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Swifts & Enhancing Urban Biodiversity

An illustrated talk by Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation

22 February 2018, 19.00 to 21.00 Lewisham Council Chambers – Booking via Eventbrite

This talk should be useful for planners, developers, architects, bird-watchers, nature lovers and anyone with an interest in how we live in our towns and cities

2018_02_22 Swifts

 

Swifts are our fastest bird in level flight, and by far the most acrobatic and exciting. They bring amazing aerial displays to even the grimmest city centre.

By encouraging and supporting this bird urban skies can be transformed, and in turn, urban biodiversity and its many benefits promoted. We urgently need to support and enhance urban biodiversity, not just for our own health, but also for the health of the planet.

Edward will show the reasons for the Swift’s decline plus what we can do to save it. Topics covered will include basic biology, habitat and nesting requirements, with examples of easy, cost effective nest place projects.

We have choices when creating urban environments and providing places to live, work and relax in. We can tackle many of the problems with the right motivation and vision, armed with research and examples, using our altruism, and resisting the pressure to “race to the bottom”.

“Green” estates and “leafy suburbs” are the places people want to live, where they are healthier and less of a burden on the NHS and other taxpayer-funded welfare services, and which hold their value, while the “concrete jungle” alternatives quickly decline and end up being demolished.

Starting with Swifts, Edward will run through the basics for providing a richer urban biodiversity, also showing examples of mistakes, “what not to do”, as well as examples of successful schemes.

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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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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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Urban Wildlife Talk – Friday 5th February 2016, Peckham Library

Fox and badger feeding side by side

Badger and Fox by Ernie Thomason

Join London Wildlife Trust at Peckham Library to learn about the amazing wildlife thriving in the capital

Daniel Greenwood will be giving a talk about the array of wild animals and plants that live in London, despite it being a densely populated city

London is known to have over 13,000 species of plant, animal and fungus, though this talk will focus more on those you can expect, or perhaps least expect, to encounter

Daniel is the Conservation Project Officer for Sydenham Hill Wood in the south of the borough of Southwark, a very special nature reserve. The Wood is home to hedgehogs, foxes, owls, hawks, falcon, stag beetles, as well as a number of butterflies, amphibians and lots of mushrooms

London’s natural past will be illustrated to show how our wildlife manages to thrive in one of the greatest cities in the world

Where: Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, Peckham, London, SE15 5JR
Cost: Free
When: Friday 5th February 2016, 11am-12.30pm


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A History of Sydenham Hill Wood by London Wildlife Trust- Tuesday 11 August 2015 2pm – 3.30pm

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

Horses removing timber after storm of 1987

A talk about the history of Sydenham Hill Wood & Cox’s Walk at Dulwich Library in partnership with Southwark Council

Join London Wildlife Trust at Southwark Council’s beautiful Dulwich Library 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 33 years ago.

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 on behalf of Southwark Council.

Venue Location

Dulwich Library
368 Lordship Lane SE22 8NB ,
Dulwich,
SE22 8NB

Contact Details

Email: Daniel Greenwood
Tel: 07734 599 728


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Butterfly Walk Sunday 12 July 2015

Butterfly Walk with LWT

Butterfly Walk with LWT

July is a busy month for wildlife in London with stag beetles on the wing, kestrels fledging and swifts readying for their return to Africa. LWT has a lot of events coming up, so of which are (almost) in our Borough!

 


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Bat, moth and owl prowl – Friday 3 July 2015

Join LWT for a bit of prowling!

Join LWT for a bit of prowling!

 

July is a busy month for wildlife in London with stag beetles on the wing, kestrels fledging and swifts readying for their return to Africa. LWT has a lot of events coming up, so of which are (almost) in our Borough!