About The Society
In 1983 Maple Lodge Conservation Society was granted a licence by Thames Water to develop and look after the nature reserve, in order to provide a safe habitat for wildlife and a pleasant and interesting place for people to visit. Since then the Society's volunteers have worked continuously to improve the reserve in accordance with a regularly updated Management Plan.
The Society depends on its volunteers. Without the time and effort put in by all our volunteers there would be no reserve. So any members wanting to volunteer are always welcome.
The Society is run by its trustees who form the Management Committee. The members of the Management Committee are elected annually by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting.
The current Management Committee is:
Chairman: Keith Pursall
Treasurer / Membership: Sue Walker
Conservation Officer: Martin Parr
Bird Recorder: Paul Lewis
Health & Safety Officer: Martin Smith
Education Officer: Chris Bessant
Committee Member: Colin Rowe
Committee Member: Jane Archer
Committee Member: Derek Bezuidenhout
Committee Member: Paul Ward
Minutes Secretary / Webmaster: Dave Simms
Non-Trustee: Peter Delaloye
The Management Committee are responsible for managing the reserve in accordance with the Society's Constitution and Management Plan.
Joining The Society
Membership of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in conservation and natural history.
Before joining the Society all prospective members must be given a guided tour of the reserve by a Committee Member or authorised guide. This can be arranged by contacting the Society.
After completing the tour the prospective member can join the Society by paying the annual subscription and completing the appropriate membership forms. This includes reading and agreeing to abide by the Rules of the Society.
Members are then provided with membership cards and informed of the key code to get into the reserve via the Clubhouse entrance. The code changes each year when membership is renewed.
Membership Subscription Rates
The current annual subscription rates are:
Concessions (student and/or in receipt of pension/disability/unemployment benefits):
Children under the age of 18 are admitted free with an adult member.
There is also a Young Naturalist subscription rate available for young persons aged 16 to 18 years old:
Members who join after 1st November pay half the rate.
Members who join after 1st March pay the full rate which includes membership for the following year i.e. 14 months for the price of 12 months.
You can read more details about membership by downloading our About Membership information sheet.