Nature Conservation Lewisham

Get involved in Lewisham's parks and nature reserves

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How to be a curious entomologist

Insects are everywhere.  They are so many, and so varied – fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of life on Earth, and give us a powerful insight of the workings of the natural world.  But their small size means that they can easily be overlooked or ignored.  However it doesn’t take much specialist equipment to have a closer look.  Using simple methods and materials provided, this 1-day workshop will look at techniques to find and observe a wide variety of different insects, then how to preserve sample specimens for examination under the microscope.

Richard Jones (2)

In the morning, we’ll tour the reserve, finding and discussing the many different insect groups — looking at their structure, behaviour, life histories, and some easy identification pointers. In the afternoon, during the laboratory session, there will be the opportunity to look at some in more detail, and consider how studying insects can contribute to our understanding of nature, and the contribution it can make through citizen science.

Curious? Why curious? Entomologists might, at first, seem a bit eccentric, but they pursue their study of the natural world with a passion fuelled by curiosity.

Richard Jones is an acclaimed expert entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and a former President of the British Entomological and Natural History Society. He writes regularly for BBC Wildlife, Countryfile, Gardeners’ World and Sunday Times. He has written several books on insects, including Extreme Insects, The Little Book of Nits, House Guests — House Pests, and Call of Nature — The Secret Life of Dung.

To book, please email Nick Pond or call him on 020 8314 2007.




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Free Training With Thames21

Get Thames21 Training for free!

Thames21 offers a range of FREE training sessions to anyone who is keen to get involved with activities in and around their local waterways. Check out these opportunities…

Imagine leading your own group of volunteers in a cleanup event to improve your stretch of river, canal or pond. You can! Our 2-day ‘LEADING A WATERWAY CLEANUP‘ training will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead cleanup and improvement events all across London

(All sessions are 10am to 3pm.  You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)

Day 1
Saturday 14 March
at WaterWorks Centre, Leyton

Sunday 12 April at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 6 June at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 4 July at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 23 August at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 27 September at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 7 November at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Day 2
Sunday 29 March at WaterWorks Centre, Leyton
Saturday 25 April at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 21 June at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 19 July at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 5 September at Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 10 October at Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 15 November at Ragged School Museum, Mile End


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Horniman Museum-Big Garden Birdwatch


The Big Garden Birdwatch

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Free tool maintenance workshop

Tools ©

Tools ©

Free tool maintenance workshop @ Devonshire Road Nature Reserve,

170 Devonshire Road

SE23 3SZ

10:30 -4:30 Thursday 4th December 2014

(or just drop in for any length of time)

Shaun Marriott- London Wildlife Trust Reserves Officer, will be hosting a free informal workshop demonstrating and advising on tool maintenance, including brushcutters, strimmers, etc.tool blade sharpening and care, including health and safety issues.

10:30 -4:30 (or just drop in for any length of time) Thursday 4th December 2014
Devonshire Road Nature Reserve
(might want to bring food if you are coming for the whole day)

Aimed at practical conservation volunteers and professionals, but all welcome (not suitable for children, petrol-powered power tools involved)