This Saturday, from 1.00 to 4.00, is our first “last Saturday of the month” Open Day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve.
As well as just having a look round this rather special local space, we hope visitors will take the opportunity to meet members of our committee who will be around, and learn more about what we do. In particular, we’re hoping to see artists from Sydenham and other local festivals thinking about using the reserve as a place to show their work.
We will also be laying on some activities. New Friends committee member, and local Mum, Dani is planning:
a frogspawn themed egg hunt kind of thing for the kids? Something along the lines of… Each kid has a sheet of paper with the frogspawn life cycle printed on it, however the images are blanked out, they hunt for the (plastic) eggs which have next to them (or in them, if we can get some big hollow eggs?) a picture of a stage of the life cycle – the aim being to complete the life cycle and assemble/draw it in the right order.
An activity in the courtyard too for both kids and adults – your own veggie seed to take home? Could be pretty straightforward – use newspaper rolled into a small pot and I have lots of spare tomato seeds (and perhaps some other things)
Absolutely perfect day to be outside yesterday. We had a wonderfully sunny moring exploring around the pond trying to find frogs and spawn. We managed to see a fox with a poorly leg, a heron who was very busy eating frogs (we saw him gobbling a huge one)
and a pair of crows building their nest. Spring has well and truly sprung.
I went round the reserve yesterday with Nick Pond, LB Lewisham Ecology officer, reviewing all the things we might one day want to do there. At the moment it’s just a list of notes which I need to get into some kind of order. After our bird walk Sunday we could maybe talk over some of it, and get more of all your thoughts.
Just approved a comment on last week’s walk, when I commented that there was still no frogspawn in the pond, in which one of our followers tells me it’s appeared in his and his neighbour’s ponds. Anyone else seen any yet?
Did you know it’s possible to book Dacres Wood for children’s parties, and other events? It’s done via the Council, but they now have:
- a Google calendar they can share here on this web site – and
- there is also the booking form which goes through to the Council
We’d like to help get the building prettied up a bit – any suggestions and help welcome! – but it’s already great value – here’s what a friend who used it for his kid’s party last year wrote:
It’s a very nice venue. The woods were centre stage for us but we also used the building to gather everyone together at the start and we were in there again after our party activities in the woods for pasta and birthday cake.
It would have been really helpful to have a fridge and a cooker or hob. Also the chairs that are there are difficult for little kids to manouevre and took up too much space when we set them up around the tables (this wouldn’t matter so much with a smaller group). We brought our own, but some people might want a basic sound/speaker set-up?
It’s great that you have time to set up and tidy up – a lot of places have a small timeframe and that can be very stressful. Also it was easy to clean up and look after – nothing breakable or needing polishing! We had lots of muddy kids in there but it wasn’t a big deal to mop up after them. Lots of powerpoints too, which is useful.
I think everyone who came enjoyed it and thought it was a real find as a venue. A lot of people hadn’t realised it was there, but one person had been at a party there in the summertime and had really liked it then too.
The courtyard could be prettied up very easily too, which would make a good outdoor eating area in summer, particularly if you had a couple of picnic tables. In fact, I thought it would be a brilliant spot for a summer pop-up if you’d have any interest in me trying that out?!
March 13th, 7.30 am
Led by Paul Barrett, starting at Dacres Wood, Honeyfield Mews, off Daces Road, but later moving on to Mayow Park. I’ll tweet with hashtag#dacresmayowbirds to say what we see, and where we are, so people can join as we go round. End back at Dacres Wood Field Studies Centre, where we can offer hot drinks, and you can buy bird box kits