Category Archives: Tasks

Practical Conservation Tasks done the first Sunday of every month by LBCV

June 2016 Task

On Sunday 5 June 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a task to help manage the invasive species at the Waterworks Nature Reserve, formally known as the Essex Filter Beds, on Lea Bridge Road.

We will be removing Goats Rue and possibly Himalayan Balsam, but on the site visit there was no sightings of it growing in the usual locations in the filter beds. So our work has been very successful in removing Himalayan Balsam from this site.

June 2015's Invasive species pickings
June 2015’s Invasive species pickings. Goats Rue on left Himalayan Balsam to the front.

Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. We will be working in long grass.

As always no experience required, all are welcome.

Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

We will meet at 1 Connaught Close, Leyton, London E10 7QS (across from the Horse Riding Centre) from 9.30am to gather the tools and leave at 10am for a short walk to the task

Indoor bicycle parking is available at Connaught Close. We will return at 4pm.

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.

April 2016 Task

On Sunday 3rd April 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers (LBCV) will be doing a practical conservation task in the Middlesex Filter Beds. The tasks will include bed wall clearance. Mosses and ferns present will be  left and the removal will concentrate on the bramble and woodier species. This will help preserve the walls and also prevent the ferns and mosses being swamped by dominant species. There will also be an opportunity to plant Bed 1a with bat friendly flora.

Please wear sturdy footwear  and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

As always no experience required

Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

We will meet at 1 Connaught Close, Leyton, London E10 7QS from 9.30am and leave at 10am for a mini-bus trip to the task site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, before the tools talk, please text 07757 766950, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves. Indoor bicycle parking is available at Connaught Close.

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.

March 2016 Task

On Sunday 6th March 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers (LBCV) will be doing scrub management and bed wall conservation in the Middlesex Filter Beds. The task will remove bramble and saplings that would take over open areas of the filter beds if not controlled. The cut scrub will be burnt onsite to prevent nutrient build up in this nature reserve. Scrub management will include a traditional bramble bash as well as cutting out small shrubs/bushes and trees with loppers and bowsaws. An additional task will be bed wall clearance. Mosses and ferns present will be  left and the removal will concentrate on the bramble and woodier species. This will help preserve the walls and also prevent the ferns and mosses being swamped by dominant species.

Please wear sturdy footwear, preferably wellingtons and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

As always no experience required

We can provide wellingtons at Connaught Close in the morning and you must return them to Connaught Close. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair. Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

We will meet at 1 Connaught Close, Leyton, London E10 7QS from 9.30am and leave at 10am for a mini-bus trip to the task site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, before the tools talk, please text 07757 766950, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves. Indoor bicycle parking is available at Connaught Close. Anybody wanting to meet us on site should wait at the Rammey Marsh car park on Smeaton Road across from The Greyhound, from 10:30am onwards, we will be there as soon as possible depending traffic.

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.

February 2016 Task

On Sunday 7th February 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing scrub management on Rammey Marsh. The task as part of LVRPA Higher Level Stewardship of Rammey Marsh is to help reduce the scrub on Rammey Marsh to below 25% coverage. The cut scrub will be used to build a hibernaculum as part of LVRPA participation in Frog Life’s London Dragon Finders project. Scrub management will include a traditional bramble bash as well as cutting out small shrubs/bushes and trees with loppers and bowsaws.

Please wear sturdy footwear, preferably wellingtons and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

As always no experience required. We can provide wellingtons at Connaught Close in the morning and you must return them to Connaught Close. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair. Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

We will meet at 1 Connaught Close, Leyton, London E10 7QS from 9.30am and leave at 10am for a mini-bus trip to the task site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, before the tools talk, please text 07757 766950, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves. Indoor bicycle parking is available at Connaught Close. Anybody wanting to meet us on site should wait at the Rammey Marsh car park on Smeaton Road across from The Greyhound, from 10:30am onwards, we will be there as soon as possible depending traffic.

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.

Rammey Marsh is on the River Lea just inside the M25.  We will be travelling there by mini-bus and there will also be a cycle ride to the task site, off-road along the River Lea tow path, approximately 8 miles. Rammey Marsh

January 2016 Task

01052011552On Sunday 3rd January 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing pond management in Horseshoe Thicket. The aim will be to arrest succession by clearing vegetation within the ponds and aiming to leave 30% open water.

As always no experience required. We can provide waders or wellingtons at Connaught Close in the morning and you must return them to Connaught Close. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair. Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.