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May 2017 Task

Task Report Sunny day to remove a patch of reed and grass that could over shadow any creeping marshwort in the scrape.

On Sunday 7 May 2017, LBCV will be doing a practical conservation task on Walthamstow Marshes(SSSI) to help the nationally rare Creeping Marshwort, Apium repens (Jacq.) Lag., Apiaceae. It is classified as Critically Endangered in the UK and classified as Vulnerable in Europe.

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Creeping marshwort on Walthamstow Marsh May 2017

Conservation Task Details

Creeping Marshwort, Apium repens (Jacq.) Lag., Apiaceae, is a small, creeping perennial that is listed under the Habitats Directive because of its scarcity and decline in Europe.

Creeping marshwort, Apium repens (Jacq.) Lag., Apiaceae, is known in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and in the Canaries. In Europe it is widely scattered, being found at sites in the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Holland. It grows in a wide range of habitats from mown graves in Austria, riverside gravel banks in Slovenia, under water in Italy, to slightly saline pasture and dune slacks in Holland.

Creeping marshwort has always been rare in England and Scotland with sites in Essex, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Fife and Argyle. During the 1960s it was only known at three sites in Oxfordshire and by the 1970s it was only observed at one site in the whole country. In 2002 it was discovered growing on Walthamstow Marsh, by botanist Brian Wuzzell, near a ditch created by former LVRPA Ranger Dave Miller to help the dragonfly populations. The same ditch is now also supporting a colony of Water Voles. This North East London site is often referred to as Essex in the Oxford Meadows SPAC writings.

The one site known in the UK in 1995 is now designated part of the Oxford Meadows Special Area for Conservation. A Species Action Plan was drawn up in 1995 and the Rare Plants Group of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire was funded to carry out fieldwork under the Species Recovery Programme. The task LBCV is doing on Sunday is drawn from this work and is following a management plan from Natural England.

Join Us

As always everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No experience is required. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

We can provide wellingtons in the morning and you must return them. 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.

Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure. The meeting place is the former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. We will leave at 10am for a walk 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.

Please lock bicycles to the stands in front of the Waterworks Centre. There is ample free car parking there too. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Reserve so please do not cross the bridge with dogs or ride bicycles in the nature reserve. Dogs are still welcome on some tasks, including this one, we just request that their owners wait with the LBCV catering team at the Waterworks Centre, while the tools are loaded. Please read this article if you think we are being draconian http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6978272.stm

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

Volunteering and doing a conservation task with LBCV in North East London, is great way to meet new people, learn new skills, use old skills, be more active, get closer to nature, make a difference and have some fun with like minded people in the Lea Valley Regional Park.
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Countryside Live 2016

Once again we will be at Countryside Live on Leyton Marsh, just behind the Ice Centre on Lea Bridge Road.

Details below are from the Lea Valley Park  website

Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Event:
Countryside Live
Venue:
Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Address:
Lea Bridge Road
Leyton
London
E10 7QL
Date:
Saturday, 24 September 2016 to Sunday, 25 September 2016
Time:
10:00 – 17:00
Price:
Adult £5 (two day pass £7), child FREE. Cash only

Countryside Live

The countryside comes to town!

This family friendly event, bringing the countryside into London, has something for all ages and all interests.

The weekend is packed full of arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show.  There’s also a range of traditional countryside activities to come and try including willow weaving and wood turning or if you just want to watch, you can marvel at the blacksmith demonstrating his trade.

There’s animals galore too! From the more traditional farm animals of sheep, goats, and calves, we’ve also got some smaller animals for you to have a hold of including rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises. We’ve got some shy and unusual visitors including bats and otters and some critters from foreign places too!

Make sure you pop into see many of the local wildlife groups and organisations who can tell you all about their work in and around the Lee Valley.

If you need to take a break, then why not grab something to eat from our onsite caterers and pull up a straw bale for a well deserved rest.

Nearly all of the activities are free, but there is a small charge for a couple of them.

Please see our ‘How to find us’ page for directions and transport links. The site is located behind the Lee Valley Ice Centre and there is limited chargeable parking on site in the Lee Valley Ice Centre car park, so why not jump on the bus or your bike to come and see us.

Please note it is cash-only entry. There are no cash points on site or in the immediate vicinity.

August 2016 Task

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Scything Workshop 2014

The LBCV August task is a week early to coincide with the Community Haystacks Weekend, on Sunday 31st July 2016.

The Rangers have arranged for LBCV Volunteers and other volunteer groups in the LVRPA to have a free scything workshop with scything expert Clive Leeke from 10:30. In the afternoon there will be a chance to practise scything or to join the site ranger for a leisurely paced walk exploring Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes.

Details of the whole weekend are below. Please note the Sunday morning scything workshop is not mentioned as it is just for volunteer groups. If you cannot make Sunday morning other workshops are available on Saturday at a cost of £15 per session.

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July 2016 Task

On Sunday 3 July 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a task to help manage the invasive species encroaching on the Water Vole Refuge. We will be removing seed heads and pulling plants from the South Marsh of Walthamstow Marshes.

Water Voles have a conservation status of protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and are classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Please wear sturdy footwear, wellingtons if possible and appropriate clothing (long trousers) for the work and weather. We will be working in long wet 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 just after 10am for a walk to the task site.

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

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.

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.