Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Come on an Outfall Safari and help us raise awareness about river pollution!

Outfall Safari

Following the successful first year running the Riverfly monitoring scheme on the Ravensbourne Catchment, we’re offering you another opportunity to help identify pollution hotspots and raise public awareness around drainage misconnections that can harm our rivers.

The waterways of the Ravensbourne, Quaggy and Pool join the Thames at Deptford and like all London’s rivers, they can be polluted by chemicals from detergents and by sewage, due to misconnected plumbing.  Pipes that lead into surface water drains, rather than into sewers, bring these pollutants into our rivers.

While Thames Water and the Environment Agency monitor the river catchment and respond to pollution incidents, it is very hard to create a detailed map of all the troublesome outfalls that have, so far, remained under the radar. An Outfall Safari is the answer. 

Designed to be undertaken by local volunteers, an Outfall Safari requires no expertise beyond simple data collection, which is covered in the bespoke training in September, and keenness to take walks alongside our rivers (and occasionally in them). 

This is a short-term commitment: it will be run over a period of around one month (October 2017) and relies on lots of small teams of volunteers each doing as much or as little as they want.  One team member will record the observations of the group using a simple mobile app and the uploaded data collected by all the teams will create a detailed picture of the current state of the catchment.

 Our Outfall Safari training will be on Wednesday 27th September 2017, from 10-12 noon.  Our trainer is Joe Pecorelli of the Zoological Society of London.  Flyer attached with full details – training is of course free.

An Outfall Safari gathers valuable information.  Data from the app is mapped and passed on the Environment Agency and Thames Water.  And any severe pollution revealed can be investigated immediately by these agencies.  It is a proven method of checking on London’s rivers, already tested on the rivers Crane, Hogsmill and Dollis Brook, and about to be used on the river Pinn.  It relies fully on Citizen Scientists!

Please contact Lawrence for more information or if you are keen to take part.


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July – September 2017 Rivers and People Programme is now available

ACT UK- Sony Pictures Entertainment helping out at the 3 Rivers Clean Up in Manor Park

After a busy Summer of events, a huge amount of work was achieved by all the volunteers that came out and did their bit for Lewisham’s rivers. There is always work to do though, so if you missed out or enjoyed yourself so much that you’d like to do more, please have a look at the new Rivers and People programme to see if you can help. You’d be very welcome!

 


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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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Manor Park Clean Up – River Quaggy, September 28 5pm-7pm

Join the Eco warrior river clean with Thames 21 an Arts Cafe

Join Thames21 and ArtsCafeSE13 for a clean up of the River Quaggy in Manor Park in central Lewisham. We will be working in the river and on the banks to remove any rubbish and the last of the invasive species along this stretch. All gear will be provided and we are all gathering by the café, which will be open. We would love to see you there.

Please contact Lawrence Beale-Collins for more information

Location:

Arts Cafe
Manor Park
Lewisham, London
SE13 5RN

Date and Time

Wednesday September 28th, 5pm – 7pm

 


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Nature’s Gym – Saturday 10 September

Chinbrook Meadows

Chinbrook Meadows

On Saturday 10th September, the Nature’s Gym volunteers will be joining forces with ChArt to carry out some much needed work in Chinbrook Meadows.  Work will involve, clearing the small pond area, cutting back the reeds and clearing some of the nettles the banks. Our good friends at Rivers and People have been doing quite a lot of work here, but we thought we’d lend them a hand.

A little bit about ChART

ChART stands for Chinbrook Action Residents Team and is one of 150 Big Local projects set up around the country.  Each project had at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities.  Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.  Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.

ChART area map

ChART area map