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London Rivers Week – Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1

Thames 21 writes….

London Rivers Week

Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help? 

Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.

You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.

You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.

The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.

Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.

And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.

Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.

Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.

London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our fantastic range of activities and book your place at one today!

If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.

London Rivers Week is sponsored  by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.

 

 

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Enter the Lewisham Homes ‘Love Where You Live art competition’

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Maybe Ladywell Fields is your favourite space?

Lewisham Homes writes

We know that lots of our residents are artists, photographers and writers, so we want you to show off your skills by creating a tribute to your favourite green space in Lewisham.

Maybe you love Ladywell Fields or are mad about Mayow Park. Perhaps you prefer your own gorgeous garden.

Wherever your favourite green space is, share it with us by entering a tribute to it in our Love Where You Live art competition for your chance to win a family day out to London Zoo and see your art on display at our Garden Party at the Albany!

To enter:

Your entry can be a photo, a poem, a painting or a drawing.

You can enter by post or email. You must include your name, age, address and contact details, and tell us why it is your favourite green space.

Email Lewisham Homes with the subject title ‘Love where you live’.

Or send your entry by post to:

Communications team, FREEPOST
Lewisham Homes

(no stamp needed). Maximum size A3.

All submissions must be received by Sunday 15 July.

Throughout the competition we will be sharing your entries on social media with the hashtag #Lovewhereyoulive, so keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Winners will be announced at the Garden Party on Saturday 21 July, and all entries will be on display in a pop-up exhibition at the event, at the Albany in Deptford.


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Tile making session at Frendsbury Gardens – 11.30am-2pm

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Tile making at Frensbury Gardens ©Nadine Hibbert – Friends of Frendsbury Gardens

Join the artist and architect involved in the new building at Frendsbury Gardens this weekend and make your own tiles! No artistic skill of previous experience is necessary. The tiles will be used to cover the roof of the new building which has been designed and the build has just started!

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River Wade with Booking.com

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A team from Booking.com with rubbish found in the Quaggy

As part of the 3 Rivers Clean Up a team from Booking.com came to help clean the River Quaggy in Manor Park. By the end they had 10 bags of rubbish, an old typewriter and a chair. Luckily we didn’t find that much Himalayan balsam, but it is still quite early in the year, so another river wade will be due! If you would like to take part in an event, please check out the 3 Rivers Clean Up blog for dates that sessions will be running.

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Lewisham’s new Office!

A big thanks to the team from Booking.com and to all the volunteers that will be joining us over the next 3 weeks. Your help is invaluable and Lewisham’s rivers will be better for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park – Friday 1 June, 8.30pm-10pm

Bat on the wing

Bat on the wing

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for our annual bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park. Bat calls are largely undetectable to the human ear and so we will be using bat detectors to listen to the sounds of these wonderful mammals. Bats use sonar or echolocation to hunt for prey during the night, sending sound out into the world around them to create an aural picture of their surroundings. Each bat has a different call from which they can be identified.

Sydenham Wells Park is a remnant of the Great North Wood, an ancient landscape of woods and commons which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. There are lots of bats to be seen (and heard) at the Park including noctule, Leisler, common and soprano pipistrelles.

Previous walks at the Park have provided a large number of sightings of bats, but patience is required in the early stages.

If there is heavy rain or thunderstorms the walk will be postponed to a later date.

Date: Friday 1st June
Time: 8.30pm – 10pm

Meet:

Meet by the duck pond accessed via the Longton Avenue gate opposite Ormanton Road,
Sydenham Wells Park,
Sydenham,
Greater London,
SE26