It’s been an exciting week for Lavender Pond Nature Reserve – first we won the GOLD award at the Southwark in Bloom Award on Sunday in the best Wildlife Friendly Garden category (for the third year in a row), then today we were awarded the Green Pennant for the fourth year running.

Friends and Volunteers of Lavender Pond proudly show off their new awards

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Bat Walk

Wednesday 28th July, 9.00pm – 10.30pm
An evening walk through Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill in search of our winged nocturnal companions with experienced bat detector Mike Fray (formerly of Bat Conservation Trust). We will be using electronic bat detectors as well, to try and identify bat activity.

There will be an introduction to bats, and the habitats they require and why this area is good for finding bats.

No pre-booking is necessary for this walk but if you could email your interest so we know approximate numbers that would be useful.


Meet at junction of Lady Dock Path and Watermans walk in Russia Dock Woodland (half way along the long dock edge path near the two cycle gates). The walk will take about 1.5 hours.

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Butterfly and Moth Walk

Tuesday 27th July, 11:00 – 13:00
A gentle amble from Lavender Pond through Russia Dock Woodland and ending up for a picnic lunch at Stave Hill. We will be observing the butterfly and moth species present under the expert and entertaining guidance of David Gardner from Kent Butterfly Conservation Society.

No pre-booking is necessary for this walk but if you could email your interest so we know approximate numbers that would be useful.

Meet at the warden’s hut at 11:00 (green brick building in Pumphouse Museum carpark), Lavender Pond, Lavender Road SE16 5DZ.

Bring picnic lunch, water and be prepared for all weathers!

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Meadow Managment Course Photos

Meadow Management Day Training Course – Wednesday 21st July 2010

A great day was had by all. The course was fully booked with 12 people attending and Rebeka led us through the intricacies of meadow management with a variety of classroom work and walks in the glorious sunshine. Can’t wait til the practical session on August 14th!

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Free Meadow Managment Course!

Wednesday 21st July, 10:00 – 16:00
A day long training course in meadow management at Stave Hill Ecology Park – all aspects of theory and practical application concerning grassland management and how to maximise biodiversity of flower rich meadows especially for bees and butterflies. Led by Rebeka Clark – site manager of Stave Hill and an very experienced BTCV trainer.

Includes background on historical ecology- how grasslands are created, some wild flower ID, tool use and safety, plus practical methods of management.

This course must be pre booked and a registration form filled out on arrival. Joining instructions including further information on what to bring and map of the meeting site will be sent out when booking is confirmed.

Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch and prepare for all weather conditions!

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Friends of Lavender Pond Join the Web!

Welcome to our lovely new blog! Keep up to date on events and activities at the pond.

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