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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


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Winter tree walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, Sunday 28 January 2018

Sessile oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood

Sessile Oak Trees © D. Greenwood

A London Wildlife Trust guided walk at Sydenham Hill Wood identifying winter trees

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for a guided tour of Sydenham Hill Wood’s winter trees.

Sydenham Hill Wood is part of the Great North Wood, a network of woods and commons that once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. The Wood is part ancient and is recovering as a nature reserve after the damage done by Victorian development in the mid-late 1800s. Sessile oak and hornbeam are the Wood’s principle species that tell a story of London’s natural history but also it’s development as a city.

London’s woods fuelled its early development and today are cherished for their role in providing habitat for wildlife and peaceful refuge for visitors, whilst purifying the air, storing carbon and containing rainwater.

By learning to identify trees in winter you can gain ID skills that will help you to deepen your knowledge when they leaf again in spring.

Date and Time: Sunday 28 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Venue location:

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


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Great North Wood spoon carving workshop – Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Spoon Carving © London Wildlife Trust

Learn the ancient art of spoon-carving

Join London Wildlife Trust for a spoon-carving workshop in the Centre for Wildlife Gardening.

You can make your own spoon from wood harvested from the Great North Wood.

The workshop costs £20 per person. All tools will be provided, plus tea and coffee. Suitable for ages 14+. No experience necessary. Booking essential.

To book please purchase a ticket on Eventbrite.

Date and Time: Sunday 3 December, 11am-4pm

Venue Location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
East Dulwich,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE


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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood – Friday 24 November 2017

Horses removing fallen trees from Sydenham Hill Wood after the Great Storm of 87

Horse removing timber after storm of 1987 © The London Wildlife Trust

 

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Join London Wildlife Trust at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening for a talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood.

Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remaining remnants of the Great North Wood, a landscape of woods and commons which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst and has origins in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. The Wood has a fascinating cultural history, with a number of interesting individuals having lived nearby within the Great North Wood. These include John Ruskin, Lord Byron and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, made famous by The King’s Speech. The former lived in a house which was once a part of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Wood itself was saved from development in the 1980s resulting in a nature reserve loved and managed by members of the local community, the very people who saved it.

Today London Wildlife Trust volunteers rekindle ancient land management of coppicing, pollarding and dead hedging to aid the regeneration of the Wood’s flora and fauna.

This is a free talk.

Date and Time: Friday 24 November 2017, 7pm – 8.30pm

Location:

Centre for Wildlife Gardening
28 Marsden Road SE15 4EE,
Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
Peckham,
SE15 4EE


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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Friday 24 November 2017 – 7:00pm8:30pm

Horses removing fallen trees from Sydenham Hill Wood after the Great Storm of 87

Horses removing timber after the storm of 1997

 

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening

Join London Wildlife Trust at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening for a talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood.

Sydenham Hill Wood is one of the largest remaining remnants of the Great North Wood, a landscape of woods and commons which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst and has origins in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. The Wood has a fascinating cultural history, with a number of interesting individuals having lived nearby within the Great North Wood. These include John Ruskin, Lord Byron and the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, made famous by The King’s Speech. The former lived in a house which was once a part of Sydenham Hill Wood.

The Wood itself was saved from development in the 1980s resulting in a nature reserve loved and managed by members of the local community, the very people who saved it.

Today London Wildlife Trust volunteers rekindle ancient land management of coppicing, pollarding and dead hedging to aid the regeneration of the Wood’s flora and fauna.

This is a free talk.

Venue location

Centre for Wildlife Gardening
28 Marsden Road SE15 4EE,
Centre for Wildlife Gardening,
Peckham,
Greater London,
SE15 4EE

 

 

 

 


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New Cross Gate Cutting Open Day

Saturday 26th August 2017 – 1:00pm4:00pm

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

New Cross Gate Cutting is 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.

The reserve 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.

Venue location

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