Events and Activities


ROTHERHITHE – WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
This is a year long programme of events and activities for the people of Rotherhithe, designed to promote access to the wild areas of the peninsular and introduce locals to the wildlife that shares this unique corner of London.

Throughout the year there will be:
• Practical conservation skills training days
• Habitat Management courses
• Walks and talks by experts on local wildlife

TIMETABLE:

Date Time Activity / Training Leader
Wednesday 21st July 10:00 –16:00 Meadow Management
Day Training Course
Rebeka Clark (TRUE)
Tuesday 27th July 11:00 – 13:00 (bring a picnic) Butterfly and moth walk from Lavender Pond through Russia Dock and Stave Hill David Gardner from Kent Butterfly
Conservation Soc
Wednesday 28th July 9:00 – pm BAT walk at Stave Hill and RDW Mike Fray (formerly of the Bat Conservation Trust)
Tuesday 10th August 10:00 – 16:00 (bring lunch) Pond Life and Management
Day Training Course
Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
Wednesday 11th August 10:00 – 13:00 (bring a picnic) Bird ID walk from Lavender Pond through Russia Dock woodland and Stave Hill Meadows Conrad Ellam and John Bushell – South East London birders
Saturday 14th August 11:00 – 16:00 (bring lunch) Meadow Management Course at Stave Hill ecology Park
Day Practical Course
Rebeka Clark (TRUE)
Saturday 21st August 10:00 – 13:00 (bring lunch) Fungi ID walk from Lavender Pond Clifford Davy (Mycologist)
Tuesday 24th August 10:00 – 13:00 (bring a picnic) BUG walk from Lavender Pond RDW and Stave Hill Tony Day (Entymologist)
Wednesday 25th August 8:30 – pm BAT walk At Stave Hill and RDW Mike Fray (BAT man)
Saturday 18th September 7:00 – pm Moth evening at Lavender Pond David Gardner (Moth man)
Sunday 19th September 9:00 Bird ID walk From Lavender Pond John Bushell and Conrad Ellam
Tuesday 21st September 10:00 – 13:00 (bring a picnic) Fungi forage ID walk from Lavender Pond Clifford Davy (Mushroom man)
Wednesday 29th September 10:00 – 16:00 Woodland Management Day Training Course Jim Murphy (TRUE)
Tuesday 19th October 10:00 – 16:00 Compost and stag beetle habitat training at Lavender Pond Day Practical Course Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
Wednesday 16th November 10:00 – 16:00 Bird box maintenance
Day Practical Course
Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
Tuesday 7th December 10:00 – 16:00 Coppicing skills
Day Practical Course
Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
Tuesday 18th January 10:00 – 16:00 Hedgelaying
Day Practical Course
Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
Tuesday 22nd February 10:00 – 16:00 Reed bed management
Day Practical Course
Reuben Hawkwood (TRUE)
2-3rd April and 9-10th April Weekend (Free with small contribution for food and travel of approx £20) Residential weekend – reward for those who attend most courses:Wild food and foraging. Id and exploration of East Kent shore and Nature Reserves Ben Dewhurst (TRUE)
Saturday 16th April Dawn Dawn Chorus event at Lavender Pond RDW and Stave Hill followed by end of event celebration in the lakeside gardens at Lavender Pond with refreshments and prizes for those who attended the most sessions (t-shirts for the new Rotherhithe Neighbourhood Naturalists) Conrad Ellam and John Bushell, Reuben Hawkwood, Ben Dewhurst, Friends of Lavender Pond

The sessions are all free to local people but it is essential that you contact Reuben to book a place, also you will need to fill out a registration form upon joining us for the first time.

For the ten people who attend most courses there will be the opportunity to attend one of two residential weekends visiting nature reserves in East Kent and looking into wild food foraging.


Wednesday 21st July
Meadow Management Course
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!


Tuesday 27th July
Butterfly and Moth Walk
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 Wardens Hut (green brick building in Pumphouse Museum carpark), Lavender Pond, Lavender Road SE16 5DZ.



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


Wednesday 28th July
Bat Walk
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.


Tuesday 10th July
Pond Life and Management Course
A day long training course all about ponds, with Reuben Hawkwood – the Warden of Lavender Pond. Includes an introduction to the importance of freshwater habitats, how we maintain a healthy pond (monitoring pond life) and what happens when we don’t, aquatic plant ID, health and safety when working near water, and everyone’s favourite – pond dipping…. (does not cover building/creating a pond).



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!


Wednesday 11th August
Bird ID Walk
A walk and talk about local bird life through Lavender Pond, Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park with binoculars and guided by expert birders Conrad Ellam and John Bushell.



Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them (some pairs will be provided). Also a picnic lunch and water as there will be the chance to sit and lunch at Stave Hill with the experts to ask questions.



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


Saturday 14th August
Meadow Management Course
Practical applications of meadow management – this time putting into practice the theory from the meadow management course (don’t worry – you don’t have to have done the Meadow Management course to join in with this one!).



This work day must be pre booked and joining instructions including further information on what to bring and map of meeting site will be sent out when booking is confirmed.



Refreshments provided, please bring a packed lunch and again, prepare for good weather!


