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What's On

AGM and talk by Tim Hill (HMWT), Thursday 10 May at 19.30 at Park Hall, Harpenden

This evening The Friends will hold their AGM, with another busy year to report upon and aims for the future. This will be followed by a talk by Tim Hill, the Conservation Manager for the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, the title of the talk being 'A Living Landscape for Hertfordshire  - Every Little Helps; Tim brings a wealth of knowledge on local wildlife, and how to manage the land for it's benefit.

Refreshments will be available. All are welcome

Volunteer Work Parties

Volunteer Work Party meeting at 5 Ways, Wednesday 14 February at 10am

The St Albans DC Greenspace Management Plan for the Nickey Line provides for two new scallops being created near 5 Ways to create views, allow light onto the Nickey Line, and provide new habitat for wildlife

We will be removing cut vegetation and burning much of the cuttings. We will supply tooling, gauntlets,other safety equipment and morning refreshments, so if youimtend staying into the afternoon bring a drink and packed lunch. Wear stout footwear. If you intend coming contact Roger on 01582 763560


Volunteer Work Party Tuesday 13 March 2018 just below Knott Wood at 10am

On this work party we will be hedge laying, extending the laid hedge just below Knott Wood on the west side

We will provde tooling, safety equipment and gauntlets, and morning refreshments. If you are staying into the afternoon (and the work is unlikely to be fiinished by lunchtime), bring as packed lunch and drink.

Wear stout footwear

Contact Roger on or Geoff on 01582 712073 or




The Nickey Line in Hemel Hempstead Town

This walk, led by our own Roger Green, is organised jointly with the Railway Ramblers, and will follow the route of the Nickey Line from Boxmoor through Hemel Hempstead, tracing what remains of the Nickey Line. The route will use footpaths, streets, a meadow, and a short length of the old railway embankment. There is the opportunity for refreshments after about 2 miles, and lunch after about 3.5 miles. The return to the start point uses a different route, although one can catch a No 500 bus back to the start point

Meet at Hemel Hempstead station for 10.40am, following the arrival of trains from Euston and Clapham Junction. Parking at the station costs £4.40 on Saturdays. Exit the station and turn left, assembling near the cycle track

Numbers are limited, and places must be booked Please contact Roger on, or phone 0i442 257030 to book a place

Dawn Chorus Walk and Breakfast Sunday 29 April at YWAM starting 5.45am

Sunday 29 April

Friends of the Nickey Line and the local branch of the RSPB are holding their 6th biannual dawn chorus and breakfast walk at Youth with a Mission (YWAM), starting 5.45am prompt from the rear car park. Access YWAM using the entrance alongside the Ambrose Lane bridge.There is a choice of a bacon sandwich or pain au chocolate, plus fruit juice, tea or coffee which must be selected when booking a place. Prepayment required, with cheques for £6.00 pp in favour of Friends of the Nickey Line sent to Roger at 30 Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4AX. Wear warm clothing and stout footwear.
Early booking advised - always very popular!!

Further details from Roger 01582 763560 or Geoff 01582 765543 if needed. 

Redbourn Springwatch Walk, Saturday 12 May 2018, from 10am

The Friends of the Nickey Line and the Ver Valley Society are holding a joint walk to see bluebells, early purple orchids and springtime birds.


We will start at the car park on Redbourn Common and the walk will be about 4 miles.


We expect to return by 12.30. Wear stout shoes and bring binoculars if you have them.   

No need to book


Contact Roger on 01582 763560 if further details needed



Come and See the Butterflies! Sunday 22 July at 10am from Roundwood School Crossing

Join us for our annual butterfly walk of about 2 1/2 miles to see the butterflies on the Nickey Line. The Nickey Line is managed for wildlife, and over 16 different species in total have been seen on the on the last two walks, including a butterfly last year never previously recorded on the Nickey Line!

Meet at the Roundwood School Crossing, Harpendeen, and wear stout shoes. Bring a pair of near focussing binoculars if you have them

Roger 01582 763560, or email if more details needed




Why not come along to one of our working parties and help with the management of the Nickey Line?

If you are interested, contact us with your details and we shall email you with future work parties

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