Nature Conservation Volunteers at River Roding

Nature Conservation Workdays and Events

If you have some spare time on your hands and would like to enjoy the great outdoors, then why not help us to keep our parks and opens spaces smart? It's a great way to exercise, meet new friends and help the environment, all at the same time. For more information call 020 8559 2316 or email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk

 

Talks

Come along to these RSPB talks with special guest speakers.

Contact: To find out more email nelondonrspb@yahoo.co.uk / 020 8989 4746 or visit the RSPB website.

Date and time Talk and Guest Speaker Price and Venue

Tuesday 10 September

8pm to 10pm

 

Looking for the Goshawk
In the UK it is easier to find a stuffed goshawk in a  museum than to get to see one in the flesh and feathers. Conor Jameson has travelled to many places to do better, and written a book about it.

£4 for RSPB and Wren Group members, £4.50 for non-RSPB members. Children free.

 

Gwinnell Room, St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PA

Free parking after 6:30pm on the High Road, or Derby Road car park (a short walk from the church)

 

 

Free Events

All free events can be booked via our Ticket Tailor box office

 

Beekeeper Tours Over 18s only Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators, so we’re offering members of the public the chance to meet our very own bee keepers from Black Bee Honey, and their bees at Ray Park. Find out about the skills and equipment needed to keep bees, and if you are brave, don a beekeeper suit and see them up close and personal!

Times:

Slot 1: 11am to midday

Slot 2: 1pm to 2pm

Age: 18 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

Join the Nature Conservation Team for the final part of our Roding Valley Walk series. Starting at Ray Park, we’ll head south along the River Roding whilst looking out for late summer flora and fauna. After reaching Wanstead Park we’ll stop for a tea break before heading back north along the river path. This walk will last approximately 4 hours, and some paths will be unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Times: 9am to 2pm

Age: 7 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

The following events are part of National Park City Festival.

Join bushcraft trainer, Wendy Paton, in our very own outdoor classroom at Ray Park. You’ll learn how to safely forage a range of plants, various fire lighting methods, how to make
rustic bread to cook over the fire, and taste some jams made from foraged ingredients!

Times: 5pm to 8pm

Age: 18 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

Redbridge has 11 species of bat, and we need to give them all the help we can! An opportunity to learn how to make your own bat boxes, help biodiversity, and pick up useful skills in basic carpentry! The boxes made will be used in parks and open spaces around the borough as part of our bat box monitoring scheme.

Times: 10am to 2.30pm

Age: 16 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

Join bat expert and rescuer, Jenny Clark, to hear about the great work she and local bat groups are doing to rescue and care for injured bats, what you can do to help, and an amazing opportunity to see bats currently undergoing rehabilitation!

Times: Midday to 1pm

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

 

An opportunity to explore the River Roding and develop your skills in river surveying methods. Cycle to the event along the Roding Valley Way and get your bike checked over by Dr Bike! 

Times: 10am to 2.30pm

Age: 16 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

We’re offering members of the public the chance to meet our very own bee keepers from Black Bee Honey, and their wonderful bees at Ray Park. Find out about the skills and equipment needed to keep bees, and if you are brave, don a beekeeper suit and see them up close and personal!

Times:

Slot 1: 11am to midday

Slot 2: 1pm to 2pm

Age: 18 years plus

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

We'll be joining the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and WREN group for a tour of East London’s iconic Wanstead Park and River Roding. Find out about the amazing natural and
archaeological heritage of the area, and its connection to Epping Forest.

This walk will last approximately 2 hours, and some paths will be unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Times: 11am to 1pm

 

Booking: Booking essential via Ticket Tailor box office

 

Part of National Park City Festival

 

Children's Events

Join Vision’s Nature Conservation Ranger, Anna MacLaughlin, for fun, family-friendly activities to learn all about our prickly pals! Hedgehogs are one of the UK’s favourite  mammals. And there’s plenty you can do to help them. Gardens and urban green spaces are so important for hogs, and by making your garden more hedgehog-friendly you
can ensure these cute, innocent creatures continue tolive with us for years to come.  At our Hoggy Habits workshop we’ll be getting crafty and learning about hedgehog diets and lifecycles. What little steps can families take to make a garden at home a Hedgehog haven. You will also create your very own hedgehog craft works to take home! Discover with your children how to search for a hedgehog in your garden and find out how to become the ultimate hedgehog champion!

