Nature Conservation Lewisham

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3 Rivers Clean Up 2108

5 Natures Gym group

Ladywell Fields

 

The first 3 Rivers Clean Up planning session will be taking place later this week. We hope that by the end o it we will have confirmed the dates for this year’s festival. We hope that will be able to overlap with London Rivers Week. This will be the 10th year that we have been running this project so look our for some fun anniversary events and celebrations.

The 3RiversCleanUp is a three-week long intensive annual volunteer campaign to improve the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy in South East London.

Take your family, your friends or just yourself on an urban wilderness adventure this summer and discover the rivers and the nature they support.  Join others in removing harmful rubbish and invasive plant species so as to improve the habitats for both flowers and animals. Learn about nature, about the quality of water and why it’s important and also join in with other associated events such as wildlife habitat management, pond dipping and nature walks, most of which will be suitable for all ages. All events are FREE.

If you would like to get involved have a look at the events calendar over the coming months to find out details of event locations and contact details of the event organisers.  Events will start to be populated once dates have been finalised. If you would like a bespoke event for your company, please free to contact us and we will do our best to arrange something.

Events are free but some require pre-booking. If there is heavy rain an event may be cancelled at short notice due to the risk of flash flooding.  Please check with the event organiser if the weather is bad.

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Happy Christmas from the Nature’s Gym Team

2017 Happy Christmas 5

Happy Christmas from all the Nature’s Gym team. Thank you very much for all of your very hard work over the last year. We have achieved a lot and created many new habitats for the wildlife of Lewisham.

There is a lot to look forward to in 2018, including the rebranding of Nature’s Gym, watch this space…..!


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Nature’s Gym programme January – March 2018

Froggary on Blackheath

Froggary on Blackheath

 

Please see attached the Nature’s Gym programme for January – March 2018. Our first session back will be on Thursday 11th January at Ladywell Fields. A post Christmas wade!

You maybe interested to know that we’ve had over 600 volunteers attending over 50 sessions this year! This equates to over £18000 worth of worked carried out by you on a voluntary basis. That is an amazing achievement.

Thank you all for you help in 2017 and may 2018 be just as fun and full of brambles!


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Nature’s Gym programme October-December 2017 now available

Iona Close Orchard

The sparkly new Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2017 is now available. We have been to most of the sites before, but some of them, Hare & Billet pond for example, we’ve not been to for a few years. We do have one new site, Luxmore Gardens, where we will be going on Thursday 9th November (date TBC) to do some bulb planting. If you’ve not been to a Nature’s Gym session before, but would like to take part, please visit our Nature’s Gym and FAQ pages where you should find all the information that you need. If you have any more questions, please to email us.


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Nature’s Gym help out at Firhill Road Allotments

Firhill Road Allotments

For a couple of weeks the Nature’s Gym volunteers worked in Firhill Road Allotments. The plan was to clear an area at the front of the site to make a wildlife area and a place for allotment holders to have a seat and relax. The volunteers also cleared some of the planters with a view to potentially allowing a school group to do some food growing. Nothing it set in stone yet and there is still a lot of work to do, be we still spent a happy few hours digging and hoeing, cutting and clearing. It is very satisfying seeing the result of our work and then being able to sit down and enjoy a cuppa in the newly cleared seating area!


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New Nature’s Gym Programme, July-September 2017

Baxter’s Fields

The new Nature’s Gym programme is now available!  There are a few new sites on there and a couple of favourites, so hopefully there is something for everyone. Please note that if you have not been before, have a read through our FAQ to see if this is the right project for you. Here you will also find out what you need to do to take part in one of our events. You can also have a look at the Nature’s Gym page where you will find a lot more information. If you still have questions about the project, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.


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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!