Nature Conservation Lewisham

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Have you seen a Hedgehog?

2018_02_05 Hedgehogs

The London Wildlife Trust writes….

London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Urban Urchins’ started in August 2017 and is aiming to map the distribution of London’s hedgehog population. This is being achieved through the use of footprint tunnel and camera trap surveys across many of our own reserves, the creation of ‘detective kits’ for the public to use in their own gardens and by asking the public to send us their hedgehog sightings.

We are looking for more parks, nature reserves, allotments and other green spaces who would be willing to put up posters asking the public to record London’s hedgehogs for us. I’ve attached a PDF of the poster, should you wish to distribute any copies. If you could let me know the locations that the posters end up, that would be great.

If you are interested in running some hedgehog surveys in your area, we may be able to offer training, support and equipment, so please get in touch. Hedgehogs can be surveyed from April-October. We can also offer to come and speak about hedgehogs with local interest groups.

You can find more information about the project, including the interactive sightings map, here.


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

2016_04_11 Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

Sydenham Hill and Dulwich Wood ©Daniel Greenwood

A walk of 6 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, and The Conservation Volunteers.

The walk will is six miles long and 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, finishing at the station.

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 six miles, taking around 3-4 hours with regular pauses along the way to talk about the wildlife and history of each place. Please wear walking boots, bring water, sun hat and sun cream if needed, and clothing suitable for the conditions.

Venue 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,
Greater London,

Contact:  Daniel Greenwood

Tel: 07734 599 728  Email:

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Bug Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Thursday 27 July, 11am-2pm

Honey Bee on ragwort (©Daniel Greenwood)

Honey Bee on ragwort (©Daniel Greenwood)

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

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

If you love bees, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, bugs and slugs, you will love bug day!

We’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.

Venue Location

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

Grid reference


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Wildflower Walk Sunday 25 June, 2pm-4pm

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

Red Campion ©Daniel Greenwood

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

Please note booking is essential for this event

Join the Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer and our 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.


Location:  Inside the Crescent Wood Road entrance by the notice board,
Sydenham HIll Wood, London, London, SE15 4EE

Contact: Daniel Greewood -Tel: 0207 252 9186 email –


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Evening Tree Walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, Wednesday 31 May, 7pm-9pm

Sydenham Hill Wood © London Wildlife Trust

Guided tree walk in Sydenham Hill Wood to uncover the ancient landscape of the Great North Wood.

Join our Sydenham Hill Wood Conservation Officer for a guided tree walk as part of London Tree Week. As one of the largest remnants of the Great North Wood, the Wood has a fascinating range of native tree species which indicate the ancient lineage of the habitats.

By identifying the trees and understanding why they are there, a rich natural and cultural history can be uncovered, pointing to a landscape formed after the Ice Age ended some 10,000 years ago and redrawn over the centuries by human industry and settlement.

The trees of Sydenham Hill Wood provide habitat of metropolitan importance to London, with species like the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, stock dove and tree creeper dependent on the Wood’s populations of sessile oaks to survive.

Need to know

Please wear study footwear fit for uneven paths with gentle inclines, as well as clothing suitable for the conditions.

If there is prolonged heavy rain, thunderstorms or high winds the walk will be postponed to a later date.

This is a free walk, a minimum donation of £2 towards our work is recommended


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New Cross Gate Cuttings volunteer days with The London Wildlife Trust


A great way to get involved with the London Wildlife Trust in Lewisham is to become a conservation volunteer to make a real difference for wildlife in your local area, learn new skills and to gain a deeper understanding of woodland ecology. They have monthly conservation workdays at New Cross Gate Cutting on the following dates:

  • Saturday 27th May
  • Saturday 17th June
  • Saturday 22nd July
  • Saturday 19th August
  • Saturday 23rd September

For more information or to book a place on a workday please email Sam Bentley-Toon


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Walking-lore: Afternoon family storytelling in Sydenham Hill Woods, Saturday 3 June, 2pm-4pm

London Wildlife Trust Cox's Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

London Wildlife Trust Cox’s Walk walking lore Imogen Lee

Discover the legends and folktales lurking in the woods. This afternoon storytelling session will take families on a walking-lore of Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods, where we will use our senses as our guide.

Together we will trace the tale of the orphaned Lambeth girl, who lived among the trees and used them to stow away a book which she had written in her own secret language. Along the way, discover the ghosts of the Victorians who cut through the Woods, only for the Wood to fight back and become a haven for wildlife.

This event is being run in partnership with the Greater London Authority as part of London Tree Week supported by the Mayor of London.

This event is free, but booking is essential as space is limited, please follow the link to book your spot:…


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This afternoon session is aimed at families with younger (5+ years) children. Very young children are welcome but there is a fair bit of walking involved, despite plenty of stops.
Is the site accessible to those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately much of the site is not accessible by wheelchair, but please do contact us if you are interested, as we can discuss alternative arrangements.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Buses: 197, 185, 176, P13, P4
Forest Hill Station is a 5 minute bus ride/15 minute walk away
Denmark Hill Station is a 15 minute bus ride away
Parking: Crescent Wood Road

Is there toilet access?
There are no facilities available in the reserve. The nearest public loos are at the Horniman Museum, which is 10 minute walk from where we will be meeting.

Who do I contact if I have a question?


phone: 020 7252 9186