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Bat Walk at Sydenham Wells Park – Friday 26 May 2017, 8.30pm-10pm

Pipistrelle bat © London Wildlife Trust

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for our annual bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park. Bat calls are largely undetectable to the human ear and so we will be using bat detectors to listen to the sounds of these wonderful mammals. Bats use sonar or echolocation to hunt for prey during the night, sending sound out into the world around them to create an aural picture of their surroundings. Each bat has a different call from which they can be identified.

Sydenham Wells Park is a remnant of the Great North Wood, an ancient landscape of woods and commons which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. There are lots of bats to be seen (and heard) at the Park including noctule, Leisler, common and soprano pipistrelles.

Previous walks at the Park have provided a large number of sightings of bats, but patience is required in the early stages.

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

Meet by the duck pond accessed via the Longton Avenue gate.
Sydenham Wells Park,
Sydenham,
Greater London,
SE26

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Bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park, Friday 10 June, 8.30pm-10pm

Guided bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park

Pipistrelle bat © London Wildlife Trust

Pipistrelle bat © London Wildlife Trust

Join London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers for our annual bat walk at Sydenham Wells Park. Bat calls are largely undetectable to the human ear and so we will be using bat detectors to listen to the sounds of these wonderful mammals. Bats use sonar or echolocation to hunt for prey during the night, sending sound out into the world around them to create an aural picture of their surroundings. Each bat has a different call from which they can be identified.

Sydenham Wells Park is a remnant of the Great North Wood, an ancient landscape of woods and commons which once stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. There are lots of bats to be seen (and heard) at the Park including noctule, Leisler, common and soprano pipistrelles.

Previous walks at the Park have provided a large number of sightings of bats, but patience is required in the early stages.

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

Event location

Meet by the duck pond accessed via the Longton Avenue gate.
Sydenham Wells Park,
Sydenham,
Greater London,
SE26


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Come rain, come cold winds, come frozen ground….

…..the Nature’s Gym volunteers will be out toiling in the Parks and Nature Reserves in Lewisham.  Yesterday, 19 brave souls made the trip to Sydenham Wells Park to volunteer their time.  We have been working here for a while to create and improve the  meadow areas in the nature area of the site.

Despite the frozen ground we got a lot done!

Despite the frozen ground we got a lot done!

Sydenham Wells Park is a lovely site, with beautiful formal gardens and a number of mature trees.  However, at the top of the park is the Nature Reserve, a very different area from the rest of the park.  Formally the site of Wynell Road Nursery it has been managed as a nature reserve since 1988.  Volunteers have made a number of improvements here, from new footpaths to stag beetle loggeries!  The work is ongoing with the meadows, so visit the site in the Spring where you’ll see a host of butterflies and bees – wonderful!

 


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Nature’s Gym at Sydenham Wells Park

The Nature’s Gym volunteers braved sunshine, showers and extreme nettles to clear the pathways in the nature area of Sydenham Wells Park this week.  We have been working in this area for a while trying to create a mix of habitats including meadows and woodland edge.  We have recently even built a bug hotel!

As you can see from the photos above, people can now walk through the area.  We do need to go back at some point to finish off, but I think the volunteers made a great start.  It is always nice when members of the public stop to tell you what a great job you’ve done!

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