Jubilee Water Walk – Guided Tours 22nd & 29th November 2016

This is an opportunity to have a guided tour of the newly developed Jubilee Water Walk.  These walks will be led by the Arts and Culture Co-ordinator, Environment and Sustainability Adviser or the Grounds Team and will provide an insight into the waterways and water features on the Streatham Campus.

22nd November 2016 (Route B) – Art, History and Stories

29th November 2016 (Route B) – Biodiversity and Horticultural Highlights

12.15pm to 1.15pm, meet at the bottom of Stocker Road / Rennes Drive near the roundabout, point 8 on the map

Taddiforde%20Valley%20Bridge(1)

Top%20Pond(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Up a lazy river” outdoor choir session – Thursday 22nd September

blog

“Up a lazy river” outdoor choir session (open to all)

Thursday 22 September 2016, 13:00 to 14:00

Hoopern Valley Ponds (off Rennes Drive) 

Map is available in the event link.

 Come along and sing songs of water that are quick and easy for all to learn by ear. It will be an hour of calm and reflection. As part of the Diamond Waterways Project, we will be celebrating the beauty of our waterways though song and taking advantage of one of our natural amphitheatres. Please check the event listing on the day in case of cancellation.

 Contact for further information.

Pond dipping at Reed Pond

We were very excited to hear the results of the pond dipping, arranged by Dr Clive Betts – Learning and Development Manager and expert entomologist!  He said:

Highlights include two huge cased caddises (and a number of smaller ones), some mature mayfly nymphs of three or more species, loads of copepods and daphnia, some large damselfly nymphs, a nymph of the red-darter dragonfly, a huge ramshorn snail, some lovely leeches (but not too many!), and Norman the Palmate Newt! The other headline is the massive decline in the previously dominant detritivore amphipods and isopods, a positive sign that the excessive allochthonous input prior to the pond works is under control… goes to show that a bit of well-judged management goes a long way.

 

Norman the Newt

Norman the Newt

Intrepid pond dippers

Intrepid pond dippers

Gardening gadgets

Welcome to the Grounds Team, our latest gadget – a remote controlled mower which will enable us to safely mow banks and reduce our gardeners exposure to Hand Arm Vibration hazards – the Irus Quatrak!

It has been tested out this week and is equally at home cutting our lawns and cutting brambles in the Taddiforde Valley.

Irus Quatrak 2

Apparently it’s quite good fun too, don’t they all look happy! L-R: Irus Quatrak, David, Colin, Nathan, Terry and Clive

Irus Quatrak 3

Lawn cutting action

Irus Quatrak 1

Rugged bramble cutting action