Last month, as part of the 2021 Estuary Festival, ornithological investigator J D Swann lead a Reclaim the Marshes guided walk around Thamesmead that begun and ended at the new Lakeside Centre. Visitors travelled around Southmere Lake, across the Crossness Southern Marsh, into Crossness Nature Reserve, onto the Thames Path and past Crossness Sewage Treatment Works, and then back through the Thamesmead Golf Centre and the Ridgeway.

Throughout the route DJ Swann stopped to explain the ecology of the Thamesmead and Erith marshes, the challenges of land ownership and discuss species survival in each of these local nature reserves.

You can find out more about Thamesmead's involvement in this year's Estuary Festival here.