Nature Conservation Lewisham

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BCT – Bearing Witness for Wildlife Training, 9 November 2017

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Bat Walk with London Wildlife Trust in Crystal Palace Park

Join London Wildlife Trust and learn to identify bats from their ultrasonic calls using bat detectors.

This event is free and open to everyone and there is no need to book.

Contact Sam for more information

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Wild about gardens week 2016

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

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Wild About Gardens Week 2016 is a joint initiative by the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts and Bat Conservation Trust to encourage people to support wildlife in their gardens

Last year Wild about Gardens Week focused on Hedgehogs.  This year the focus is on our UK bats. This is more important than ever. In 2013, wildlife researchers found that 60 percent of UK animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Among the variety of reasons for this is loss of habitat.

Many of our common garden species – bats, hedgehogs, house sparrows, and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. There are an estimated 15 million gardens in the UK. Together they cover a greater area than all the National nature reserves! By making our own gardens and local green spaces more wildlife-friendly, we can help support a wide range of species.

What can you do?

Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. This year they’ll be looking at steps we can take to support bats and other wildlife. But don’t wait until October! There are lots of things you can do right now to support wildlife in your garden or community green space.

They’ve created some fantastic resources to help you along the way, from building insect hotels to creating hedgehog highways. There are plenty of fun activities you can do throughout the year to help your local wildlife.

For even more wildlife gardening tips, visit the Wild About Gardens website for ideas on things that can be done in an hour, a day or a weekend. And to be kept in the loop about plans for this year’s Wild About Gardens Week, send them an email and they’ll contact you as soon as there’s more information available.

Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter for regular tips on how you can make a difference to the wildlife in your garden. Have a question? Contact them on Facebook or Twitter and they’ll do their best to help.

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Bat Events at the Horniman Museum

Family Bat Walk – Friday, 21 August 2015 7pm – 9pm

A late night event focussing on our only flying mammal – the bat. Join our resident bat expert Rhianna Dix for a family friendly bat walk using real bat detectors to find bats in the Horniman Gardens. See a bat skeleton up close and learn how to identify different types of bat. Bat costumes encouraged!

Booking information

Adults £5 each
Children £3 each.

Places are limited. To book please call 020 8291 8686 or 020 8291 8690

Please note that this event is for families with children aged 7 +. 

Please note: There is an additional bat walk for adult audiences happening on Friday 28th August.

This event will be cancelled in the event of very bad weather.

Adult Bat Walk – Friday, 28 August 2015, 7pm-9pm

A late night event focussing on our only flying mammal – the bat. Our Horniman bat expert, Rhianna Dix, will give a short introduction to bats. This will be followed by a bat survey using real bat detectors to find out what species might be living in and around the Horniman Gardens.

This event is part of International Bat Night organised by EUROBATS to celebrate and encourage the conservation of bat species across the world.

Please note that this event is for adults only. If families are interested they should book on to the Family Bat Walk on Friday 21st August

This event will be cancelled in the event of very bad weather.

Booking information

Places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person.  Book online or call 020 8690 for information.

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Bat walk at Ladywell and Brockley Cemetery

Daniel Greenwood from the London Wildlife Trust will be leading a bat walk at Ladywell and Brockley Cemeteries. The walk will start promptly at the Brockley Road gate at 19.30.  As the Cemeteries are closed to the public at that time, late arrivals will unfortunately not be admitted.  The walk may not last the full two hours as it depends if any bats are detected.   Please be aware that if the weather is not suitable at the time, the walk could be cancelled without notice.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

LWT bat walk

LWT bat walk

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Festival of Fieldwork – Horniman Museum

Help the Horniman Museum celebrate the Centenary year of the British Ecological Society with an innovative family learning festival of ecological fieldwork which combines expertise of Museum staff and skills of professional field ecologistsExperience first-hand some of the activities that these scientists undertake in order to monitor and make sense of the environment.

Events include

Surveying at Night: Moths on the Wing
Saturday 15th June 9.15pm – 10.30 pm

From Dusk to Dawn: Bats After Dark
Friday 21st June 9.15pm  – 10.30pm

From Dusk to Dawn: Dawn Chorus Walk
Saturday 22nd June  5.00 am – 6.30am

Tree Doctors: The Health of Our Trees
Saturday 29th June 10.30am- 12.00pm

Small Mammals: Furry Friends or Urban Pests?
Saturday 6th July 10.30am – 12.00pm

Close Encounters of the Crawling Kind: Bugs in Our Gardens
Saturday 13th July 10.30am – 12.45pm

Booking Information

Book tickets online, £4 per participating child, adults go free.
A family event for children accompanied by adults, suitable for ages 7 +.
Call 0208 291 8690 for more information.