Walk with bats, birds and trees with Great North Wood project

Great North WoodThe Great North Wood project, run by the London Wildlife Trust, is an initiative that aims to engage local people to help protect and enhance an invaluable landscape.

The Great North Wood is one of London’s most valuable Living Landscapes.

Once covered in woodland and wooded commons, the area of ancient woodland stretched from the Thames at Deptford to what we know today as Streatham Common and Norwood – which owes its name to “North Wood”.

The Great North Wood covered a wide expanse of south-east London

The Great North Wood covered a wide expanse of south-east London

What was once the Great North Wood is now made up of more than 20 woodland fragments which are supported by a mosaic of parks and other green spaces, linked by gardens and street trees.

The Great North Wood remains a hugely important resource that supports more than 200 species of trees and flowering plants including wild garlic, early dog violet and bugle.

It is also home to a multitude of fungi, rare insects, birds and small mammals.

“The Great North Wood has a critical role for access to nature, London’s resilience to climate change, and for our wellbeing,” says the project organiser, Sam Bentley-Toon.

The Great North Wood project has begun with a nine-month development stage which will see London Wildlife Trust working with volunteers, community groups and local councils to raise awareness of the woodlands.

If the first stage is successful, the Trust will seek funding of around £700,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure significant improvements to the wood, with the aim of providing substantial benefits to London’s woodland environment and the people that live near to it.

Among the sessions being arranged as part of the development phase are a series of talks, walks and field education sessions, suitable for south Londoners of all ages who want to discover more about their local natural history.

One of the first is this Thursday, June 2, with a Tree Walk in Crystal Palace Park. The walk starts at 7pm, meeting outside Crystal Palace railway station. For further information, contact  sbtoon@wildlondon.org.uk/0773 459 9286

On Friday June 10, meeting just before dusk as we approach mid-summer at 8.30pm there’s a Bat Walk at Sydenham Wells Park, by the lake. Meeting near the Longton Avenue gate. Contact dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk/0773 459 9728 for more details.

Tuesday June 14 at 2pm there’s a History Talk at Dulwich Library. Details from dgreenwood@wildlondon.org.uk/0773 459 9728

On Thursday June 16 from noon, there’s a Butterfly Walk in Crystal Palace Park. Meet outside Crystal Palace station. Details: twileman@wildlondon.org.uk/ 0797 312 2283

AcornsTuesday July 5 from 9pm there is a Bat Walk in Crystal Palace Park. Meet at Crystal Palace station. Details: sbtoon@wildlondon.org.uk/ 0773 459 9286

Friday July 8 from 8am sees a Bird Walk in Crystal Palace Park. Meet outside Crystal Palace station. Details: mwaller@wildlondon.org.uk/ 0781 609 5581

On Saturday July 9 from 11am to 4pm there’s a Citizen Science session: Tree ID and survey training at Crystal Palace Park. Please contact in advance your intention to attend: sbtoon@wildlondon.org.uk/ 0773 459 9286

Saturday July 23, 11am to 4pm, Citizen Science: Butterfly ID and survey training at Crystal Palace Park. Meet outside Crystal Palace station. Please contact in advance your intention to attend: sbtoon@wildlondon.org.uk/ 07734 599286

To find out more about the project and how to get involved contact Sam (Project Development Officer) – sbtoon@wildlondon.org.uk/07734 599288 or visit the Great North Wood online:  www.wildlondon.org.uk/great-north-wood or follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GreatNorthWood


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