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The Rye Brook flows through Ashtead Common, Ashtead Rye Meadows & Leatherhead where it joins the River Mole. Over the years, urban & agricultural development has had a detrimental effect on the Rye Brook, with the result that it supported little wildlife and periodically flooded local houses. By restoring the natural processes such as erosion, the depositing of minerals and the occasional flooding of wetland habitats, we are securing a healthy long term future for both wildlife & people.

Ashtead resident, Peter Vince, has seen frog spawn in one of the ponds in Rye Meadows. This is further evidence of the local wildlife reclaiming the land.

Frog Spawn

Clearing the river banks of thick blackthorn has encouraged the kingfisher to start its hunt for food in the Rye Brook within Rye Meadows, and the ponds are a regular haunt of the heron.

If anyone has surplus frog spawn in their fish ponds, we'd be pleased to receive it in the large pond in Centenary Field. Frog spawn only please - no american signal crayfish, terrapins or other invasive species.

We have enough of a problem keeping Himalayan Balsam under control without having to defend against other invasive species.

 

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