March 2020 task

Sunday 1 March Walthamstow Marshes Bramble bashing

More details after the site visit.

Post site visit report. On Sunday 1 March 2020, LBCV will be doing a bramble bash, controlling invasive species management on Walthamstow Marshes(SSSI). 

This month’s nature conservation task will be on Walthamstow Marshes helping to preserve the rare flora that exist on the Marshes. It will be wet so please wear wellington boots or collect a pair in the morning from the LBCV tools container at the Waterworks Nature Reserve. They must be returned to the container at the end of the task at 4pm or sooner if we finish early. 

Conservation Task Details

Walthamstow Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI, pronounced “triple S, I”) declared under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. Covering 55.4 Hectares (136.9 acres), it is part of a Green Flag Awarded Nature Reserve that also includes Coppermill Fields and Leyton Marsh. This Nature Reserve is a remnant of London’s once widespread river valley grasslands and is especially important for its plant and insect life containing a national rarity in creeping marshwort along with long-stalked orache, black poplar, brookweed, penny-royal, water vole, bats; soldier-flies, snail-killing flies, orthoptera, reed bunting, linnet and song thrush. The marshes are former Lammas lands, in that commoners had rights to graze there from 12 August to 6 April.

The aim of the task is to help reclaim the meadow areas, before the bird breeding season. 

Walthamstow Marshes are under Higher Level Stewardship in that they are being grazed by traditional bred cattle, Belted Galloways.