Join the Lesnes Abbey Woods Wednesday Volunteer Group!
Weds 29th Nov.
For those unable to join Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers on their Sunday work days, staff at Lesnes Abbey Woods organise a weekly meeting from 10am until 4pm. Meeting at the new Lesnes Abbey Lodge next to the Abbey ruins every Wednesday volunteers have an opportunity to help maintain and enhance a variety of habitats through practical conservation. Tasks carried out include meadow, heath, pond and woodland management, as well as occasional survey work.
No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear preferably steel toe capped boots.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Ian Holt Estate Manager- Lesnes Abbey Woods London Borough of Bexley
Lesnes Abbey Lodge Lesnes Abbey New Road London SE2 0AX Direct Dial: 020 3045 5618 Internal extension : 5618 Main Council Switch Board: 0208 303 7777 Email:Ian.Holt@bexley.gov.uk ...
Grey Plover, 70 Golden Plover and a single Brambling are just a few of the highlights observed at Crayford Marshes today! As my photography really didn't do the Grey Plover any justice I took a short video to share with you too : youtu.be/ZHrHqP-ED_Q
Crossness Nature Reserve - call for help with removal of old litter.
Karen Sutton says .....
I'm having another impromptu volunteer taskday next Wednesday 29th Nov if anybody is free to help.
We have just completed replacing a section of fencing on the southern boundary of Crossness Southern Marsh, where it meets Peabody's Southmere Park. We have replaced the dilapidated old post and rail with green weldmesh fencing, which looks great. It will look even better once the vegetation comes back up next year and softens the edges, as it were.
Unfortunately, the installation has revealed tonnes of litter along the fenceline. Hundreds of bread bags and plastic bags, originally concealed by vegetation, is now very visible and blowing in the direction of the adjacent ditch. I'd like to do a litter pick before the winter winds really set in and distribute it across the site.
If you are free to help, we will meet at the Southern Marsh vehicle entrance (under the red flyover, on the right-hand-side of Bazalgette Way - formerly Belvedere Road - SE2 9AQ) at 10am. Equipment and picnic-style lunch will be provided.
I'm afraid that WELLIES ARE ESSENTIAL for this one, as we have to cross a bit of a shallow ditch to get to the area in question.
Do let me know if you are able to join us, and if so, I look forward to seeing you then.
Kind regards, Karen Sutton Biodiversity Team Manager
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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