Toads mating and toadspawn

ToadSex

OK – it’s not so obvious what’s going on here, taken as it was with a mobile camera, without the ability to set the focus manually.

There are two toads mating, the smaller and darker male on the back of the larger, lighter coloured female.  The heads with their protuberant eyes are the only clear feature.  On the right there’s a line of black dots going up to the corner.  That’s toad spawn.

Last Saturday Open Days starting now!

Friends of Dacres Wood volunteers would like everyone in the community to know that our regular last Saturday of the month Open Days start in 2015 this Saturday, 28th March.  It is an opportunity to look round the reserve, but also learn how you can help us – and Lewisham Nature – with their conservation work.

This Sunday there will also be a chance to visit the reserve under the expert guidance of Tom Moulton and Alona Sheridan, as part of a Nature Walk organised by Lewisham Nature.  The walk will last about 2 hours, starting at Forest Hill station, and also visit Albion Millennium Green, Mayow Park and Home Park.

Open Days in 2014

We will be opening up our Nature Reserve the last Saturday of every month from this April to October.  We are also aiming to include special events most months.  These are the provisional plans:

  • May 31st- Teddy bear’s picnic
  • June 28th – TBA
  • July 26th – Creepy Crawlies day (bug collecting etc)
  • August 30th – a tree survey, to learn about the different trees in the nature reserve and map them out
  • September 27th – looking at container gardening and hopefully a new irrigation system for the raised beds
  • October 25th – building bird boxes ready for 2015