May 2024 Nature Conservation Task

On Sunday 5th May 2024, Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a nature conservation task in the Waterworks Nature Reserve. The task will involve removing light vegetation from a shingle bank to create an invertebrate and reptile basking area. Why are we creating a basking area ? Well many species of bee, solitary wasp, spider and beetle are dependent on bare ground to hunt and nest because these areas provide the necessary warm micro-climate and easy tunnelling. However, bare ground does not remain bare for a long time as vegetation colonises and soon the bare ground is lost. The shingle bank created from the spoils of the recent ponds created an open bare ground. on the filter bed wall.  

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No experience is needed. No forms to complete. Just turn up ! LBCV will provide the training and tools along with the tea, coffee and biscuits. Bring your own packed lunch and water. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the task and weather.
Everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No  experience is required. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. We will be working amongst brambles, thistles and nettles and sharp tools. 
We are out of lockdown but some restrictions still need to apply for LBCV to safely be able to run volunteer tasks in the Lea Valley Park, with the restrictions below.
If you are ill, feel ill or have been in contact with somebody who is self-isolating please do not volunteer
Cleanse your hands before eating or drinking.
LBCV can supply  wellington boots to work in, please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair.
LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, coffee, tea and biscuits. Please bring some lunch and water.
Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure to collect tools and gloves. The meeting place is by the bike racks in front of the Waterworks Centre, across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. If you use what three words ///guises.manage.entry is the location.
Please lock bicycles to the stands in front of the Waterworks Centre. There is ample free car parking. Dogs are not allowed in the Nature Reserve so please do not cross the bridge with dogs or ride bicycles in the nature reserve. Dogs are welcome on some tasks, but not this one.
We should be finished by 4pm and as it is a Bank Holiday week we will be heading to Blondies Tap Room for post task refreshments. 
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.