Bat, Moth and Owl Prowl, Sydenham Hill Wood, Friday 7 July, 9pm-11pm

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Guided bat walk in Sydenham Hill Wood

Meet at the Crescent Wood Road entrance.

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk of Sydenham Hill Wood to discover bats, moths and tawny owls. Using bat detectors, our site warden and volunteers will reveal a hidden, nocturnal world in urban south London.

Sydenham Hill Wood is part ancient woodland, one of the largest remaining fragments of the Great North Wood which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The following species have been recorded at the Wood: soprano pipistrelle, common pipisrelle, nathusius pipistrelle, brown long-eared, natterer’s, Leisler’s, noctule and serotine.

Tawny owls are known to breed in the Wood and the local area and can be heard calling in daylight hours as well as in the deep of night. Males call ‘twoo’ and females ‘ke-wick’.

We will have a moth trap in the main glade…

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New Nature’s Gym Programme, July-September 2017

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Baxter’s Fields

The new Nature’s Gym programme is now available!  There are a few new sites on there and a couple of favourites, so hopefully there is something for everyone. Please note that if you have not been before, have a read through our FAQ to see if this is the right project for you. Here you will also find out what you need to do to take part in one of our events. You can also have a look at the Nature’s Gym page where you will find a lot more information. If you still have questions about the project, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries open day 9 July 2017

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FOBLC poster

The Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (FoBLC) is this year celebrating the 10th anniversary of its formation.  Over the last few years FoBLC has held an Open Day within the cemetery to promote this beautiful, peaceful and historic Victorian landscape – leading tours of the cemetery, mounting an exhibition giving information on the history of the cemetery, its memorials, famous persons interred there, current and future conservation work, its flora and fauna. We also sell refreshments and publications. The aim is to enable visitors to gain an insight into the history of the cemetery, discover its beauty and its importance to the Brockley and Ladywell environs.

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Creekside Education Trust – looking for a new CET Coordinator

We are recruiting for a new CET Coordinator. After six years at Creekside Education Trust (and 11 years in the UK) I have come to the difficult decision to leave London and move back to South Africa to be closer to family. This means that I will be leaving this wonderful charity in early October 2017.

I personally want to thank you for your interest in and support of CET while I was the Coordinator. I feel very privileged and grateful for my time at Creekside.

We are now looking for the right person to lead the charity through an exciting time of further development, including the Centre expansion and diversifying of programmes.

Please help us in circulating this opportunity amongst potential candidates.

>> The Job Advert and Application Pack are available through this link and on our website.

Note: Application Deadline is on Monday 3rd July, 12pm midday.

Best wishes,
Bettina Kabutz, Coordinator

 

Upcoming Events with details in the email below:
Saturday 17th June Great Get Together: Float your Boats
Wednesday 21st June 3RCU: Habitat Work Day
Saturday 24th June Wildflower Training Course
Wednesday 19th July Wildflowers Pop-up
Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd July  A Curious Entomologist Training
Saturday 7th October Save the Date: CET’s 15th Birthday Celebration!

 

FREE EVENT: FLOAT YOUR BOAT
Saturday 17th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Creekside Discovery Centre

London residents are invited to ‘float their boats’ and join in a miniature boat flotilla on the River Ravensbourne at the Creekside Discovery Centre on Saturday 17th June.

The Great Get Together is a nationwide celebration of our diversity and what we have in common, in memory of Jo Cox.

Anyone is welcome to bring a boat, which can be homemade or a childhood toy – as long as it floats! There will also be a stall to help people build boats out of natural materials.

>> Float your boat further information.

 

 

FREE EVENT: 3RCU – Habitat Work Day
Wednesday 21st June, 10.30am – 1pm

As part of the 3RiversCleanUp Creekside Education Trust is also looking at habitats alongside and close to our local river. Join us for a habitat work day at Sue Godfrey Nature Park – a public open space that will receive more footfall over the upcoming years as Crossfield Open Space is closed for Tideway Tunnel works.

Meet at the Creekside Discovery Centre at 10.30am, where valuables can be stored and tools collected. We will walk over to the Nature Park together.

>> Habitat Work Day further information.

 

 

Wildflowers Training Course – £20pp
Saturday 24th June, 10am – 1pm

Learn about wildflowers of inner London on a special morning training course at the Discovery Centre. The focus will be on two particular families of wildflower, the mustard family and the daisy family. Your guide, Nick, will take you through how to identify wildflowers and the resources available.

You will get the chance to identify these yourself and the opportunity to explore the magnificent wildflower habitats around the Centre. The grounds of the Creekside Discovery Centre are managed for wildflower diversity and it supports over 250 species of inner London flowers.
Booking Essential.

 

>> Get Tickets Here

 

 

FREE EVENT: Wildflowers Pop-up
Wednesday 19th July, 6pm – 8pm

Our grounds support over 250 species of London’s wildflowers, making this a unique resource for its size in Inner London. This year we are hosting a series of Wildflowers Pop-ups to give people a chance to see more of the spectacular wildflowers at Creekside and each Pop-up will have a different theme and focus species.

>> Wildflowers Pop-up further information

 

 

A Curious Entomologist Training – £35pp
Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd July, 10am – 4.30pm

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied — fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world.

Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

For bookings and more information contact Nick.Pond@lewisham.gov.uk  020 314 2007

Event organised and hosted by LB Lewisham.

 

SAVE THE DATE: CET’s 15th Birthday Celebration
Sunday 7th October 2017

Join us to celebrate CET’s 15th Birthday! Please save this date in your diary – times of the party will follow. You will also have the opportunity to say good-bye to our current Coordinator, Bettina Kabutz and meet the new Coordinator (pending successful recruitment).

 

 

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The beautiful Mullein moth caterpillar Shargacucullia verbasci found at Mountsfield Park community garden

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The beautiful Mullein moth caterpillar Shargacucullia verbasci found by one of our volunteers last Sunday at Mountsfield Park community garden

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A Curious Entomologist Training – Create a Bug Collection – techniques for the study, collection and identification of insects at Devonshre Road Nature Reserve SE23

How to be a curious entomologist by Richard Jones – Saturday 22nd July at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve.

contact:  nick.pond@lewisham.gov.uk

Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied — fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world. But their small size means they can easily be overlooked or ignored. However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look.

Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.

  • 86% of participants of this course in 2016 evaluated it as excellent & 14% as good
  • 76% said it was excellent value for money and 24% said they would have happily paid more than £35 for the experience.
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Community Engagement Officer Post at Beckenham Place Park

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Media preview The squirrel at Beckenham Place Park

Be at the heart of transforming Beckenham Place Park

Could you be at the heart of transforming Beckenham Place Park?  A new job is going for a Community Engagement Officer.  More details can be found on the London Borough Lewisham website.

The role

The planned regeneration will physical transform the park, injecting much needed investment and providing a wealth of new facilities. The Community Engagement Officer’s role is to ensure the open space becomes a thriving hub for a wide range of activities, community events and volunteering opportunities.

This role is temporary until December 2021.

What they’re looking for

An enthusiastic individual who is passionate about getting communities outdoors, and can relate easily to people of all ages and from all walks of life. You will also need to be organised, adept at using social media, and able to manage small scale finances effectively.

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