Even though as a Friends group we are thinking about what we'll be doing in 2016, the weather is still cold, and the pond is flooded, making getting round it difficult unless wearing gumboots. Last weekend we had a bird walk let by Paul, where the highlight was seeing a sparrow hawk, perched high in … Continue reading Weekly Walk, March 18th 2016
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 … Continue reading Chat about what to do in reserve this Sunday?
It's still cold, and not that much evidence of Spring coming, except for the birdsong, which seems to be getting more urgent, as territories are being set up to be defended. And today, for the first time, I too saw the Goldcrests - attracted by Nicki's iPhone's recording of Goldcrest song. With my camera I … Continue reading Weekly walk, March 8th 2016
Another cold day, and the paths round the pond are still flooded, and in places elsewhere they are slippery with mud, especially on the slopes - I can see that sometime this year we should try to replace the steps which were once there. Again I saw the mallard, and even got a photo of … Continue reading Weekly walk, 1st March 2016
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 … Continue reading Booking Dacres Wood
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 … Continue reading Dacres Wood and Mayow Park Bird Walk
Just a few photos today. At least I got one of the mallards, but they obviously don't like having me walking around, and as in previous weeks, were soon off and away. I'm worrying a bit that I might be putting them off nesting. I've also been looking out for frogspawn - as has Ema, … Continue reading Weekly walk, February 23rd
An exciting email yesterday - The London Wildlife have secured some funding to promote, rediscover and connect the Great North Wood - and we're delighted to be identified as 'core activity woodland' For more about the project, download this PDF Great north wood info sheet
Another frosty day, with the sunlight on the ice over the pond quite beautiful. At this time of year - bar the ice - the pond is quite clear, but the shoots of yellow flag are already sticking up through the surface. In a few months they will have bloomed, and the sweet reed grass … Continue reading Weekly walk, February 16th 2016