Nature Conservation Lewisham

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There I was digging a hole….

Bridgehouse Meadows

Bridgehouse Meadows is a small site tucked away near John Williams Close. It may not look like much but it does have lots of interesting flora and fauna on site.  The Nature’s Gym volunteers have work there a few times and for 2 session in April and May the set to work building a bug hotel and a hibernaculum. This wasn’t our first attempt at creating either a bug hotel or a hibernaculum, but it was certainly the deepest and biggest so far.

It took two sessions to get through the layers of rubble, clay and flint and goodness knows what else(!), but we eventually made our hole big enough (3ms long) and deep enough (about 900mm)! Once the hole was dug we filled it with bricks being careful to remember to add tubing to allow for the reptiles to escape and finally added branches on top.  It is always tempting to see if anything has moved in, but we know that we have to leave it well alone.

The other volunteers got to work creating the bug hotel from bits of brick, rubble and logs found on site, while others created a smaller hibernaculum on the other side of the site with cuttings that had been left on site.

Bug hotel

Bernard would be proud!


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Nature’s Gym at SHP

Measuring up the raised beds with Glendale

The Nature’s Gym volunteers spent two weeks at a homeless shelter run by SHP to help them ‘green up’ their garden and make it more wildlife friendly.  SHP were lucky enough to win some funding from the Blackheath Ward Assembly to help them buy the materials and plants for their project, but they asked if Nature’ Gym could help them with the planting, building and clearing.  We were happy to help and so got to work!

Anderson Shelter

One of the first things we did was to clear the ivy and other overgrown vegetation from the Anderson Shelter which is in the garden. One of our volunteers remembers using his when he was little!

We planted whips, built a bug hotel, put up and bird filter and with help from the guys at Glendale, built some raised beds.  It is hoped that some of the residents will look after the raised beds and learn how to grow and cook their own vegetables.

SHP kindly thanked us for our work with a pizza and we all ate it while watching Great tits using the bird feeder we had only put up an hour before!


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New Nature’s Gym Programme now available

Folkestone Gardens

The April-June 2017 Nature’s programme is now available.  There are plenty of exciting projects over the next few months, including the 3 Rivers Clean Up.  As always, booking is essential for these sessions. If you are new to Nature’s Gym, take a look through our FAQ and How to Get Involved pages for more information.  If there is anything that you are still unsure of, please feel free to email us any questions.


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Nature’s Gym location change 2nd March 2017

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Hi all, unfortunately, we have had to change the location for tomorrow’s (2 March 2017) Nature’s Gym.  Instead we shall be working at Lower Sydenham Station.  Hopefully, we can go back to Belmont Park and finish our work there another time.

Please look for Lower Sydenham Station on this document for details of how to get there.

See you tomorrow.


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Nature’s Gym workday in Hither Green Triangle

Friends & volunteers on the steps ay Hither Green Triangle

Friends & volunteers on the steps ay Hither Green Triangle

Towards the end of October, volunteers with Nature’s Gym and the Friends of Hither Green Triangle worked in the Nature reserve between platforms 4 and 5 of Hither Green Station. This is a little known about and hidden away site, but is full of lots of interesting wildlife.

Working on the bank

Working on the bank

The Friends and volunteers have been working on this site for a long time and a lot of great work has been achieved.  On this work day we worked with a local contractor to clear the bank near platform 5 so that commuters and other travellers can peep in to the site.  They also did another huge litter pick – one of the on going problems of the site.

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Nature’s Gym location change – 8th December

Dear all Nature’s Gym volunteers,

Please note that Judith and I have had to change the Nature’s Gym session on Thursday 8th December.  We will now be at Albion Millennium Green and will be working on the railway path and hopefully finishing the cutting back of the hedge that we started last time.

See you there!

Take it away Sam…..


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October-December 2016 Nature’s Gym programme now available

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Please find attached the Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2016.  There are a couple of site scheduled that we’ve not been to for ages which will therefore probably be new to a lot of you!  Due to the number of projects that we have been asked to carry out, there are quite a few different sites this time and so we’ve not been able to stick to the fewer sites idea that we have discussed. Even so, we hope that you will all find something to enjoy!

The last session of the year will be on Saturday 10th December, the exact location and event will be confirmed nearer the time.  We will return from the Christmas break on Thursday 12th January.