Garthorne Road Open Day 20th April 2pm-4pm

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve will be open this Saturday 20th April between 2pm-4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you are keen to become a member of the Friends, please let them know or contact them using one of the many ways listed here.

They are keen for new members to join to help them keep this site as a great haven for nature and to help them have regular open days so lots of people can experience the site in all its glory.

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Spring Summer workdays 2019

Saturday 4th May

Monitor and record flora in compartments and butterfly transect.

Saturday 25th May

Cut back vegetation from paths and butterfly transect

Saturday 27th July

Replacing worn steps on railway loop path and install handrail and path edging and butterfly transect.

What you need to know

All workdays run 11am-3:30pm. Please let us know  which sessions you would like to come to so that we can provide sufficient tools and for the number of volunteers we are expecting and please note the gate will be locked to stop unauthorised access, please contact me by text or phone on 07707023359 so we can let you in. If you are letting us know at the last minute please text Ernie (Chair and task days organiser) on the above number.

This program workdays is subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to weather conditions such as rain or high winds and other matters out of the control of the friends group. Tasks maybe swapped between workdays as necessary.

We have gloves in limited supply, please bring gardening gloves if you have them and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and safety.

If you require more information please contact the Friends of

Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

E-mail: contact@friendsofgarthorneroad.co.uk

Website: Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Facebook: Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Twitter: @garthorneroadnr

Lewisham Conservation Officer:  jessica.kyle@lewisham.gov.uk

Open Days at Garthorne Road 2019

Open Days at the reserve 2019

The site will open on the 3rd Saturday of the month between April – September between 2pm-4pm. A member of the Friends Group will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

20th April   A guided general nature walk around the site with the chair of the ‘Friends of group’ 2:30pm – 3:30pm

18th May

15th June A butterfly and bird walk looking at the different species that use the site 2:30pm -3:30pm

20th July

17th August A tree walk with the chair of the ‘Friends group’ looking at the different species of trees and shrubs 2:00pm – 3:30pm

21st September

Please keep an eye out for future information about special events happening on these dates. We have a lot planned for this year!

If you would like to be more involved in the Friends Group, please get in touch. We are always looking for new members who can help us in any way. This can be anything from opening the site on one of the open days to bringing your skills to the group.

Garthorne Road Open Day – 20 May 2018

The top meadow at Garthorne Road

Sunday 20th May 2018 – 10am – 1pm

The Friends will be opening the reserve come and explore this green oasis and bring a picnic and get closer to nature. The spring flowers have sprung and the birds are singing and the butterflies are fluttering.

For further information contact or to join our events , volunteers and newsletter mailing list, please contact the Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve.

Entrance: Beadnell Road

No Barbecues or Dogs

E-mail: contact@friendsofgarthorneroad.com
Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friendsofgarthorneroadnaturereserve/
Website : garthorneroadnaturereserve.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garthorneroadnr

Our new sign is on its way!

The new sign for Garthorne Road

After a lot of hard work, the new sign for Garthorne Road is on its way.  This sign is similar in style to the ones at some of the Council’s other reserves such as Devonshire Road, Burnt Ash Pond and Grove Park.  It will now feel more part of the ‘family’ and it is very welcome.  A huge thank you to all of the friends, the children of Dalmain Primary School who did the designs and of course Rebecca Woodall, who put the whole thing together.

The sign itself, was made possible thanks to the Kenneth White legacy Award.

Friends of Garthorne Road minutes and funding

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The latest Friends Group minutes are now available for all to view.  At this latest meeting the Friends discussed how they should spend their £2500 funding on.  The grant is specifically to improve the entrance to the site, but there are a lot of options open to them.

The funding has come as part of the Kenneth White legacy.  Kenneth White, ‘was a widely published author of local environmental, social and geographical issues.’  He sadly passed away in 2012, but bequeathed some money to Lewisham’s Nature Reserves.  It was agreed by the Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership that part of this money should be used as grants which for local Friends Groups could bid for to make improvements to their site.  The first of these grants was awarded to the Friends of Garthorne Road to improve the entrance to the nature reserve and make it more welcoming.

Nature’s Gym workday at Garthorne Road

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Creating butterfly scallops

The Nature’s Gym spent a happy few hours in Garthorne Road last week (18th August 2016), creating butterfly scallops in the woodland.  Even as we were working we saw meadow browns and large whites and a few others that refused to keep still, so we couldn’t identify them.  This is an on going management plan and hopefully will result in more butterflies and with any luck some flora. We did uncover some purple loosestrife and rosebay willow herb, and I think there may be a number of other dormant plants just waiting to be uncovered!

Why create scallops?

Woodlands are fantastic habitats for wildlife and including the 40 species of British butterfly. Open space is the most important part of a woodland for butterflies, especially on its edge habitat where the warmest conditions are to be found.  Many woodlands have lost this vital habitat, but they are easy to recreate.  The best woodland edges support a varied habitat structure.  Cutting scallops creates a varied, zoned edge structure and also reduce shading along the adjacent ride and have great potential to improve any existing ride side butterfly habitat. They will increase the overall structural diversity of the woodland and provide sheltered herb-rich grassy areas.

We have followed the ‘Linear Cutting Regime’ with offset scallops) – which creates a far more varied habitat. For more information on scallops and why they are a great way to create new habitats, you might find this leaflet from The Butterfly Conservation Trust useful.

(Lots more information can be found on the Butterfly Conservation Trust website)

Other wildlife found in Garthorne Road