Thames 21 river conservation events October – December 2014

Events River Cray Catchment Thames 21 – October to December 2014.

Michael Heath (cap) and his team at the Old Mill, April 8th 2014.

Michael Heath (cap) and his team at the Old Mill, April 8th 2014.

Here are the autumn early winter events for Thames21 on the Cray. We have now fully started the Veolia Environmental Trust funded project for the River Cray at Foots Cray Meadows with days set aside in the programme.  With the arrival of winter we may suspend the building of the marginal bank areas and take on spilling to repair damaged river banks, insertion of new deflectors, positioning of coir rolls to protect erosion hotspots.

New skills to learn here and some of these days will be training sessions I will keep you informed through my weekly blog!

Follow this link for this week’s blog. http://www.thames21.org.uk/?p=11734

Creating new marginal areas within the river in the warmth of late summer

Although this will take up a number of days we will continue with other activities elsewhere on the river and I welcome suggestions for other activities. There may be additional events as we identify other river reaches needing work or a cleanup. As always the weather and other logistical issues may affect events so do contact me prior to the event. Details of the public events will also be on the Thames21 websitehttp://www.thames21.org.uk/events/ .

Many Thanks
Michael
Scheduled Events

Tuesday 21st October 2014. In Stream Clean up River Cray Byway 106 removal of rubbish collecting on river bed. Meet at Thames21 Depot, (100m along Byway 106 walking from Barnes Cray Road towards Crayford) DA1 4NR. 1030 to 1500. Please contact Michael prior to this event.

Tuesday 28th October 2014.  There is an independently organised Bird Walk on Foots Cray Meadows 9.30 – 12.30 – meet in Leafield Lane off North Cray Road DA14 5EB. The walk’s leaders Ralph and Brenda Todd will take us to look for late autumn/early winter migrants in addition to checking out what is along the river and at Five Arches.

Wednesday 29th October 2014. In Stream River Cray Habitat Enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows. As mentioned above the intention is to continue during the winter months with a variety of tasks, these will be set prior to the session. We will be on site from 1000 to 1500 come along and join in. Our meeting point will be 0945 at the Leafield Lane Gate onto the Meadows, Leafield Lane DA14 5EB (Off the North Cray Road beside the old Scout Hut) or at the end of Water Lane (off the North Cray Road beside Loring Hall/White Cross Inn) DA14 5ET.  Contact me prior to event for confirmation of activities and location.

Wednesday 5th November 2014. In Stream River Cray Habitat Enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows. (Veolia Environmental Trust Funded Project) Details as at Wednesday 29th October above.

Thursday 6th November 2014. A Pre Remembrance Sunday Community Clean up of the river Cray at Waterside Gardens, Crayford. There is a war memorial area within these gardens beside the Cray Meet 1030 The Parade, Waterside Gardens DA1 4JA. Finish 1300.

Friday 7th November 2014. Thames21 volunteers to assist Hall Place Gardens, Following on from our clearance of the River Cray at Hall Place in June we shall be working with the grounds team to enhance the raised river bank as a wildlife habitat. Meet Hall Place Gardens, Bourne Road, DA5 1PQ.  1030 – 1430

Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Winter Equipment Audit at Thames21 Depot, (100m along Byway 106 walking from Barnes Cray Road towards Crayford) DA1 4NR. From 1030 to 1500.

Wednesday 26th November 2014. In Stream River Cray Habitat Enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows. (Veolia Environmental Trust Funded Project) Details as at Wednesday 29th October above.

Wednesday 26th November 2014. Bexley Natural Environment Forum starts 1900 at the Marriott Hotel Bexleyheath contact Chris Rose (Vice Chair BNEF) by e mail to chrisrose@gn.apc.org<mailto:chrisrose@gn.apc.org> to secure a place. This is an umbrella body for Friends of Parks and Open Spaces groups, local wildlife experts and conservationists and sustainability campaigners in the Borough. The Forum works to protect, restore and enhance habitats and biodiversity across Bexley.

Wednesday 3rd December 2014. In Stream River Cray Habitat Enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows. (Veolia Environmental Trust Funded Project) Details as at Wednesday 29th October above.

Thursday  4th and Tuesday 9th December 2014 Thames Road Wetland  meet 1100 Thames Road (River Cray Bridge) DA1 4RF. The wetland was created in 2007 by the London Borough of Bexley. This compact site of 2.4 ha (6 acre) presents a number of management challenges. Never-the-less it packs a large and impressive punch in terms of the species to be found here. Noted for a list of plants that are uncommon in London and Kent, it hosts twelve species of Odonata, seven species of reptile and amphibian, and a growing suite of breeding and visiting birds, including the only Bittern recorded in Bexley last winter. Being an urban wetland the site needs to be tended to each autumn to retain its variety of habitat. Finish 1500

Thursday 18th December 2014: Join Friends of the Shuttle and River Cray Volunteers – Seasonal Social. An informal get together and celebration of our work.  Venue tbc 1300 – 1700

December Christmas Walk Erith to Crayford start 1100 Morrisons Supermarket Erith.  A brisk walk away from the troubles of Christmas shopping and along the Thames Date and destination to be confirmed.

2015

Thursday 29TH January 2015 we shall be joining with The Friends of the Shuttle for a big winter clean up of the Lake at Danson Park.

To get involved or for more information, contact Michael Heath michael.heath@thames21.org.uk<mailto:michael.heath@thames21.org.uk> or ph: 07968 805 751.

Michael Heath
River Cray Project Officer
Thames21 – bringing London’s waterways to life

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