January 2020 Task

Sunday 5 January 2020 Waterworks Nature Reserve reptile and scrub management

Site visit completed ! Update 31/12/19

The nature conservation task on Sunday 5 January 2020 is at the Waterworks Nature Reserve, off Lea Bridge Road, and will involve scrub management. We will be removing buddleia and bramble. 

The task will reclaim the meadow areas from the encroaching scrub to create mosaic basking areas for the resident reptile population. The task will also exposed the dormant soil seed bank. Recent plant sightings at the nature reserve have included the unusual broomrape (Orobanche L.) which is a parasitic plant that has no chlorophyll and relies on its host for nutrients and water. 

The task will create safer areas for the nature reserve’s reptiles to be able to bask and increase the sizes of the many hibernaculum in the Waterworks Nature Reserve. 

Recently bird sightings have included firecrests, bullfinches, treecreepers and common snipe in the nature reserve.

Join Us

Everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV on a conservation task. No experience is required. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. We will be working on damp grassy areas and with brambles. 

We can provide wellingtons in the morning. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair.

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

To join us please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure from the centre. The meeting place is the former golf centre. LBCV volunteers will be around setting up the tools etc. from 9:30am.

If you use What 3 Words our meeting location is ///snacks.settle.nerve 

We will leave the centre at 10am for a walk to the LBCV tool storage area and then on to the task areas around the nature reserve. The task will be in non-public areas of the nature reserve, so if you arrive late please call so you can be collected. 

Please lock bicycles to the stands in front of the Waterworks Centre. There is ample free car parking. 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, just not this one.  

We should be finished by 3:30pm.

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


Future LBCV Tasks  – Remaining Programme 2019-2020

February 2nd Sunday Rammey – Marsh Scrub management – via mini-bus or optional cycle ride 9.5 miles each way

March 1st Sunday Walthamstow Marshes – Bramble bashing