Mayow Park Bat Walk

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Nature’s Gym Programme April-June 2018

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116 3 Rivers Clean Up in Manor Park 2017

Please find attached the new Nature’s Gym programme for April – June 2018. You will notice a couple of changes on this programme and more information about this will follow over the coming months.

You will also see that it that time of year when we get in to the river a lot to clear Himalayan balsam and litter. For those of you that have not been with us for very long or who have not been on a wade before, more information about the 3 Rivers Clean Up can be found on the website. You will also find other events taking place over the 3 weeks that you might be interested in.

Please note that all 3 Rivers Clean Up sessions require booking, even if you are a regular volunteer.

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Hedgehog Discovery Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 8 April

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Hedgehog Discovery Day ©London Wildlife Trust Hedgehog Discovery Day

Join the London Wildlife at Sydenham Hill Wood for fun, family friendly activities and learn all about hedgehogs.

Take home a clay hedgehog, tackle the footprint challenge, and see if you can make it to the end of our hedgehog survival game!

Learn more about our hedgehog project, and how you can discover if there are hedgehogs where you live.

Location: The big clearing along the Green Chain Walk/old railway path, Sydenham Hill Wood
Date: Sunday 8th April
Time: 11am-3pm

This is a free event as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Urban Urchins project.

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The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs – Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs
Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

There are lots of ways to help our hedgehogs (Photo:
Hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus, are a woodland edge species that also make use of hedgerows and suburban gardens. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report, from People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, says Britain has lost half its hedgehogs in less than two decades. The main causes are habitat loss and lack of landscape-scale connectivity.

Woodland edge and hedgerow destruction and poor management are major contributing factors in hedgehog decline, causing habitat loss and reducing macroinvertebrates available for food. The use of pesticides on farmland and garden plots can have detrimental impacts on hedgehogs and their food supply. In urban areas the use of impermeable fencing, loss of compost heaps and increasing development are other major issues.
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New “Parks For London” Report

Lewisham is one of the top scoring boroughs in the recent Parks For London publication. Take a look;

Good Parks For London 2017


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Free Events coming up at Forster Memorial Park

Free Events at Forster Memorial Park

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There’s lots happening at Forster park over the next few weeks, just in time for Spring and all the joy it brings. Come and get involved!

Tales of WildWood
A journey in to the history, folklore and ecology of English Woodlands
This Sunday  (25th February 2018) 11.00am – 12pm
Meet at the top Whitefoot Lane entrance.
• Free event
• All ages groups and abilities welcome
• Plan will be to keep to the main paths as much as possible

Weekly Walks
Taking place every Tuesday, meet at 10.30am at Goldsmiths Communtiy Centre on Castillion Road.
The walk is free and will take you to, and around Forster Park.
Call or text Sara on 07927 372 800 for more info.

Nature Trail
Join us on Saturday 10 March between 1 and 3pm for a free nature trail, with crafts and a storyteller.
Funded by Phoenix’s Community Links, it’s all free and fun for all…

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Orchard and Grape Vine Pruning Workshop Event at Mountsfield Park Community Garden with James Hazlerigg-Kinlay – 1pm, 18th February 2018


Orchard and Grape Vine Pruning Workshop Event at Mountsfield Park Community Garden with James Hazlerigg-Kinlay  Book here for Eventbrite tickets –
During this gardening skills training workshop local Forest School leader, garden designer and horticulturist James Hazlerigg-Kinlay will demonstrate pruning roses, fruit trees and grape vines. The pruning will be very much a hands-on demonstration outside on a number of roses, young fruit trees and vines in the community garden. Bring your secateurs (sharpened if possible) and you will tackle some pruning so that you can take home some new skills. Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be provided.

All profits will be used to pay for new fruit trees and replacement plants in the community garden.

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Volunteering sessions in Beckenham Place Park

Effect of strong sunlight on the floor of the wood

See this flyer to find out about regular volunteer opportunities in Beckenham Place Park

Regular volunteering flyer

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Have you seen a Hedgehog?

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2018_02_05 Hedgehogs

The London Wildlife Trust writes….

London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Urban Urchins’ started in August 2017 and is aiming to map the distribution of London’s hedgehog population. This is being achieved through the use of footprint tunnel and camera trap surveys across many of our own reserves, the creation of ‘detective kits’ for the public to use in their own gardens and by asking the public to send us their hedgehog sightings.

We are looking for more parks, nature reserves, allotments and other green spaces who would be willing to put up posters asking the public to record London’s hedgehogs for us. I’ve attached a PDF of the poster, should you wish to distribute any copies. If you could let me know the locations that the posters end up, that would be great.

If you are interested in running some hedgehog surveys in your area, we may be able to offer training…

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Deptford Tree Planting event


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