Nature Conservation Lewisham

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New Cross Gate Cutting Open Day – Saturday 28 January, 1pm-4pm

Open Day at New Cross Gate Cutting

Come and explore this beautiful nature reserve which is usually closed to the public.

A secluded area of woodland with small grassy glades, set on the broad slopes of a deep railway cutting, which supports 170 species of flowering plants.  Brockley’s New Cross Gate Cutting is predominantly oak woodland with open glades of neutral and acid grassland in which reeds and tall herbs grow. Some flowers are locally rare, and the site contributes to one of London’s most important railway cuttings for wildlife, stretching southwards to Forest Hill.

The cutting was dug in 1838-39 and still bears the legacy of once being part of the old Great North Wood, and at times the route of the Croydon Canal, brickworks, and wartime allotments.

The site, also known as Brockley Nature Reserve, contributes to one of the most important railway cuttings for wildlife in London.

Location

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR


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New Cross Gate Cutting Workdays

New Cross Gate Cutting -

Volunteer with LWT

The London Wildlife Trust will be running a couple of practical volunteers sessions at their Vesta Road site.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact, Sam Bentley-Toon to book your place.

Dates:

Saturday 21st January 11am-3.30pm
Saturday 18th February 11am-3.30pm

Location:

New Cross Gate Cutting,
Vesta Road Entrance,
London,
SE4 2NR

 


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Winter Tree Walk at Crystal Palace Park – Saturday 19 November, 11am-12.30pm

Winter tree walk with London Wildlife Trust

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to explore the fascinating world of trees.

Discover the history of Crystal Palace Park as a part of the once vast Great North Wood and learn how to identify trees in winter by looking at their buds, twigs, bark and other characteristics.

We will be meeting outside Crystal Palace Rail Station. This event is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.


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Winter Bird Walk at Crystal Palace Park – Thursday 10 November, 8am-9.30am

Firecrest, M.D. Parr 2012

Firecrest

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to explore the miraculous world of birds

Discover the history of Crystal Palace Park as a part of the once vast Great North Wood and learn how to identify some of the myriad bird species which inhabit it.

We will be meeting outside Crystal Palace Rail Station. This event is offered free as part of the Great North Wood project and there is no need to book.


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Learn the ancient art of spoon carving! -September 10 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to try spoon-carving then now’s your chance! The London Wildlife Trust will be running a workshop in Beaulieu Heights on Saturday 10 September.  It is £20 per person and places are limited, so please book early to avoid missing out.

Spoon making

Spoon carving

 

 


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Bat Walk with London Wildlife Trust in Crystal Palace Park

Join London Wildlife Trust and learn to identify bats from their ultrasonic calls using bat detectors.

This event is free and open to everyone and there is no need to book.

Contact Sam for more information

2016_09_01 CPP bat walk


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Family Fun Day – Crystal Palace Park with London Wildlife Trust

It may not be Lewisham, but we thought this event might interest some of our readers!

Join the London Wildlife Trust for pond dipping and hapa zome – the Japanese art of leaf printing.

This event is free and open to everyone as part of the Trust’s Great North Wood project. No need to book.

Contact Sam for more information.

2016 Family fun day