On Sunday 4th September 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a practical conservation task at the Waterworks Nature Reserve on Lea Bridge Road.
The work will help preserve the architectural heritage of these mid-late 18th century water filtration beds, constructed by East London Water Company. The filter beds were originally called the Essex Filter Beds as they were on the Essex side of the River Lea, the boundary with Middlesex. They now form the Waterworks Nature Reserve an enclosed nature reserve with one of the biggest bird hides in London, if not southern England. The nature reserve is dog free area, so unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs on this month’s task.
The task will involve removing scrub encroaching on the open beds and walls. A selective bramble bash will be done to contain the bramble from taking over but allowing it to still provide shelter and forage in various areas, but taking back areas for the cowslips and wild flower meadows.
The removed vegetation will be used to form habitat piles away from the bed floors. Our previous buildings of habitat piles and hibernacula have meant this year’s survey of reptiles and amphibians at the Waterworks NR has seen a healthy increase.
Tools to be used include bow saws, loppers and slashers.
All welcome to join us, no experience required. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task and weather. We will be working in long reed/grass so closed shoes/boots and long trousers and sleeves will be best. Please bring some lunch or you can pop to the cafe, at the Waterworks Centre. We will provide the tools, gloves, training, tea, coffee and biscuits.
To join us, just turn up at 1 Connaught Close, E10 7QS, opposite Horse Riding Centre on Lea Bridge Road, from 9:45am to 10am. Volunteers will be at Connaught from 9:30am setting up the tools etc. We can provide wellingtons, if you do not have suitable footwear. The task site is a short walk from Connaught Close where indoor cycle parking is available.