Lewisham nature walk Sunday 30th August

Meadows & Woods



The next walk is this Sunday 30 August, meet outside Grove Park station at 2pm. This is a circular walk about 3 miles in length and lasting 2/2.5 hours. There is an upward slope at one stage, otherwise the ground is reasonably level. Paths may be slightly muddy so please wear appropriate footwear. We will start by following the course of the Quaggy stream as it flows through Chinbrook Meadows and look at some of the trees and flowers.

We’ll then follow the railway path to Elmstead Wood which is partly ancient woodland and dates back at least to the 14th century. As its name indicates, the wood was known for its elm trees until the advent of Dutch Elm disease in the last century. Oak is now one of the predominant trees along with hornbeam, sweet chestnut, silver birch, hawthorn and others. The wood is also home to some remarkable carvings by the ‘chainsaw sculptor’ Will Lee and some murals by local schoolchildren.


After a good stroll around the wood, we’ll return to Chinbrook Meadows for an optional stop at the cafe and then back to Grove Park for buses or trains.

Bellenden Road Nature Garden Open Day – Sunday 06 September 2015 11am – 3pm

Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Bellenden Road Nature Garden

Bellenden Road Nature Garden open day. Go wild about Peckham’s plants.

Come and explore this little urban oasis and join in with lots of plant themed activities.

The London Wildlife Trust will be celebrating our native wild plants and will have Peckham provenance seeds for sale, plant games and chances to look for the wildlife living amongst the undergrowth. There will also be refreshments on offer.

We have been busily working away over the last year thanks to funding from Grow Wild to improve the garden and have lots of plans for the future too thanks to the Peter Minet Trust. Find out all about ‘Peckham’s Wild Patch’ and go ‘Wild about Peckham’.

Do come and join us on this special day!

Venue Location

Bellenden Road Nature Garden,
Greater London,
SE15 5BQ

Contact Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728

Bat Events at the Horniman Museum

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Family Bat Walk – Friday, 21 August 2015 7pm – 9pm

A late night event focussing on our only flying mammal – the bat. Join our resident bat expert Rhianna Dix for a family friendly bat walk using real bat detectors to find bats in the Horniman Gardens. See a bat skeleton up close and learn how to identify different types of bat. Bat costumes encouraged!

Booking information

Adults £5 each
Children £3 each.

Places are limited. To book please call 020 8291 8686 or 020 8291 8690

Please note that this event is for families with children aged 7 +. 

Please note: There is an additional bat walk for adult audiences happening on Friday 28th August.

This event will be cancelled in the event of very bad weather.

Adult Bat Walk – Friday, 28 August 2015, 7pm-9pm

A late night event focussing on our only flying mammal – the bat. Our Horniman bat expert, Rhianna Dix, will give a short introduction to bats. This will be followed by a bat survey using real bat detectors to find out what species might be living in and around the Horniman Gardens.

This event is part of International Bat Night organised by EUROBATS to celebrate and encourage the conservation of bat species across the world.

Please note that this event is for adults only. If families are interested they should book on to the Family Bat Walk on Friday 21st August

This event will be cancelled in the event of very bad weather.

Booking information

Places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person.  Book online or call 020 8690 for information.

Urban Mammal training course -3rd October 2015


This one day course is an introduction to urban mammals and considers the mammal species which can be observed in our urban environments, their importance and the unique challenges they face. This course is carried out in partnership with Horniman Museum in South London and as such you will have an opportunity to view the Horniman mammal collection and to gain an idea of the importance of reference collections. You will also be introduced to a range of techniques used to monitor urban mammals (including traditional trapping methods, footprint tunnels, camera traps and DNA analysis), and finally explores human impacts that threaten urban mammal populations and how these can be ameliorated.

We suggest you bring your own lunch, although there is a cafeteria on site.

Places can be booked using


Wild about Gardens Week (WAGW)

Help our hedgehogs! Gardeners encouraged to unite to save the nation’s hedgehogs

 Hedgehog Street

Wild About Gardens Week:

Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2015

Wild About Gardens Week, the annual celebration of garden wildlife hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, is teaming up with Hedgehog Street this year to highlight how gardeners can help our hedgehogs. This much-loved creature is declining in Britain as fast as the tiger.

European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

Hedgehogs are in trouble – they have declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. To help encourage people right across Britain to think about how hedgehog friendly their gardens, schools and community spaces are, this year’s Wild About Gardens Week will form a week-long call to action and a celebration of the humble hedgehog, packed with events, competitions and opportunities to get stuck in.

For more information about how to help hedgehogs please see notes below or our new ‘Get creative for hedgehogs this autumn’ booklet – now on the website.

Hedgehog facts and figures:

  • Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% since 2002
  • Today there are estimated to be fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. The main drivers are thought to be: declining hedgerow quality; the over-management of parks and green space; loss of gardens to paving/decking; reduced insect prey from chemical use in gardens and on farmland; loss of grazing land; the fragmentation of land by roads, fencing and increasing density of native predators.
  • Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2 kilometres per night over home ranges between 10-30 hectares in size.
Create a home for hedgehogs

Create a home for hedgehogs

Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 15 August 2015 – 12pm – 4pm

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods (Daniel Greenwood)

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods (Daniel Greenwood)

A walk of 4 green miles through the remnants of the Great North Wood

This is the annual Great North Wood walk in partnership with London Wildlife Trust, the Friends of One Tree Hill, The Horniman Gardens and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk will begin at One Tree Hill, passing over the hill down to Brenchley Gardens, Horniman Nature Trail, Cox’s Walk, Sydenham Hill Wood, Dulwich Wood, Dulwich Upper Wood and finally to Crystal Palace Park.

The Great North Wood is an ancient landscape of woods and commons which has remnants in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Though London has been much developed and altered by human industry and settlement, large tracts of the Great North Wood’s ancient woodland still remains, namely in Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods.

This is a walk of approximately four miles, taking around 2-3 hours. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Venue Location

Meet at the Friends of One Tree Hill notice board next to the temple, near to the junction of Hengrave Road and Honor Oak Park,

One Tree Hill,
Greater London,

Contact Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728