Meetup – September 2020

Splitting into two groups with social distancing sanitising and bringing our own gloves and refreshments we have managed to get quite a bit done on the site. One group doing the hyacinth entrance cutting back overgrowth and clearing litter. The other group scraping the hardstanding and doing the Watling Street steps.

Interpretation Board Design

In the centre of the common we have an interpretation board containing information about wildlife which can be seen throughout the seasons along with a map of the site. Our new design has just been printed and installed. Volunteers will paint the frame in the near future. We hope you like the new look which…

New Pathway Completed

Friends of Rede Common are delighted to announce that work has completed on the new type 1 pathway on the nature reserve. It has taken a lot of hard work from local volunteers to raise the funds needed to get this pathway installed. The route goes from the Columbine Close entrance up the slope and…

New Pathway Works

Work has begun today (28th July 2020) on the new pathway from Columbine close to the interpretation board in the centre of the site. This will improve the route onto the common which was very steep and muddy. Please be aware that access may be restricted at this entrance for the next few days.

Summer Meetups

At the present time all volunteer activities on the common have been suspended. This is in line with government lockdown guidance. Although the lockdown is lifting stage by stage we still have to be careful and certain activities such as our meetups on the common come with higher risks. Although we work mainly outdoors we…

The Importance of Being Idle

a.k.a. The Importance of Rede Common June is considered by many to be one of the worst months on the ornithological calendar; a quiet month when watching butterflies, bees and dragonflies is more productive. However if you are in the right place at the right time, June can be very rewarding. The morning of 2nd…

Wildlife Update

Our volunteers regularly visit the common to document and photograph the birds and other wildlife. You can see weekly updates on our Facebook page. You do not need to be logged into Facebook to view our updates as they are ‘public’ but if you do use Facebook please like our page to follow us. All…

Stargazing

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 7 PM – 10 PM EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT PANDEMIC Join us as we gaze and and learn about the stars and the moon with the Ashford Astronomy Society on Rede Common. £3 to attend. Children under 16 free. Bring a torch if possible, wear suitable clothing and wrap…

Mammal Report – November 2019

A mammal survey was carried out by Rede Common volunteers over three days in November 2019. Dictionary definition of mammal: A mammal is a warm blooded vertebrate (backbone) animal of a class that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, females that secrete milk for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the…

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Not many people in the Medway towns are aware of Rede Common, a 25 acre site of common land owned and managed by Medway Council with the help of us volunteers. The Strood Community Trail goes through this area which is now a Local Nature Reserve. There are wild grass paths and hard surface paths…