Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Hedgehog Discovery Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 8 April

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 Fourth Reserve

The Fourth Reserve write;


The Fourth Reserve


The Fourth Reserve is a Conservation Trust established in 2016 to safeguard the natural heritage of South East London’s New Cross to Forest Hill cutting. Started as a small Friends Group’ living in the vicinity of the railway corridor, the group is concerned about one section of railway corridor in Brockley threatened with development under the ownership of a property developer.

The scout hut, situated on Courtrai Road, is on a strip of land bordering the railway line, the ‘middle part’ of the New Cross to Forest Hill Cutting that runs between Courtrai Road and Dalrymple Road. The whole stretch is already recognised by planning policy for its wildlife significance, designated as a Metropolitan Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) in the Lewisham Local Plan dating back to the 1990s.

This woodland is home to a variety of protected species including bats and many mature trees; it is the oldest section along the green corridor, with winding paths through a dense cover of mature woodland, a living of the Great North Wood and the pre-urbanisation of Lewisham. In order to protect the wildlife and their habitats local group the Fourth Reserve Trust is actively campaigning to preserve the neighbourhood’s fragile nature corridor and get the cutting recognised for its ecological significance as a statutory Local Nature Reserve. This would be of great benefit to the neighbourhood, in particular local schools.

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This railway corridor is currently afforded a level of protection by planning policy. However, different parts of the corridor have different pressures making it vulnerable to deterioration and eventual loss with it’s SINC status not obligating management to maintain its biodiversity interest. Currently for example the Courtrai Road land which is depicted on maps as far back as the 1700s had building waste dumped on it in an apparent attempt to degrade the land only a few hours after receiving the designation of Asset of Community Value.

“The site itself has mature trees of species which are rarely found this near to central London and it is the best available in a wide area of surrounding suburbs“, noted David Dawson, Deputy Director of the London Ecology Unit in a 1990 report.

If you wish to donate to this campaign, volunteer or keep up to date with progress please e-mail The Fourth Reserve, follow us on twitter and visit our website.


Nature’s Gym changes due to frozen ground!

Winter Field © FreeImages St Mattox

Frozen Ground stops play

Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Nature’s Gym session at Deptford Park tomorrow. Tree’s (and volunteers who have to dig it) don’t like frozen ground very much and so we can’t plant them! Instead we will be going to Deptford Park on 8th March and Sydenham Wells Park on 15th March. The next few Thursdays will now look like this

Thursday 1st Match – No Nature’s Gym

Thursday 8th March – Deptford Park

Thursday 15th March – Sydenham Wells Park

Apologies for the short notice – stay warm!


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Free Events coming up at Forster Memorial Park

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Events at Forester Memorial Park

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 the family.
Don’t worry, we’ll send you a reminder about this one!

Enjoy the park everyone! How could you not?
See you soon.


Tales of Wildwood – Forster Memorial Park

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Have you seen a Hedgehog?

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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, support and equipment, so please get in touch. Hedgehogs can be surveyed from April-October. We can also offer to come and speak about hedgehogs with local interest groups.

You can find more information about the project, including the interactive sightings map, here.


River Pool events with Thames 21

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Thames 21 River Pool events