RaP Guided Walks September-October 2014

RaP walks Sept_Oct 2014

Dear All
Thank you for supporting these walks so far. The next Rivers and People Walks are as follows:
Saturday 6 September at 2.00pm Meet Ladywell Station Walk from Ladywell to Deptford Bridge
We will walk to Cornmill Gardens, a  pleasant green space that provides open access to the River Ravensbourne, then follow the river as it meanders through the delightful Brookmill Park. Please print out Walk Guides 5 and 6 from the Rivers and People website and see the attached photos.
Saturday 20 September at 2.00pm Meet outside Deptford Bridge DLR  Walk to Deptford Creek and the Thames
We will walk down Creekside to the Ha’penny Hatch bridge for fine views of Deptford Creek, stop off at the Sue Godfrey Nature Park where the Secret Garden Project are holding a ‘Bureau of Urban Wilds’ event, then follow the Creek to the mouth of the Thames where it begins and the Ravensbourne ends. Please print out Walk Guide 7 for this event.
Sunday 5 October at 2.00pm Meet outside Hither Green Station  Circular walk via Manor House Gardens and Manor Park
On this walk, we will follow one of Lewisham’s other noted rivers the Quaggy through the ‘manor’ of Lee to Manor House Gardens and Manor Park – both attractive green spaces through which the Quaggy flows. Please print out Walk Guide 8 for this event.
For those who came on last Sunday’s walk around Ladywell Fields, the white flower that we couldn’t identify in the South Field backwater was Sneezewort (see photo attached) – a flower thought to cause sneezing and first recorded in the 16th century in ‘the meadows of Kentish Town’. One of the children on the walk found a caterpillar. Unfortunately, the photos I took were too blurry for a positive ID, but it looked like the larvae of the Red Admiral
A reminder that if you look on the Rivers and People website  and click on Catchment Maps there are two interesting maps of the ‘Ravensbourne Valley’ river network. Other useful links:

Horniman: Urban mammal training -4th October

Urban mammal training

Follow the link for details of the Urban Mammals Training course with the Mammal Society – 4 October @ the Horniman Museum




RaP Walk Sunday 24th August

RaP walk 24th August

The next Rivers and People walk will take place on Sunday 24 August at 2.00 pm. The walk goes from Catford Bridge station to Ladywell Station via Ladywell Fields and will look at the naturalised sections of the Ravensbourne river and other aspects of this green space, once part of the Kent countryside.
We will meet just outside the station on Adenmore Road. This can be accessed either by the Platform 1 exit or down the steps from Catford Road.
The walk should last approx 1.5 hours and is almost entirely on level ground.
If you can, please go to http://riversandpeople.com/walk-guides/ and print out Walk Guides 3 and 4 which relate to this walk. You may also want to look at the maps of the river network which can be found there at the Catchment Maps tab.
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A photo from our last walk along the River Pool- Tom Moulton

Sydenham Hill Wood Open Day


Sydenham hill wood open day 14th Sept

River & People Guided Walk Sunday 3rd August 2pm

RaP walk 03.08.14


Lewisham Bird Report April-June 2014

Chaffinch singing Catford bridge P1040531Chaffinch signing at Catford Bridge                                                       [Tom Moulton]

Grey Wagtail at cornmill GardensGrey wagtail at Cornmill Gardens                                                       [Tom Moulton]

Lewisham Birds Report: April-June 2014

This is the first of a series of quarterly bird reports focusing on bird life in the borough. Most of the information comes from our network of bird champions in Lewisham’s parks and green spaces, but if you see or hear any interesting birds or bird behaviour in Lewisham or directly adjoining areas, please let us know at.


  • Kingfisher sightings rare during much of the quarter (eg. none seen at Brookmill Park between 12 April – 15 June). Presumably bred elsewhere but began to return mid-June. Tomos Brangwyn’s amazing Kingfisher photos (mostly taken along Lewisham’s rivers) can be seen:


  • Sand Martins began nesting on Thames riverfront adjacent to Convoys Wharf, Deptford, late June
  • Main migrant warblers Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps arrived March/April and have settled into most sites observed, plus lesser numbers of Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, while the Swifts returned in early May
  • Dunnocks have been very vocal in parks and gardens this spring/summer in addition to the usual trio of Blackbird, Robin and Wren
  • Dawn chorus walks held 2 April (Hilly Fields/Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries) and 17 April (River Pool Linear Park)

Site Highlights

Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries

  • Green Woodpecker seen and heard during 2 April dawn chorus walk
  • Treecreeper seen 3 May for first time in over a year
  • Song Thrush singing regularly

Brookmill Park

  • Common Sandpiper seen 28 April
  • Hobby seen 14 June
  • Little Egrets seen 24 May and 28 June
  • Sparrowhawk seen 19 and 24 June
  • Also seen: Mandarin Duck, Jackdaw and Willow Warbler

Cornmill Gardens

  • Grey Wagtails seen regularly here, presumably breeding locally

Deptford Creek

  • Resident pair of Swans produced 8 cygnets in May. Sadly, 5 have been lost and 3 taken into care of a swan sanctuary
  • Sand Martins seen early June, but not nesting there

Hilly Fields

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker nested in tree near the cafe, clamour of chicks audible to all passers-by.

Ladywell Fields

  • Moorhen family with 2 new chicks and juvenile from earlier brood
  • At least 1 Song Thrush singing in the central field, possibly 2

River Pool

  • Whitethroat seen during 17 April dawn chorus walk

Other Sightings

  • Peregrine ‘loitering with intent’ over back garden, Brockley Grove, Crofton Park (30 April); Sparrowhawk hunting over Blackheath (1 June); Marsh Harrier passing over Blackheath (12 June); 2 Egyptian Geese ‘causing traffic jam as they walked across the road’, Blackheath (10 May); Wheatear and Whinchat seen at Blackheath (5 May).


  • And just outside borough boundaries: Cuckoo heard Sydenham Hill Wood (1 May) and Blackheath Dips (6 May)

Song Thrush Project

We are trying to compile a list of Song Thrush territories in Lewisham. If you can add to the following list, please let us know

  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries,
  • Brookmill Park,
  • Eliot Pits, Blackheath,
  • Ladywell Fields,
  • River Pool Linear Park,
  • Wearside

Tom Moulton (with thanks to Conrad Ellam, Sue Gore, Daniel Greenwood, Phil Laurie, James Lowen and the London Bird Club Wiki).

July 2014

Lewisham Bird Report (April-June 2014)

Lewisham Bird Report AprJune14-2

Red Kite over Carholme Road SE23

1st June 2014

Red kite 01.06.14 Carholme Road se23


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