Mickleham Downs has been the focus of conservation work in February. It started with contractors doing a lot of scub clearance on the Mickleham end of the Gallops, cutting regrowth which had appeared since the volunteers were last there a few years ago, then followed on with more volunteer work clearing dogwood and other scrub in the middle of the Gallops. The work then culminated with the annual Mickleham Downs Scrub Bash where a corporate group from RBI, staff from Juniper Hall, rangers from Reigate council, and many others joined the “regulars” to form a working party of over 70 volunteers. We cleared a very large amount of scub and encroaching trees from the Nower Wood end of the Gallops, keeping warm with an enormous bonfire (and from all the hard work of course). Keep a look out for our work when you walk on the Gallops – it should be very obvious.