The August conservation task is on Sunday 6 August 2017, in the Green Flag awarded Waterworks Nature Reserve, formerly the Essex Filter Beds.
We will be working in the filter beds doing reed bed management, clearing an area outside the reedbeds with a bramble bash and constructing a hibernacula.
The task will help to maintain the successional nature of the filter beds around the wellhead, which demonstrate the reclamation of an industrial site from open water to deciduous woodland.
The filter bed we are working in is a reed bed. This reed bed is a nesting site for Reed Bunting and Reed Warblers and a hunting ground for Grass Snakes, which can be observed swimming in the pools. If this reed bed was not managed it would dry out and become a grass meadow, which has been allowed to happen to the other beds in the sequence of nature’s reclamation process.
The bramble bash will use slashers and loppers to clear an area where we will construct a hibernacula. Previous hibernaculum construction tasks have resulted in a healthy growing population of grass snakes at the Waterworks Nature Reserve.
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 start to the task. 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.
Please wait by the reception counter, even if the receptionist claims to know nothing about LBCV !! We will be around, setting things up for the task.
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, but NOT this one. 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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