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March 2018

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Natural History of Lee Valley Park

Natural History of Lee Valley Park

Paul Roper works for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, a good place for a keen birder who knows one sort of gull from another.

Paul took us from the northern most part of the 27-mile long Lee Valley, staring around Amwell Nature Reserve, right down to where the River Lea meets the River Thames at East India Dock Basin. It was fascinating to see the aerial views of where many of us have walked in the past.

Some of the photos were a few years old with some obvious missing landmarks such as the White Water Centre (but Paul was pleased that a drone was now available so was expecting to update the photos!). Interesting to know that of the seven Barn Owl nest boxes that were erected around the LV, the most successful one has been the one right next to the White Water Centre with all the disturbance there - birds really don't read the experts' guidelines...

Paul described some of the work they carry out in the LV to provide suitable habitat for a variety of wildlife. The LV is a wetlands area and getting the water levels right at different locations is vital. Water voles, otters, ducks such as Shoveler and Gadwall, some rare plant species - all these should benefit from the work that is carried out by staff and many volunteers.

We had one of our best turnouts for Paul's talk showing just how much interest and support there is for the Lee Valley area - we are very lucky to have such an area on our door step!

We meet at

St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

We meet on the second Tuesday of most months at 8pm
Our nature talks cost: £4.00 for RSPB & Wren members, £4.50 for non-members, Free to schoolchildren

St Mary's Church is a short distance from the junction with Chelmsford Road. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.

If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the striking poster that David (our Publicity officer) produced to advertise this talk.

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