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Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership outputs July-September 2018

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Lovely weather for wading in the river

July – September 2018 Achievements

Lewisham Biodiversity partners carried out 515 events (96 environmental education,  318 volunteering events and 101 walks and presentations). 4515 adults and 3027 children were engaged in activities in this quarter.

Lewisham Parks on-line survey beats all other Council consultations with 806 respondents

Tawny owl recorded at Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries and a Sparrowhawk seen hunting in Ladywell Fields

 Nature Conservation volunteers clock up 7,884 hours of work in the last quarter- equivalent to £76,869 [London living wage]

 Butterfly surveys at Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries records over 1,000 butterflies, almost twice as many as in the previous 2 years, with 12 species being seen in one day

 Lewisham Biodiversity Partners runs 479 events to give over 7,384 people an experience of nature 

In the last quarter new developments have installed 7,288m2 of living roofs which is just less than the size of two football pitches 

Lewisham Biodiversity partnership – minutes & meetings

The next Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership will be held on Monday 14th January 2019, please contact Nick Pond or Jess Kyle if you would like to get involved.

Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership minutes from 15th October 2018 

For previous meeting minute not listed here, please email Jess Kyle who would be happy to send them to you.

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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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Close Encounters of the Crawling Kind: Bugs in Our Gardens

Saturday 13 July, 10.30am-12.45pm at the Horniman Museum

adybird ©FreeImages.com/Tatjana Ch

adybird ©FreeImages.com/Tatjana Ch

A chance to trial lots of different collecting techniques. Lift logs to see what’s living underneath, sieve leaf letter, try your hand at sweep netting and dip a pond net in our very own pond. Experts, including Richard ‘Bug man’ Jones will be on hand to introduce the various techniques and help identify and record species. Afterwards, head behind the scenes of the museum to get a closer look at insect specimens and find out more about bug-based research.

A family event for adults accompanied by children, suitable for ages 7 +.  

Buy tickets online, £4 per participating child, accompanying adults go free.

Call 0208 291 8690 for more information.


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Edible High Road, Saturday 18 May 2013

This May,  SE23 will be transformed into an Edible High Road  as part of the Chelsea Fringe garden festival.  50  Forest Hill and Honor Oak businesses have sponsored 70 fruit trees, including The Horniman Museum and Sainsbury’s.

Edible High Road map

Edible High Road map

Special Guests: We’re very excited to announce that Celebrity Gardener Matthew Wilson will be cutting our ribbon!  He is Channel Four’s ‘Landscape Man’ and a Gardener’s Question Time panelist.

A local Saxophone Quartet and the Holy Trinity School Brass Band will be performing.

Special Activities: There will be tours of the new Albion Millennium Green Orchard and the fantastic Dig This Nursery from New Cross will be giving away vegetable seedlings. To top it off,  you can explore the fruit trees using our brilliant Trail Map

Edible High Road

Edible High Road

The event has been organised by Lewisham Gardens and  The Forest Hill Society, and sponsored by Shannon’s Garden Centre and Winkworth &Co Estate Agents.


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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.


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Fungus Walk Horniman Nature Trail

 The perfect time for spotting fungi is once again here.  So on Saturday 15 October 2011, 11am-12.30pm, the Horminan Museum will be holding a Fungas Walk with Jim Murphy of the Trust for Urban Ecology, where he will identify a range of fungi growing in the Horniman Gardens and Nature Trail.

Places must be booked in advance.  You can download a booking form here or pick one up from the Information desk. The cost is £6 per person and it is suitable for families with children aged 3+.

Visit the Horniman events pages for more information