Unusual wild life seen at the ‘Ridgeway’, Thamesmead
Reported by Honorary Secretary Martin Watts of Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve [RGPNR]
This is a self evaluation test; answers given below. Can you identify the two circular images? I was puzzled to be invited to a litter picking event and finding I’m rubbing shoulders with the Mayor and Chief Executive of the London Borough of Bexley. You never know if you've got it right. The pictures are of a mosaic from the Pocket Park at the Link and a car wheel hub cover with garden snails from the ‘Ridgeway’. It prompted the thought that the east to west ‘Ridgeway’ which had been officially opened, today Monday 20th November, has a steep facing south bank with permanent background warming from the sewer below which should provide an interesting micro climate for unusual wildlife. The rats certainly have taken advantage of the ‘Ridgeway’ near the roundabout at Southmere Lake.
Small print; you can still visit the Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve
any time by purchasing a key & permit from Martin Watts, Honorary Secretary [by email to firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01322 528 570]. They cost £10.00 & are valid until March 2018.
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Next workdays - all welcome, no prior experience necessary:
WEDS 22nd NOVEMBER • Installing benches • Brushcutting and scrub clearance
THURSDAY 23rd NOVEMBER Tasks to be will possibly include mowing, building and installing benches and hazel coppicing.
We usually meet at the tool shed near East Rochester Way at around 10.30, otherwise it’s possible to meet on site. Workdays usually finish by 4pm or before darkness falls Please do let me know if you intend coming as this helps to provide enough tools for everyone; if poor weather is forecast I can also get in touch to update everyone in case we need to cancel (eg heavy rain). "Shaun Marriott" <email@example.com> ...
Ruxley Volunteers look for the Great White Egret
Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve
[Kent Wildlife Trust]
Report by Honorary Secretary Martin Watts
We all kept an eye out for the Great White Egret on the fine and sunny working party on Sunday 19th November. S/he was nowhere to be seen, but considering we had 15 volunteers it was no surprise s/he was keeping a low profile. S/he was hiding from us today although at least 4 volunteers had seen her previously over the last few days; so perhaps Ruxley is to her liking.
So much brash was cut that we indulged in two bonfires to burn it all.
Next working party is on 10th December and we promise you a surprise. Details as usual on our website (Google "rgpnr" and look at the events page).
You can still visit the reserve any time by purchasing a key & permit from Martin Watts, Honorary Secretary [by email to firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01322 528 570]. They cost £10.00 & are valid until March 2018.
For more details see our website; [google ‘rgpnr’ & look for the website]
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