Saturday 21st August
Fungal Foray
A walk through Lavender Pond, Russia Dock and Stave Hill spotting fungi along the way with experienced mycologist Clifford Davy. Learn how to safely identify fungi, how to collect samples and the best books to use.



Bring a picnic lunch if you would like to relax at Stave Hill after the walk and talk further with Clifford (do not rely on your mushroom harvest!!). As before, no pre-booking is necessary for this walk but if you could email your interest so we know approximate numbers that would be useful.


Tuesday 24th August
Bug Walk
A walk, again through the wild areas of Rotherhithe, searching for and learning about the bugs and beasties which live in the meadows, trees and shrubs along the paths. With entomologist Tony Day and his sweep net, this promises to be a very entertaining morning.



Bring a picnic lunch and join Tony for an informative meal you can share with the inhabitants of the meadow. As before, no pre-booking is necessary for this walk but if you could email your interest so we know approximate numbers that would be useful.


Wednesday 25th August
Bat Walk
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.


Saturday 18th September
Moth Evening
Following on from our Open Day (for Open House weekend), we will be having an evening moth event. Come along from 7.00 to find out more about moths from David Gardner of the Kent Butterfly Conservation Society. Moth light traps will be laid out and we will be examining what we can find.



There may be some light refreshment and nibbles on offer, or possibly something more substantial depending on time. Feel free to bring a contribution.


Sunday 19th September
Bird ID Walk
A walk and talk about local bird life through Lavender Pond, Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park with binoculars and guided by expert birders Conrad Ellam and John Bushell. Lavender Pond is also open as part of Open House on this day.



Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them (some pairs will be provided). Also a picnic lunch and water as there will be the chance to sit and lunch at Stave Hill with the experts to ask questions.



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


Tuesday 21st September
Fungal Foray
A walk through Lavender Pond, Russia Dock and Stave Hill spotting fungi along the way with experienced mycologist Clifford Davy. Learn how to safely identify fungi, how to collect samples and the best books to use.



Bring a picnic lunch if you would like to relax at Stave Hill after the walk and talk further with Clifford (do not rely on your mushroom harvest!!). As before, no pre-booking is necessary for this walk but if you could email your interest so we know approximate numbers that would be useful.


Wednesday 29th September
Woodland Management Course
A day long training course in Woodland Management based at Lavender Pond but also including Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill. Covering all aspect of theory and practical application of woodland management and how to manage and maintain woodlands. Led by Jim Murphy – site manager of Dulwich Upper Wood and a very experienced BTCV trainer.



Includes background on the history of woodlands, a woodland walk, some tree 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!


Tuesday 19th October
Compost and Stag Beetle Habitat Training
A day long practical training course in techniques of composting and creating stag beetle habitats. Led by Reuben Hawkwood at Lavender Pond.



A morning session discussing the theory and importance of composting, looking at established compost bins (including as a habitat and the creatures they support) then practical compost maintenance including digging over and bagging up compost.



After lunch we will be discussing Stag Beetles, the habitats they need to flourish and creating a stag beetle loggery.



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 cooling weather conditions!


Wednesday 16th November
Bird Box Maintenance Course
A day long practical training course in bird box maintenance. Led by Reuben Hawkwood at Lavender Pond.



Instruction and practical session on how to maintain healthy birdboxes which is essential for a thriving bird population. Opportunity to build a bird box if there is time.



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 inclement weather conditions!


Tuesday 7th December
Coppicing Course
A day long practical training course in coppicing techniques. Led by Reuben Hawkwood at Lavender Pond.



Introduction to coppicing, why coppice, how to coppice. Followed by a practical session coppicing the woodland bank at Lavender Pond as part of the nine year coppice rotation.



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 inclement weather conditions!


Tuesday 18th January
Hedgelaying Course
Learn the ancient art of hedgelaying – creating layered living hedges. Led by Reuben Hawkwood at Lavender Pond.



After a brief introduction into the history and craft of hedgelaying this is a full practical session putting the techniques into action – cutting, laying and staking the pleachers on the hedge around the edge of Lavender Pond.



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 cold and snowy weather conditions!


Tuesday 22th February
Reed Bed Management Course
A day long practical training course in reed bed management and maintenence. Led by Reuben Hawkwood at Lavender Pond.



Building on the information from the Pond Course, this is a practical session on reed bed management. Prevents our pond disappearing due to succession. Fancy a cold February day in the Pond – in Waders, chopping reeds? This one is for you!



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 cold, wet conditions and weather! It is suggested that you factor in time to warm up in the pub afterwards.


2-3rd and 9-10thApril
Residential Weekend
Two residential weekends to Ramsgate, learning about wild food and visiting local nature reserves.



These opportunities will be offered to the ten people who attend the most courses up to this date. Apart from a small contribution of around £20 for food and travel these will be free.



More information closer to the time.


Saturday 16th th April
Dawn Chorus Event
Spring will be in the air and the birds returning. Join us for a dawn walk and talk about local bird life through Lavender Pond, Russia Dock Woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park with binoculars and guided by expert birders Conrad Ellam and John Bushell.



Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them (some pairs will be provided).



Following the walk there will be a celebration event in the lakeside gardens at Lavender Pond to present our new ‘Rotherhithe Neighbourhood Naturalists’ who will be able to show off the wild spaces of the peninsular and join us for future volunteering events…..



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



Prepare for much improved weather!

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