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Group Sett Survey - Details for Sunday 25th September

Our first monthly Group Survey Session is planned for 10.00 am this SUNDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER. If you would like to join us, please let us know as soon as possible either here, using the "Contact" form on the website, in the "Group Survey" forum post, or by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram direct message. Alternatively, please drop an email to info@northeasthampshirebadgergroup.com. Please also provide a mobile contact number, in case of emergency. We will be meeting at Velmead Road in Fleet from 9.30 am onwards and setting off promptly at 10.00 am. The meeting location is at the junction of Velmead Road and Warren Close (what3words tasteful.bliss.oath). Road parking is available on Warren Close, Velmead Road, Velmead Close and Fairland Close. Please be respectful of residents and avoid impeding access to or from their driveways. You can contact Nick on the day on 07947 352288 if you have any problem finding the location, are running late or have to cancel at the last minute.


We expect to be back at our cars around 2.00/2.30 pm although you're free to head back earlier if you need to.


General notes: Whether surveying with the Group or independently, please always:


Wear walking boots or other suitable, sturdy footwear.


Wear/bring layers of clothing to guard against warm/cold weather.


Wear/bring a waterproof anorak or coat and bring waterproof trousers if you have any in case it rains on the day.


Take food and plenty to drink. There won't be an opportunity to buy anything on the day.


Take a mobile phone


Take a paper map (OS1:25K scale Explorer Maps) or map tile of the area to be surveyed (provided by the Group on group sessions)


Take alcohol hand sanitizer (to use after contact with gates, stiles etc)


Wear long sleeves and long trousers to guard against ticks, bramble & nettles and, should you be

unlucky enough to be bitten, be aware of the symptoms of Lymes Disease. The NHS provides data: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/


Other things you may want to consider taking when sett surveying:

• A notebook & something hard to lean on

• Pen or pencil

• Camera if not present on mobile phone

• GPS device if you have one. You may want to have downloaded both the "what3words" and "Grid Ref OS" apps beforehand.

• Walking pole if you have one – can be helpful if scrambling on slopes

• Plastic bags and plastic gloves (for picking up the inevitable rubbish you will come across)

• Binoculars if you have them (eg. to spot spoil heaps from a distance)

• Suncream or waterproofs/gaiters accordingly

• Waterproof case for phone

• Tape measure or other item to include in sett photos for scale and location

• And for the end of the day, we’d recommend some disinfectant spray to clean your boots,

something like "Safe4 Disinfectant Cleaner 500ml Spray" (available from amazon.co.uk). Given that bTB can be stored in the soil, we don’t want to risk spreading it around!


We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on Sunday!


Nick, Lauren & Matt.



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