Morning - 9.30: I'm going to be in Dacres Wood tomorrow, in the morning, starting 9.30, doing some conservation work. Could be putting on waders and pulling out more reed sweet-grass, but if that's too damp and cold, it could be the time to measure the girths of those big old Turkey Oaks. Just how … Continue reading Last Tuesday of January!
After a couple of festive days staying inside, I was ready for some fresh air. This perfect winters day, bright but cold was made for a short bird walk round the reserve. My son Nick and I wrapped up and set off.Inside the reserve all was quiet and 2 walks around the perimeter yielded a … Continue reading Bird Walk 26 December 2016
From April, we will be resuming our regular Open Days on the last Saturday of each month, so April 29th May 27th Jun 24th July 29th August 26th September 30th These will be from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, and an opportunity just to look around the reserve in your own time. However, we hope … Continue reading Last Saturdays in 2017 – Open Days and moth / bug identification
Some serious progress made on clearing reeds from the pond this Saturday, thanks to volunteers from GoodGym - and waders supplied by LB Lewisham! GoodGym had been featured that morning on BBC Breakfast, so to find out more about them, here it is on YouTube And I'm pleased to say they seemed to like Dacres … Continue reading Thank you, GoodGym!
We're starting this low key, building up a group of volunteers to do conservation work at Dacres Wood on the last Tuesdays of each month, starting at 10.30. There'll be at least three of us there tomorrow, mainly pulling more reeds out of the pond, which is essential to keeping it fully frog, toad and … Continue reading Conservation volunteering, tomorrow and following last Tuesdays
Last Saturday saw our last regular "last Saturday" Open Day for 2016, although the last Saturday of October will see volunteers from GoodGym Lewisham helping clear reeds from the pond. But now we are thinking ahead, to 2017 and beyond. Of course, we will resume our regular "last Saturday" Open Days, which we hope will … Continue reading Planning ahead to 2017
Richard Jones - a.k.a. Bugman Jones will be in Dacres Wood this Saturday from 10.00 to 4.30, showing how to be a "curious entomologist". As he explains: Insects are everywhere. They are so many, and so varied — fascinating, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre. Through their mind-boggling biodiversity they offer us a window into the ecological complexity of … Continue reading How to be a curious entomologist
Thanks to Fiona B who contacted us with this recipe ahead of Saturday's blackberrying Open Day: Ingredients 150g/5oz unsalted butter, softened 150/5oz caster sugar 150/5oz ground almonds 150/5oz self raising flour 1 free range egg 10ml/ 2 teaspoons cinnamon 10ml/2teaspoons vanilla extract 225/8oz fresh blackberries Plus some for decoration Icing sugar for dusting Method Preheat … Continue reading Blackberry and Cinnamon Cake – Sounds delicious!
As in 2015, our last Saturday of the month Open Day will be about blackberrying, so come along with your old margarine tubs or other containers. The reserve will be open between 1.00 and 4.00 pm, and entrance is free, but donations to support the work of the Friends group are welcome. We have recently … Continue reading 2016 Blackberry day! – August 27th
Here is our continuously maintained list of tasks to be done at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve and Field Studies centre. Some of the tasks will be simple, some more long term visions, and we will have missed other things volunteers might be able to do, so please use the form here to make suggestions - and … Continue reading Things to do!