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Volunteering and photography at Dacres Wood

Old Camera © freeimages.com/Jean Scheijen

The Friends of Dacres Wood are planning a volunteering session Jan 31st in the morning, and in the afternoon, from 2.30, they will going to be going round with a camera just looking and recording what they see growing, or rotting as the case may be – just as interested in fungi!  They would be very pleased if others could join them, with cameras, so that there are more than one pair of eyes. 

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New volunteering sessions at Dacres Wood

The Friends of Dacres Wood are looking for volunteers

The Friends of Dacres Wood are looking for volunteers

The Friends of Dacres Wood will be starting a monthly volunteer session on site.  These will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from 10.30am. The Friends say;

“We’re starting this low key, building up a group of volunteers to do conservation work at Dacres Wood on the last Tuesdays of each month, starting at 10.30.  There’ll be at least three of us there tomorrow, mainly pulling more reeds out of the pond, which is essential to keeping it fully frog, toad and newt friendly.”


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How to be a curious entomologist

Insects are everywhere.  They are so many, and so varied – fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world.  But their small size means that they can easily be overlooked or ignored.  However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look.  Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

Richard Jones (2)

In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.

To book, please email Nick Pond or call him on 020 8314 2007.

 

 

 


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Dacres Wood Open Day – 30 April, 1pm-4pm

Old oak tree ©FreeImages.com Julie Brummett

Old oak tree ©FreeImages.com/Julie Brummett

The Friends of Dacres Wood have there April open day coming up this Saturday – 1.00 pm to 4.00, so everyone is welcome to have a look round. The reserve is looking very spring like, but the paths are still flooded. We can lend wellies, and in kids sizes too.
 
They are also planning a tree identification and measuring activity which will help them get a proper map of their trees for the first time, and an idea of how old some of them are.
sketchmap regions

Dacres Wood tree map

They’ve roughly divided the reserve up into 12 regions (see map above) and made a list of which of the total 17 species in the woods that we’ve spotted in each of them. They’ve also noted where the really huge trees are which will need two people to get a tape measure or just some string round them.
 
They are  still working on details, but we hope our visitors will come away with bark rubbings and leaf prints where feasible (some of the trees are surrounded by water!), and they get the girths of their trees measured, from which we they start working out how old they are. If you leave contact details, they will get back to you with the results, and where your trees are on this map!


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Saturday 26 March 1pm-4pm Dacres Wood Open Day

silhouette of a frog ©Rones

Silhouette of a frog ©Rones

 

The Friends of Dacres Wood write

 

This Saturday, from 1.00 to 4.00, is our first “last Saturday of the month” Open Day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve.

As well as just having a look round this rather special local space, we hope visitors will take the opportunity to meet members of our committee who will be around, and learn more about what we do.  In particular, we’re hoping to see artists from Sydenham and other local festivals thinking about using the reserve as a place to show their work.

We will also be laying on some activities.  New Friends committee member, and local Mum, Dani is planning a frogspawn themed egg hunt and an activity in the courtyard too for both kids and adults

They will also be doing some conservation work – marking, maybe digging up invasive species such as cherry laurel, and getting a wheel barrow to move some rubbish dumped over a back fence – so volunteers to help with this welcome.
The paths round the pond are still flooded, and other paths are a bit muddy, so practical footwear please – although we do have eight pairs of adult wellies, and three for kids we can lend!


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Bird Walk at Dacres Wood – 13 March 2016, 7.30am

You are invited to a Bird Walk on Sunday 13th March 7.30am led by our local bird enthusiast Paul who will help us spot the birds in this active time of year in both Dacres Wood and Mayow Park. There are a number of species in both locations and in the reserve we hope you’ll see a green woodpecker, sparrow hawk and stock dove and the mallards or moorhen on the pond.