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Wild about Gardens Week (WAGW)

Help our hedgehogs! Gardeners encouraged to unite to save the nation’s hedgehogs

 Hedgehog Street

Wild About Gardens Week:

Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2015

Wild About Gardens Week, the annual celebration of garden wildlife hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, is teaming up with Hedgehog Street this year to highlight how gardeners can help our hedgehogs. This much-loved creature is declining in Britain as fast as the tiger.

Hedgehogs are in trouble – they have declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. To help encourage people right across Britain to think about how hedgehog friendly their gardens, schools and community spaces are, this year’s Wild About Gardens Week will form a week-long call to action and a celebration of the humble hedgehog, packed with events, competitions and opportunities to get stuck in.

For more information about how to help hedgehogs please see notes below or our new ‘Get creative for hedgehogs this autumn’ booklet – now on the website.

Hedgehog facts and figures:

  • Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% since 2002
  • Today there are estimated to be fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. The main drivers are thought to be: declining hedgerow quality; the over-management of parks and green space; loss of gardens to paving/decking; reduced insect prey from chemical use in gardens and on farmland; loss of grazing land; the fragmentation of land by roads, fencing and increasing density of native predators.
  • Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2 kilometres per night over home ranges between 10-30 hectares in size.
Create a home for hedgehogs

Create a home for hedgehogs


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Devonshire Road Open Day – Sunday 19 July 2015

Fun times in Devonshire Road

Fun times in Devonshire Road

Find Us – We are 10 minutes walk from both Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill Stations. And only a 20 minute walk from the fabulous Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Contact Us –

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Wildlife walk – Sunday 14 June -2pm

Wildlife walk – Sunday 14 June


Meet outside Sydenham station (on the Station Approach side) at 2pm. The guided walk will go through Sydenham Wells Park and then go on to explore the Hillcrest Estate Woodland and the Dulwich and Sydenham Hill woods. We’ll see a lake and a nature reserve, both ends of a disused rail tunnel, birds, beasts and flowers and some beautiful woodland – parts of which are remnants of the Great North Wood which once covered much of the area.

The walk will last approx 2.5 hours, covers approx 3 miles and contains quite a few ups and downs. In other words, it will be great exercise! Hope to see you there…

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Volunteers & Supporters Needed

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

dev rd shelter

Volunteers building a Green-Oak shelter at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve

The winter and early spring is a busy time for maintenance and preparation at the Reserve; it’s the time where we can assess and improve the site before the summer growth and our busy time for visitors. This year we’ve been doing tree and brushwood removal around the edges of our meadows and improving the paths. We have a steady band of volunteers but we’re always looking for more. Tasks can be as light or as heavy as you fancy, from pruning shrubs to felling trees.

Plans are afoot for events this spring and summer, culminating in the Festival in the Forest on 5th July; the festival is in its 4th year now and goes from strength to strength with nearly 500 visitors last year watching the musicians and bands on two stages and enjoying the food and drink on offer in the beautiful surroundings of the reserve. There are also regular ‘Muddy Boots’ sessions for pre-school children and watercolour classes every week. The reserve is always open on the last Sunday afternoon in the month, but other events can be found at our website;

The Friends of Devonshire Road Nature Reserve (FDRNR) have been running the site for 15 years now and made huge improvements over those years; the current committee of 7 volunteers are really committed to the reserve and we’ve been awarded the Green Pennant year after year, but we are in desperate need of someone to help run our website and publicity; if your skill is with a computer rather than a bow-saw or a spade, please contact us or come to our AGM on Sunday 22nd March and meet the crew; we’d love to have you on board.

170 Devonshire Road, SE23 3SZ

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Horniman Museum-Big Garden Birdwatch


The Big Garden Birdwatch