Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

An oasis of calm in Forest Hill

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A snowy day at the reserve Saturday 17th March 2018


Violets in the snow



Snowy embankment path


Snowy main path


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Friends of Garthorne Road Workday Saturday 2nd December 10am – 1pm

IMG_5297 tamping down the gravel

We will be installing path edging around the reserve to stop trampling and the paths getting wide and also time permitting install a couple of steps and hand rails, some heavy lifting involved.Tools will be provided, please bring gloves.

Event will be cancelled in heavy rain or strong winds

Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.
For further details contact the Friends send a message.
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Garthorne Road workday 4th Saturday March 10am-1pm


The Friends will be building steps out of railway sleepers, to improve access to the meadow areas , also will be constructing some dead hedging around the meadows and along the paths to create a habitat for the birds and insects.

Tools will be supplied. We have a few pairs of gloves, but please bring your own if you have them.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather

For further information contact the Friends
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Garthorne Road workday 11th February 2017 10am-1pm

Nature's Gym workday

Garthorne Road workday

The Friends first task-day will be to clear invasive species to open up the woodland floor to allow the light to reach it for the flora to expand.  Tools will be supplied.  We have a few pairs of gloves, but please bring your own if you have them

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather

For further information contact the Friends

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Nature’s Gym workday at Garthorne Road

2 Alix and Helen

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