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

Sydenham Arts Trail & Froglife comes to Dacres Wood Nature Reserve

dacres wood

Sydenham Arts Trail & Froglife

comes to Dacres Wood Nature Reserve

12th, 13th, 19th & 20th July Dacres Wood will be open for the Sydenham Arts Trail.

The weekend of the 12th & 13th July, 11-5pm artists Kay Bromley, Lilian Chow, Diana Mckinnon, Lisa Muten, & Jill Tse will be showing their work varying from paintings, textiles, prints and jewellery.

On the 19th July Froglife are coming to the reserve, 10-4pm. On this day there will lots of activities for all the family including pond dipping, making plaster cast frogs as well as talks and information on the amphibians and fauna of the pond.

We look forwrad to seeing you then.
Also if you are able to volunteer a few hours on any of these days to help with making teas or greeting visitors please contact us.

Dacre wood street AZ map

Correction: Rivers & People Guided Walk 20th July 2pm- Meet at corner of Bromley Road and Downham Way

BPP walk 20.07.14

‘Rivers and People walks explore urban nature in Lewisham by following our three rivers: the Ravensbourne, the Quaggy and the Pool. They are for anyone who would to see more of the natural world that lies all around us, even in the inner city. And for anyone who would like to experience the physical and mental health benefits of walking and contact with the ‘green world’. We will see birds, beasts, flowers, trees and get close to flowing rivers. The walks will last between 1-1.5 hours, are all on level ground and can be taken at a pace to suit all levels of physical ability. 
The walks are led by accredited volunteers. They are free and no booking is required. Just turn up at the start point. If you can, please print out the online leaflets that accompany each walk and that can be found: http://riversandpeople.com/walk-guides/



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