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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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London Rivers Week – Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1

Thames 21 writes….

London Rivers Week

Do you cherish rivers and enjoy exploring them? Do you love the wildlife that roams our countryside? Do you want to learn about what’s being done to protect London’s life-giving rivers and how you can help? 

Then join us for the third annual London Rivers Week, running from Saturday June 23 to Sunday July 1. This year’s theme is Valuing Water, and our partners are putting on a fascinating list of free activities, with something for all the family – from walks and talks and a kayak event to demonstrations and even a film premiere.

You won’t want to miss our launch event on Sunday 24th June, at Ladywell Fields from 12pm to 3pm.

You’ll be able to become a dragonfly detective, explore what’s in the water through river dipping and make discoveries through riverfly monitoring.

The event will be a showcase of citizen science programmes by a range of partners.

Find out, for example, how Thames21 volunteers collect data about the types of plastic found in the Thames, or how water quality is tested by robot boats. There are 600km of waterways in the capital. That’s the same as the distance between Brighton and Edinburgh.

And during the week, you’ll have the chance to learn about the issues that affect many of them.

Do you fancy getting to know your local stretch of river better by clearing litter? Or taking over the invasive species which also choke our rivers? We’ve also got events like that, which will help you make a difference to these lifebloods for wildlife.

Otters, trout, bats, kingfishers and eels all use London rivers – but increasingly they need the public’s help to survive and thrive, in the face of plastic pollution, sewage and the impacts of climate change.

London’s rivers are often peaceful, natural places, where we can escape city life. They are havens where we can relax by the water, watch swans nesting or if we’re lucky, spot a flash of blue as one of Britain’s most beautiful birds, a kingfisher, speeds across the water.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our fantastic range of activities and book your place at one today!

If you can’t wait, whet your appetite by reading case studies about 23 restoration projects which include Ladywell Fields, giving you a world of nature to explore at places that have been rewilded in recent years.

London Rivers Week is sponsored  by Thames Water. Read more about the groups behind the organisation of London Rivers Week.

 

 


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Manor Park Clean Up – River Quaggy, September 28 5pm-7pm

Join the Eco warrior river clean with Thames 21 an Arts Cafe

Join Thames21 and ArtsCafeSE13 for a clean up of the River Quaggy in Manor Park in central Lewisham. We will be working in the river and on the banks to remove any rubbish and the last of the invasive species along this stretch. All gear will be provided and we are all gathering by the café, which will be open. We would love to see you there.

Please contact Lawrence Beale-Collins for more information

Location:

Arts Cafe
Manor Park
Lewisham, London
SE13 5RN

Date and Time

Wednesday September 28th, 5pm – 7pm

 


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Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Plan

Ravensbourne Catchment plan

Ravensbourne Catchment plan

The River

The river Ravensbourne rises, 4 miles south of Bromley town centre at Caesar’s Well in Keston.  It then flows through the London Boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich where it then joins the River Thames at Deptford, where its 1/2 mile muddy tidal reach is known as Deptford Creek.  The Ravensbourne is 11 miles (17 km) in length with a total catchment area of 180 km2.

River Ravensbourne catchment map

River Ravensbourne catchment map

The Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Plan

The Catchment Improvement Plan was an initiative led by Thames 21 and supported by several partners, including Lewisham Council, to encourage those with an interest in their local rivers to express their views and have a say about the future of the River Pool, the River Quaggy and the River Ravensbourne. The project had a focus on getting local people more involved in their environment and help them to understand more about the rivers in their backyard. Following on from the two years of extensive consultation and the production of development document ‘The Vision’ in 2014, the Ravensbourne Catchment Partnership hosts Thames21 completed the Ravensbourne Catchment Plan in 2015.

What next?

Within the completed Plan is the Ravensbourne Project Schedule, which contains the main projects that are in progress, in planning or in development along the catchment. These projects are aimed at carrying on the great work that has gone before along the catchment such as the delivery of Sutcliffe Park, Chinbrook Meadows and Ladywell Fields regeneration projects, so that we can remove as much hard engineering as possible, create as many natural habitats as feasible and improve the public amenity value of our waterways without compromising our capacity in dealing with major rainfall events.

How you can help

The RCIG will continue to positively engage with the public by holding training days so that individuals can learn how to lead a river event or conduct water-quality testing. There is also an opportunity for your views to be raised at the RCIG meeting by contacting one of the RCIG partners.

However, if you feel your views are not represented by one of the existing partners please contact Lawrence Beale-Collins, the chair of the group, to discuss representing your group/organisation at the RCIG or to find other ways to become involved.

Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Group

In 2012 Thames21 joined a range of partners from local community groups and charities to councils and government agencies to form the Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Group (RCIG). This group is working to improve the rivers of the Ravensbourne Catchment for people and for wildlife.

The priority for the RCIG is to develop, promote and deliver the Vision and Catchment Plan for the Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy rivers.

The work of the RCIG is part of Defra and the Environment Agency’s  ‘catchment-based  approach‘(CaBA) to working with individuals and organisations that can make a difference to the health of England’s water environments. The catchment-based approach aims to deliver and raise awareness of the Water Framework Directive and what this means for our rivers, estuaries and coastal waters – which is EU legislation requiring improvements to water quality and the river environment.

Ravensbourne Catchment Improvement Group members

Thames21 is the RCIG ‘host’. Their role is to organise and coordinate the different members of the partnership, and drive Catchment Plan Project Schedule forward. Thames21 is also the initial contact point for any enquiries you may have.
Here is a list of RCIG partners:

Quaggy Waterways Action Group (QWAG)
London Wildlife Trust
LB Lewisham
LB Bromley
Royal Borough of Greenwich
LB Croydon
Thames21

 


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Friends of Ladywell Fields and Thames21 River Clean Up

River bankside volunteers

Volunteer with Thames 21 and the Friends of Ladywell Fields

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Thames 21

Thames 21 and the Friends of Ladywell Fields are holding a river clean up on Sunday 13th December from 10am-1pm.  They will be meeting by the 10,000 Hands Cafe in the northern field at 10am. Come along for some wet fun!

 


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Free Training With Thames21

T21 © Thames21

Find out how you can help your local river! © Thames21

If you love your waterways, want to learn more about them and help make them better, we can help!

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.

Leading a Waterway Clean UP

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 course will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead your own cleanup events. When you complete the course, you can become one of our many certified trainees who receive support from Thames21 and lead events all across London.     

LEADING A WATERWAY CLEAN UP Sessions for 2015:
(You must complete Day 1 first, before going on to Day 2)

Day 1 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Sunday 23 August – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Sunday 4 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Saturday 7 November  – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Day 2 Sessions (All sessions are 10am to 3pm)

Saturday 5 September – Ragged School Museum, Mile End
Saturday 10 October – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
Sunday 15 November – Ragged School Museum, Mile End

Click here to register

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Free Training with Thames21 Photo © Thames21

Thames River Watch

The Thames River Watch project aims to provide crucial information on the health of the tidal Thames by enabling citizens to undertake monitoring and data collection – from Teddington lock right out to Sheppey Island in Kent and Southend-on-Sea in Essex. We are looking for individual volunteers as well as people from community groups, schools and riverside businesses along the tidal Thames to join our citizen science volunteer team. As a Thames River Watch volunteer you will spend just a couple of hours each month to help us build a better picture of the health of the tidal Thames.

Interested in joining our team of citizen science volunteers? The first step is to come along to a free training session which will provide you with all the knowledge and tools you need to become a Thames River Watch citizen science volunteer.

THAMES RIVER WATCH Training Sessions for July-November 2015:
(All sessions are from 10am to 3pm)

West London
19th July – Water Quality Testing – Dorset Wharf, Fulham
25th July – Litter Monitoring – Dorset Wharf, Fulham

4th August – Invasive Non-Native Species – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
14th November – Water Quality Testing – Dorest Wharf, Fulham


Central London

6th August – Water Quality Testing – Walbrook Wharf, City of London
22nd September – Litter Monitoring – Walbrook Wharf, City of London


East London
24th August – Litter Monitoring – 2nd Floor Studio & Arts, Woolwich
2nd September – Litter Monitoring – RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet
10th October – Water Quality Testing – at Creekside Environment Centre, Deptford
17th October – Water Quality Testing – at Erith Yacht Club, Erith

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River Ravensbourne catchment improvement plan

River Ravensbourne catchment map

River Ravensbourne catchment map

The Catchment Improvement Plan is an initiative being led by Thames 21 and supported by several partners, including Lewisham Council, to encourage those with an interest in their local rivers to express their views and have a say about the future of the River Pool, the River Quaggy and the River Ravensbourne. The project has a focus on getting local people more involved in their environment and help them to understand more about the rivers in their backyard.

We want to hear your thoughts about your local stretch of the river – what you like about it, what you don’t like, what would help you love it more and finally what you can suggest be done to improve it. (Even if you don’t live near to the river, we’d still like to hear from you if you have comments to make about it!)

Please help us by filling out the questionnaire, so together we can make the entire catchment a better place for both people and wildlife. The information that you provide will be incorporated into the Ravensbourne Catchment Plan.

If you would like more information about this initiative, please visit the Thames 21 website.