to you? Or do you know them by any of their other names – shaggy ink cap, lawyer’s wig or shaggy mane? They were spotted by one of our Good Life deliverers in a front garden in Woodstock Lane North, Long Ditton. The fungi, a gilled

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  • Volunteers rally at Victoria rec for community clear-up day

    Volunteers rally at Victoria rec for community clear-up day0

    This was the bountiful haul when volunteers cleared the dense undergrowth around the tennis courts in Victoria recreation ground; 50 lost balls (some slightly chewed). The community rallied to spruce up Victoria rec, trim unruly foliage, pick up litter and dramatically improve the Victoria Avenue entrance’s flowerbeds. Twenty five volunteers from the Friends group used

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  • Free cycle training for adults and families at home or in local park

    Free cycle training for adults and families at home or in local park0

    A bit rusty on the old bike? Kingston Council is offering free cycle lessons to rebuild confidence on the road – and cycle instructors will even come to your home to teach you! There are a variety of one-to-one sessions on offer including the very basic skills to learn to navigate around your immediate area,

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  • Mask up for Hogsmill water voles

    Mask up for Hogsmill water voles0

    Stand out from the crowd, and support a good cause at the same time, by sporting this eye-catching water vole mask (see pic above). The Get InVOLEd mask costs £7.50 with free postage thrown in. Made to order by volunteers from recycled polyester and cotton bed sheets (50-50), it has an endearing water vole logo

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  • Grey heron goes fishing

    Grey heron goes fishing0

      This statuesque figure (see picture below) visited the good folk of Ditton Reach the other day. The grey heron, which was strutting its stuff along the riverbank in Long Ditton, was snapped by Good Life deliverer Irene Reece. “The heron lives in Home Park but we have no idea if they have nested as

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