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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.

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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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Nature’s Film Makers – Thursday 18th February, 11am-4pm (two days)

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Family Learning Badger

Two day family course leaning about wildlife through games and craft including photographs, prints and films.

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening is full of amazing creatures, big and small. Come and see what you can find in our different habitats! Through games and crafts you will learn more about how animals see the world and how to take photographs, prints and films. We will make photographic prints using just the sun, water and special paper and short films of natural creations.

At the end of the course you can take prints home.

This is a two-day course, participants should attend both days. Please book in advance by contacting Diana Wallace

Where: Centre for Wildlife Gardening, London, SE15 4EE
When: Thursday 18th February, 11am-4pm (two days)
Cost: This course is funded by Southwark Adult Learning Service, they require photographic ID and national insurance number for all adults in order for us to provide it for free to participants


Free Training With Thames21

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Find out how you can help your local river! © Thames21

If you love your waterways, want to learn more about them and help make them better, we can help!

Thames21 offers a range of FREE training sessions to anyone who is keen to get involved with activities in and around their local waterways. Check out these opportunities.

Leading a Waterway Clean UP

Imagine leading your own group of volunteers in a cleanup event to improve your stretch of river, canal or pond… You can! Our 2-day ‘LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP course will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own cleanup events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead events all across London.     

(You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)

Day 1 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Sunday 23 August – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 4 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 7 November  – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Day 2 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Saturday 5 September – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 10 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 15 November – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Click here to register

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Free Training with Thames21 Photo © Thames21

Thames River Watch

The Thames River Watch project aims to provide crucial information on the health of the tidal Thames by enabling citizens to undertake monitoring and data collection – from Teddington lock right out to Sheppey Island in Kent and Southend-on-Sea in Essex. We are looking for individual volunteers as well as people from community groups, schools and riverside businesses along the tidal Thames to join our citizen science volunteer team. As a Thames River Watch volunteer you will spend just a couple of hours each month to help us build a better picture of the health of the tidal Thames.

Interested in joining our team of citizen science volunteers? The first step is to come along to a free training session which will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to become a Thames River Watch citizen science volunteer.

THAMES RIVER WATCH Training Sessions for July-November 2015:
(All sessions are from 10am to 3pm)

West London
19th July – Water Quality Testing – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
25th July – Litter Monitoring – Dorset Wharf, Fulham

4th August – Invasive Non-Native Species – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
14th November – Water Quality Testing – Dorest Wharf, Fulham

Central London

6th August – Water Quality Testing – Walbrook Wharf, City of London
22nd September – Litter Monitoring – Walbrook Wharf, City of London

East London
24th August – Litter Monitoring – 2nd Floor Studio & Arts, Woolwich
2nd September – Litter Monitoring – RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet
10th October – Water Quality Testing – at Creekside Environment Centre, Deptford
17th October – Water Quality Testing – at Erith Yacht Club, Erith

Click here to register

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Spoken word theatre and story telling in Ladywell Fields

Spoken word theatre.  Thanks to @londonbubble_ed for the photo

Spoken word theatre. Thanks to @londonbubble_ed for the photo

As part of this years 3RiversCleanUp London Bubble will be providing some entertainment through spoken word theatre and story telling.  Following on from the successful event in Manor Park, they will again be taking you on an adventure through Ladywell Fields on 8 July 2015.

Join London Bubble for some river theatre

Join London Bubble for some river theatre

Hear about the Ladywell Naiad and other tales based on the species and creatures of Lewisham.  Why not take part by taking a ‘species selfie’ using the #riversandpeople and #whatlivesinlewisham and post them on Twitter or Instgram

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Dacres Wood Open day -Sat 28th March



Dacres Wood Nature Reserve

Saturday 28th March Dacres Wood will be having its first

Open Day for 2015. The Reserve will be open from 1-4pm

The Reserve will be open last Saturdays in the month

Mar-Oct 2015.

You can find us behind Homefield House on Dacres Road SE23 2NX.
Also there will also be an opportunity to visit the site this Sunday

too as part of a nature walk led by Tom Moulton,   –  It starts at

Forest Hill station, 2pm, and will pass through our reserve,

as well as the Albion Millennium Green, Mayow Park and Home Park.
We look forward to seeing you then.