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Butterfly Walk, Sydenham Hill Woods – Sunday 23 July, 2pm-4pm

Comma butterfly on bindweed

Comma butterfly © Daniel Greenwood

 

A guided butterfly walk in Sydenham Hill Wood

Please note booking is essential for this event

Join the London Wildlife Trust’s Sydenham Hill Wood volunteer Emma Pooley for a guided walk looking at the range of butterflies that can be found in an urban woodland.

Sydenham Hill Wood is a mixture of ancient and secondary woodland with large, sunny glades where butterflies bask, feed and breed in the spring and summer months. We are likely to encounter speckled wood, comma, peacock, red admiral, skippers and whites. This walk is also an opportunity to raise awareness of bees, moths, dragonflies and all the other invertebrates which play such a vital role in the ecosystems we depend on for a healthy environment.

The weather is key in the success of this walk. If there is prolonged rain, thunderstorms or high winds the walk will be postponed to a later date.

Please bring clothing suitable for the conditions (sun hat, sun cream and water if needed) as well as footwear suitable for uneven paths and gentle inclines.

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards our work is recommended

If you love Sydenham Hill Wood please help us protect it in the long term by becoming a London Wildlife Trust member

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July-September 2016 Nature’s Gym programme

Summer is here - time for a bit of Nature's Gym

Summer is here – time for a bit of Nature’s Gym

Please see attached the new Nature’s Gym programme. There are a couple of sites on there that we’ve not been to for a while alongside some old favourites.  Please note that Nature’s Gym is not running on 7th or 14th July. Our first session of the new programme will be on 21st July.  The following week we will be at Pepys Park for a wildflower/butterfly survey.  At this event you will also have the chance to meet with Nick Pond from London Borough lf Lewisham and hopefully a representative of Glendale.  This will be your chance to give feedback on any issues/concerns that you may have.  We will be emailing you a summary of the Feedback Forms you filled out a couple of weeks beforehand so that you will have chance to see what has already been said and our answers to your comments.  Please note that all comments have remained confidential.

 


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Nature’s Gym location change

© FreeImages.com/fcl1971

© FreeImages.com/fcl1971

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change the location of this Thursday’s Nature’s Gym. We will now be at Garthorne Road nature reserve creating more woodland scallops.

We are creating these because, open space is the most important part of a woodland for butterflies, especially its edge habitat where the warmest conditions are found.  Cutting scallops creates a varied, zoned edge structure. Scallops also reduce shading along the adjacent ride and have great potential to improve any existing ride side butterfly habitat. They will increase the overall structural diversity of the woodland and provide sheltered herb-rich grassy areas (Butterfly Conservation Trust.).