World Wetlands Day with Walthamstow Wetlands
Below are details of the Wildlife Trusts Wetland Day on the 2nd February, which is being hosted online over zoom:
The events are:
10:00 – Come and join guest speaker Ian Crump, Biodiversity Field Officer for Thames Water, for a talk about freshwater habitats, their management, uses as vital sources of supply and habitats for a wide range of species, to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2021
12:30 – Join Walthamstow Wetlands visitor engagement ranger, Pete, to explore the types of wetland around the world, the life they support, the ecosystem services they provide and why they are worth protecting and restoring.
15:00 – Join patch birder and volunteer, Daniel Whitelegg, to get an inside peek of the reserves seasonal comings and goings. Learn how important the reservoirs are for over 140 species and why they choose to spend their lives here. From the glamourous bearded tit to the ubiquitous but overlooked greylag goose.
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This has been a strange old year for all of us, but I am pleased that we have still manged to get so much work done. We hope that we will be back to some sort of normality in the Spring and will be able to start taking bigger groups out. Thank you to everyone that has joined us on one of our sessions in 2020 – our rivers and banksides are all the better for your work! We look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
For those of you who have spent time with me and other volunteer groups in activities such as The 3 Rivers Clean Up clearing himalayan balsam know what great fun it is. You may wonder, however if it is all worthwhile? Of course we know it is because in Lewisham we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of HB in the years that we have been running the 3 Rivers Clean Up and other similar sessions.
The Tweed Invasives Project has been tackling invasive plant species in and around the River Tweed and its tributaries since 2002, when Giant Hogweed was identified as one of the biggest threats to the River. Since then, they have added Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam to their list of invasives. With all this fantastic experience, they have produced a ‘best practice’ manual, The Tweed Invasives Project: 18 Years of Catchment-wide Control, which gives a detailed guide to delivering a long-term, catchment-scale invasives control programme.
It is a fantastic document highlighting all the different ways in which you can control these species. For those of you that only want to read about Himalayan balsam, you will find this from p24 onwards.
Due to the most recent advice from the UK Government and from Lewisham Council, we have decided to cancel the Rivers and People volunteering sessions and until further notice. I appreciate that you may be disappointed by this news, but in light of the current advice this we feel this is the best course of action. I will of course update you as advice changes.
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We look forward to seeing you again soon.
There are a lot of wonderful volunteers out there who help keep our rivers clean, from the Friends of the River Pool to Nature’s Gym to Thames21. Part of the reason our rivers are so lovely, is down to this dedicated bunch of people. This is usually the time of year when we, along with a number of partners, would be great ready for the the 3 Rivers Clean Up. Unfortunately, with the way things are currently, we are not sure if this will be able to go ahead. This is a great shame because not only is it great fun, it is a lovely way to meet people and also get to see parts of the Borough you may not know about and experience from a new angle. Thankfully, local resident and very active volunteer Lawrence is here to help. On his blog Mental Mapping he has created a ‘virtual tour’ of Lewisham’s Rivers.
The tour takes in the rivers Ravensbourne, Quaggy and Pool along with their associated tributaries. You will get an idea of the flora and geomorphology along the rivers along with the type of great work the volunteers do.
If you are keen to get involved in volunteering along the rivers, keep an eye out on the following blogs, where we will post updates information about events you’ll be able to take part in – hopefully in the not too distance future!
The Friends of Brookmill Park are putting on a series of really interesting talks on a number of environmental areas (Birds/Trees/ Flood mitigation etc).
Come along to informative talks on topics of local interest by outstanding speakers, kindly hosted by our friendly local – The Brookmill Pub.
When: Sunday evenings 6.30 for 6.45 start, finish 8.00
Tickets: £5.00 on the door
Location: The Brookmill Pub, 65 Cranbrook Road, SE8 4EJ
Please note talks take place in the upstairs room. Talks audio-recorded for anyone unable to use the stairs.
Proceeds go towards activities in the park.
Fixed term contract part time (9 months maternity leave)
DEADLINE for Applications: 12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019
Creekside Education Trust
Creekside Education Trust runs the Creekside Discovery Centre on Deptford Creek. The Centre provides an exciting range of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages that include discovery walks in Deptford Creek at low tide. Participants wear waders and are able to wade through the water, experiencing an urban wild river while gaining insight into biodiversity, wildlife, and the history of the area. We deliver educational sessions on science, history and geography for thousands of local children every year. Families, community groups, and pre-school groups also participate in various activities. Creekside Discovery Centre is unique, being situated in a completely urban context. The grounds are managed for maximum biodiversity with over 300 species of wildflower on a site of under 0.26 hectares.
Creekside Education Trust Learning Deliverers are a team responsible for delivery of outdoor education sessions during term time at Creek Discovery Centre. The sessions include low tide walks within Deptford Creek. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in delivering environmental education and learning outside the classroom in a unique setting in London. This position is for two days a week with flexibility to be term time only.
- Delivery of outdoor education sessions for primary schools focusing on rivers, local wildlife, science, local history and geography.
- Comply with all Creekside Education Trust health and safety procedures, including risk assessments.
- Adhere to the policies as laid out in the Creekside Education Trust Staff Handbook including safeguarding and child protection.
- Setting up and clearing away before and after sessions. This can include tidying, sweeping, organising resources, moving tables, chairs and benches and tidying bathrooms.
- Assist with promoting Creekside Education Trust and our activities. This can include contributions to our social media accounts and our website.
- Support and supervise any volunteers involved in the delivery of education sessions.
- Complete any other task reasonably requested by the Coordinator or other staff members.
- Experience of working with primary school aged children
- Demonstrable interest in history, geography or science
- Experience in delivering out of classroom learning
- Willingness to work as part of a supportive team but also able to act on own initiative
- Confident and comfortable in dealing with a range of schools, volunteers and members of the public as well as groups and individuals
- IT skills including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook email, Google Calendar
- Willingness to support pupils with physical, emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties and to enable their inclusion within visits to Creekside Discovery Centre
- Ability to maintain a calm and positive learning environment
- Enthusiasm for the role and a genuine interest in our charity, Creekside Education Trust
- Website management skills and experience of developing a social media following e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- First Aid at Work qualification (training or refresher training can be provided if required)
Creekside Education Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate. Given the physical nature of this post including walking on a steep sided river bank and a river bed with an uneven rocky surface, if you do have mobility issues, please contact the Coordinator directly to find out more about the role. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
To apply for this role, please complete the application form and send it by email to or by post to Creekside Discovery Centre, 14, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Thursday, 24th October 2019.
Interviews will be held on Friday 1st November. Please notify on your application if you are unable to attend an interview on this date.