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August 2021 Conservation Volunteering task

    August 2021 Nature Conservation Task  

On Sunday 1 August 2021, LBCV will be in the ditches on Walthamstow Marshes to remove reedmace to open up this waterway for dragonflies and the watervole communities in this SSSI Nature Reserve. To join us, meet at the Waterworks Centre, Lammas Road from 9:30am – 10am. 

Conservation Task Details

The aim of the task is to remove some reedmace by either pulling the rhizomes or cutting below the water level to drown it. This will provide open water areas for dragonflies to hunt. While doing the task we need to cautious as the ditch contains the invasive azolla, mosquito fern, duckweed fern and we must take precautions to stop it spread to other parts of the ditch and nearby waterbodies.

Water Voles – Full Legal Protection In England & Wales

Water voles were given full legal protection in England & Wales on the 6th April 2008 by provisions under section 9 of Schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Schedule 5 of this Act makes it an offence to intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any structure or place that a water vole uses for shelter or protection. It is also an offence to disturb, kill or injure a water vole or handle a water vole without a licence. (Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981). Disturbing or harming a water vole, damaging its habitat or destroying or blocking water vole burrows could lead to prosecution. Offences carry a maximum penalty of £5,000.

Alternative task
Depending on number of volunteers and how it is in the ditch, we can also pull the common ragwort from Lammas Meadow, as having ragwort in the hay cuts reduces the uses of hay.   

Why Remove Ragwort ?
Ragwort poisoning can have a devastating effect on horses in particular, as well as being damaging to cattle and other animals. Ingestion of Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea either in its green or dried state, can cause serious liver damage, which can have tragic consequences for both animals and owners. Ragwort is the only one of the five weeds covered by the Weeds Act 1959, which is harmful to equines and other animals. However, in the right place, and where there is no risk to animal welfare, ragwort contributes to the biodiversity of the flora and fauna in our countryside. But next to a field with 11 cattle grazing with 4 in calf and within a quarter mile of the Riding Centre it needs to be controlled.           

Join Us  

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 in a ditch with brambles and nettles on the bank 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 Please wash your hands before the task in warm water or hand sanitiser. Use gloves when handling all tools, touching gates or other items in the park Do not share tools. Please maintain a social distance of at least 1m in the container. Wash your hands before eating or drinking in warm water or hand sanitiser We will provide chest waders and wader for those that want to go into the ditch. Volunteers are also needed to stay on the bank for the safety of those in the water. 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 still welcome on some tasks, including this one. We should be finished by 3-4pm. 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.    

December 2020 Task

Somewhere on Walthamstow Marshes Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a nature conservation task, all welcome see task reminder email for more details, subribe below

Any questions please email as our mobile number is out of action waiting for a new SIM card.

Decemeber’s 2020 task involved planting 153 tree whips from a possible 300+ tree whips, to create a new hedge.   Locally felled trees were already chipped by the rangers and used as a mulch to protect the saplings from competition from weeds and retain moisture in the soil and protect the young root systems from frosts. See photo montage

September 2018 Task

On Sunday 9 September 2018, LBCV will be doing reed bed management in the Middlesex Filter Beds. This task is not the usual first Sunday and it is a change of location from previous task list reminders. We will still meet at the Waterworks Centre from 9:30 – 10am to prepare the tools etc. If you meet us onsite without telling us then we will not have enough tools or gloves for you.

Reed beds are dynamic ecosystems providing temporal and spatial variations in habitats which are key to maintaining high a diversity of flora and fauna. Reed Bed Management helps maintain a range of successional stages which help maximise conservation and biodiversity.

January 2018 Task

The nature conservation task on Sunday 7 January 2018 at the Waterworks Nature Reserve  will involve reptile and scrub management.

The task will reclaim the meadow areas from the encroaching scrub to create mosaic basking areas for the resident reptile population by detailed edge management techniques.   Some people may say it is a bramble bash !

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. 

Join Us

As always 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 grassed areas and with brambles. 

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 the 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 from the centre. The meeting place is the former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. If the centre is open we will meet inside by the reception counter, if it is closed we will meet infront of the centre on the car park side, by the bike racks.  LBCV volunteers will be around setting up the tools etc. from 9:30am.

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 is 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 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, just 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

Volunteering and doing a 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 like minded people in the Lea Valley Regional Park.
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