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London Wildlife Trust – Nature Detectives 14 February 11am-4pm

Nature Detectives at Sydenham Hill Wood

Join us for this fun family day in the wood. We will be looking for tracks and signs to find out what lives in the wood. We’ll be making plaster casts, following trails and looking for clues. Booking essential.

A free fun course for parents and children together.  We’ll be playing games and searching for wildlife clues in the woodland using sight, sound and smell.  Sorry no nannies or childminders.

Location:

Crescent Wood Road gate to Sydenham Hill Wood.,
Sydenham Hill Wood,
Forest Hill/Sydenham Hill,
London,
SE26 6SA

When: 14 February 11am-4pm
Booking: Please book by emailing Diana Wallace
More info: London Wildlife Trust website

 


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Winter tree ID at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 22 January, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Sessile oak trees in Sydenham Hill Wood

Sessile oak trees

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.

Location:

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


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October fungi walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 23 October, 11am-1pm

Common puffball

A guided fungi walk led by Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer Daniel Greenwood

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Learn about the crucial importance of fungi in our woods and the wider world. We will be identifying common woodland fungi and learning about their ecology.

Without fungi we could not survive, so dependent are we on its ability to support our trees and wild plants, and to recycle organic matter.

Please note this is not a culinary foraging walk. Information will be given about the effects of consuming mushrooms on the individual and also the ecosystem. We discouraged foraging of wild plants and mushrooms at Sydenham Hill Wood Local Nature Reserve as it is a small, part-ancient woodland in an urban setting with 100,000 visitors each year.

This is a free walk but a minimum donation of £2 is suggested to support the London Wildlife Trust’s conservation project at Sydenham Hill Wood

Please book to receive meeting point information


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Great North Wood Walk – Saturday 20 August, 12pm-4pm

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

A walk of 4 green miles through the remnants of the Great North Wood

This is the annual Great North Wood walk in  partnership with London Wildlife Trust, the Friends of One Tree Hill, The Horniman Gardens and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk will begin at One Tree Hill, passing over the hill down to Brenchley Gardens, Wood Vale, Cox’s Walk, Sydenham Hill Wood, Dulwich Wood, Dulwich Upper Wood and finally to Crystal Palace Park.

The Great North Wood is an ancient landscape of woods and commons which has remnants in the wildwood that colonised after the Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago. Though London has been much developed and altered by human industry and settlement, large tracts of the Great North Wood’s ancient woodland still remains, namely in Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Woods.

This is a walk of approximately four miles, taking around 2-3 hours. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Event Location

Meet at the Friends of One Tree Hill notice board next to the temple, near to the junction of Hengrave Road and Honor Oak Park,
One Tree Hill,
Southwark,
SE23


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Butterfly walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 24 July, 2pm-4pm

Comma © Daniel Greenwood

Comma © Daniel Greenwood

A guided butterfly walk in Sydenham Hill Wood

Please note booking is essential for this event

Join London Wildlife Trust’s Sydenham Hill Wood volunteer Emma Pooley for a guided walk looking at the range of butterflies that can be found in an urban woodland.

Sydenham Hill Wood is a mixture of ancient and secondary woodland with large, sunny glades where butterflies bask, feed and breed in the spring and summer months. We are likely to encounter speckled wood, comma, peacock, red admiral, skippers and whites. This walk is also an opportunity to raise awareness of bees, moths, dragonflies and all the other invertebrates which play such a vital role in the ecosystems we depend on for a healthy environment.

The weather is key in the success of this walk. If there is prolonged rain, thunderstorms or high winds the walk will be postponed to a later date.

Please bring clothing suitable for the conditions (sun hat, sun cream and water if needed) as well as footwear suitable for uneven paths and gentle inclines.

This is a free walk, donations to London Wildlife Trust are welcome.

Event Location

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

Booking Essential


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Bug day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Thursday 21 July, 11am-3pm

Large Red Damselfly © Daniel Greenwood

Large Red Damselfly © Daniel Greenwood

A family-friendly day to celebrate the amazing invertebrates that are so vital to our world

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate the weird and wonderful insects that are so important to Sydenham Hill Wood and the ecosystems we depend on for survival.

They’ll be leading pond dipping sessions to discover the wild world underneath the surface of the Dewy Pond, searching for beetles and creepy crawlies under logs, and identifying butterflies and bees in the Wood’s sunny glades.

Event Location

Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk,
Southwark,
SE26 6LS


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Wildflower walk at Sydenham Hill Wood – Saturday 26 June, 2pm-3.30pm

Guided walk looking at the diverse plant communities in this urban secondary/ancient woodland.

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

Please note booking is essential for this event

Join the Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer and London Wildlife Trust volunteers for a guided wildflower walk. Please note this is not a foraging event. The Wood is a remnant of the once vast Great North Wood which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst, a wildwood that colonised the landscape after the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

The Wood has undergone much change and disturbance in the past 150 years meaning that the plant communities have changed and adapted to the conditions enforced upon them by man. Many of the Wood’s most common plants are colonisers of disturbed ground. The now closed Crystal Palace High Level railway allowed for the arrival of spectacular plants like rosebay willowherb, which is a mainstay of the Wood’s main glade in summer.

Attendees require no knowledge prior to the walk but an appreciation of conservation and the pressures on urban wildlife are important to bear in mind. Wildflowers are threatened at the Wood by trampling in sensitive areas, nutrification from dog fouling and the impacts of thoughtless foraging. These are all topics which will be discussed during the walk.

For your own safety please wear clothing suitable for the conditions, including sturdy footwear.

If there is inclement weather the walk will be postponed to a later date.

This is a free walk, donations to London Wildlife Trust are welcome.

Event Location

Inside the Crescent Wood Road entrance by the London Wildlife Trust noticeboard,
Sydenham Hill Wood,
Dulwich,
London,
SE26 6LS

Booking Essential