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Bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park – Friday 1 June, 8.30pm-10pm

Bat on the wing

Bat on the wing

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for our annual bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park. Bat calls are largely undetectable to the human ear and so we will be using bat detectors to listen to the sounds of these wonderful mammals. Bats use sonar or echolocation to hunt for prey during the night, sending sound out into the world around them to create an aural picture of their surroundings. Each bat has a different call from which they can be identified.

Sydenham Wells Park is a remnant of the Great North Wood, an ancient landscape of woods and commons which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. There are lots of bats to be seen (and heard) at the Park including noctule, Leisler, common and soprano pipistrelles.

Previous walks at the Park have provided a large number of sightings of bats, but patience is required in the early stages.

If there is heavy rain or thunderstorms the walk will be postponed to a later date.

Date: Friday 1st June
Time: 8.30pm – 10pm

Meet:

Meet by the duck pond accessed via the Longton Avenue gate opposite Ormanton Road,
Sydenham Wells Park,
Sydenham,
Greater London,
SE26

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Evening Bird Walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Wednesday 16 May

Tawny owl

Tawny Owl

Join the London Wildlife Trust’s Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer Daniel Greenwood for a guided bird walk. We will be listening to and observing the array of bird species present at the Wood.

June is the height of the bird breeding season, meaning that birds will be most active before the late summer when many species begin to moult after a tiring few months of raising young and defending territories.

We are likely to see the staple woodland species of wren, robin, blackbird, woodpigeon, and to hear migrant blackcap and chiffchaff, as well as nuthatch and stock dove. There is always an outside chance of kestrel, sparrowhawk and our resident tawny owl.

Please wear suitable footwear for a woodland with rugged paths, steps and gentle inclines. If there is prolonged heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds the walk will be cancelled.

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

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

Date: Wednesday 16 May
Time: 7pm-9pm

Meet:

Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate by the London Wildlife Trust noticeboard,
Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk,
Southwark,
Greater London,
SE26 6LS


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Spring walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Thursday 26 April, 2pm-4pm

Lesser celandines flowering in Sydenham Hill Wood

Lesser celandines flowering in Sydenham Hill Wood

Guided walk in Sydenham Hill Wood to find spring wildlife

Celebrate the coming of spring in London’s ancient woodlands

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to spot the violets, bluebells, primroses and buttercups that mark a special time in Sydenham Hill Wood. Sydenham Hill Wood is home to plants, animals and fungi that show it has been covered by trees since the 1600s, with some parts linking back to the prehistoric wildwood

We will also keep an eye out for spring birds, butterflies and the trees coming into leaf

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards London Wildlife Trust’s work is recommended

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

Meeting Point:
Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,
Dulwich,
London


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Dawn chorus walk in Sydenham Hill Wood – Saturday 21 April 2018

Wren perched on branch singing at dawn

Wren perched on branch singing at dawn

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an early morning bird walk in the woods. They’ll be looking and listening out for the many species of birds that use the woods at this time of year.

The dawn chorus is one of the most important dates in nature’s calendar. Sydenham Hill Wood is a part ancient and secondary woodland with a diverse strcuture of habitats. This means the Wood is rich in biodiversity and is especially good for its bird species.

Recent dawn chorus walks have led to encounters with kestrel, song thrush, green woodpecker, nuthatch and hunting tawny owl. Though there is much to see at this time in the morning, the main purpose of the walk will be to tune into the aural ambience of this very special landscape.

Meeting point is inside the southern entrance to Sydenham Hill Wood on Crescent Wood Road.
Time: 4:45am7:00am

There is no need to book and the walk is free; but if you would like to make a contribution to London Wildlife Trust your donations are most welcome.


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Hedgehog Discovery Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 8 April

Hedgehog Discovery Day ©London Wildlife Trust

Hedgehog Discovery Day

Join the London Wildlife at Sydenham Hill Wood for fun, family friendly activities and learn all about hedgehogs.

Take home a clay hedgehog, tackle the footprint challenge, and see if you can make it to the end of our hedgehog survival game!

Learn more about our hedgehog project, and how you can discover if there are hedgehogs where you live.

Location: The big clearing along the Green Chain Walk/old railway path, Sydenham Hill Wood
Date: Sunday 8th April
Time: 11am-3pm

This is a free event as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Urban Urchins project.


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Have you seen a Hedgehog?

2018_02_05 Hedgehogs

The London Wildlife Trust writes….

London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Urban Urchins’ started in August 2017 and is aiming to map the distribution of London’s hedgehog population. This is being achieved through the use of footprint tunnel and camera trap surveys across many of our own reserves, the creation of ‘detective kits’ for the public to use in their own gardens and by asking the public to send us their hedgehog sightings.

We are looking for more parks, nature reserves, allotments and other green spaces who would be willing to put up posters asking the public to record London’s hedgehogs for us. I’ve attached a PDF of the poster, should you wish to distribute any copies. If you could let me know the locations that the posters end up, that would be great.

If you are interested in running some hedgehog surveys in your area, we may be able to offer training, support and equipment, so please get in touch. Hedgehogs can be surveyed from April-October. We can also offer to come and speak about hedgehogs with local interest groups.

You can find more information about the project, including the interactive sightings map, here.


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Winter bird walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, Sunday 11 February 2018

Firecrest at Sydenham Hill Wood

Firecrest at Sydenham Hill Wood © Gavin Horsley

 

Guided walk in Sydenham Hill Wood to find winter birds

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to discover the range of birds present in Sydenham Hill Wood.

Winter sees the return of the iconic firecrest, redwing, fieldfare, siskin and an influx of robin, goldfinch and chaffinch. It’s also a great time to see birds because the trees are bare.

Sydenham Hill Wood supports a stunning array of breeding birds in the summer months, but winter is the best time to look for harder to spot birds like the nuthatch, tree creeper, and to spot flocks of redwing

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

Date and Time: Sunday 11 February 2018, 8am-9.30am

Location:

Inside the Crescent Wood Road gate,
Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk,
Dulwich,
London