Suitable for 5 years plus

 

Wanstead Library

Wednesday 31 July 11am to 12.30pm

Hainault Library

Monday 5 August 11am to 12.30pm

Redbridge Central Library

Wednesday 14 August 11am to 12.30pm

 

FREE, book in advance at the relevant library or take a chance on the day.

 

Practical Conservation Workdays

All of the workdays take place at 10am to 2:30pm, unless otherwise stated.

Date and time Activity Meeting Point
25 June
10am to 1pm

Hainault Forest and Meadow Butterfly Survey
Following on from last month’s survey, we’ll be continuing to gather data on butterfly species distribution and abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
for availability.

2 July

Claybury Woodland Condition Assessment Day
We’ll use the skill gained at our previous woodland
condition assessment training to survey the woods of
Claybury. Attendees that haven’t had prior training are also welcome to join us.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
for availability.

9 July
10am to 1pm

Seven Kings Park Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be continuing to gather data on butterfly species distribution and abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
for availability.

16 July
10am to 1pm

Claybury Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the site by
removing litter.

Claybury entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near junction with Wedmore Avenue IG5 0XF

30 July
10am to 1pm

Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the area
around the tip by removing litter.

Chigwell Road Reuse & Recycling Centre, Woodford IG8 8PP

6 August
10am to 1pm

Fairlop Waters Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be continuing to gather data on butterfly species distribution and abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
for availability.

13 August

Roding Valley Park Maintenance
Help us keep the cycle track paths clear of encroaching
vegetation, litter pick and tend to the river bank margins.

Royston Gardens entrance to Roding Valley Park, Redbridge IG1 3SS

20 August

River Roding Surveys
Teams will be surveying for aquatic invertebrate and
macrophyte species present within the northern, wilder
areas of the River Roding.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
for availability.

27 August

Fairlop Lagoon Workday
Help us manage the banks of the lagoon and surrounding seasonal ponds by clearing willow and vegetation.

Fairlop Waters car park (west – next to Owls Play Centre), Forest Road IG6 3HN
Car parking charges apply, pay via RingGo

3 September
10am to 1pm

Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving
accessibility and removing litter.

Wooden archway entrance on Chigwell Road, near to Charlie Brown’s roundabout E18 1NN

10 September
10am to 1pm

Roding Valley Park Maintenance
We’ll be repairing the entrance sign to the park, and
undertaking some light management along the pathways to ensure accessibility.

Nutter Lane entrance to Roding Valley Park, adjacent to Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane E11 2JA

Date and time Activity Meeting Point
27 June
10am to 1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving accessibility and removing litter.

Entrance to Roding Valley Park Vista Drive IG4 5JF

4 July
10am to 1pm
Claybury Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be
continuing to gather data on butterfly species
distribution and abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk

18 July Hainault Forest Ditch Management
We’ll be working on the woodland ditch system,
installing leaky log dams to help manage the flow of
water, using timber from our recent tree operations. Will
involve a 15 minute walk to the work site.

First car park, Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road IG7 4QN
Car parking charges apply, pay via RingGo

1 August Hainault Lodge Practical Conservation
Join us for a day of practical conservation, as we work to
remove litter and cut back vegetation from the paths and
vehicle track at this local nature reserve.

Redbridge Cycling Centre car park, Forest Road, Hainault IG6 3HP

8 August
10am to 1pm
Claybury Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the site by
removing litter.

Claybury entrance on Roding Lane North, near ELHAP Centre IG8 8NA

15 August Roding Valley Park Backwater Bridge Maintenance
We’ll be cutting back overhanging vegetation, removing
ivy growing along the fencing and balustrades, treating
and re-varnishing, and clearing litter from the area.

Roding Valley Park Orchard gate on Roding Lane South, near to junction with Whitney Avenue IG4 5PP

22 August River Roding Surveys
Teams will be surveying for aquatic invertebrate and
macrophyte species present within the canalised regions
of the River Roding.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk

29 August Ray Park Conservation Maintenance
We’ll be attending to the vegetable beds, weeding the
paths and orchard area, and building bird boxes for
installation at other sites later on in the year.

James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford IG8 7JQ

5 September Seven Kings Wildlife Area & River Clean Up
Join us as we make headway clearing the neglected
wildlife area. We’ll be cutting back brambles, extending
the stag beetle stumpery, and clearing litter from the river.

Seven Kings Park wildlife area (alongside skate park), Farnham Road, Ilford IG3 8QD

12 September
10am to 1pm
Roding Valley Park & Pond Improvement
We’ll be repairing the entrance sign to the park, and
undertaking some light management along the
pathways to ensure accessibility.

James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford IG8 7JQ

 

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