Peabody has produced a Biodiversity Action Plan for Thamesmead.  It sets out actions that we can take across Thamesmead to increase the amount of wildlife and habitat that exists in the area. 

 

This is a long-term plan and we are just at the start. The volunteer programme will give local people the opportunity to have a say in the work that goes on and a chance to be involved in a hands-on way. 

 

If you are interested in protecting, improving and learning more about nature in Thamesmead you can email Peabody or get in touch with Thamesmead volunteer co-ordinator, Reece Evans, via email [email protected] or phone: 07986737712. 

See the full schedule below for volunteering opportunities:

 

May – September 2021 

Date: Wednesday 19 May 
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm 
Site: Southmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE2 9XA 
Meeting Place: Southmere Square 
Activity: General park management 
Litter picking around site and adding mulch to the newly planted trees. 
 

Date: Saturday 29 May 
Time: 11:00 – 3:00pm 
Site: Tump 53, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS 
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road 
Activity: Footpath and coppicing 
We will be restoring the pathways throughout Tump 53 and helping with the general tidy and upkeep on site. Coppicing and clearing pathways, litter picking. 

 

Date: Saturday 5 June 
Time: 10:30 – 13:30pm 
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG 
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)  
Activity: Wildflower planting 
We will be planting a wildflower mixture of plug plants to increase biodiversity into the park and provide essential resource for pollinators. 

 

Date: Tuesday 8 June 
Time: TBC  
Site: Online Training – The Small Mammals of Thamesmead 
Activity: Small Mammal ID; Brown Rat, House Mouse, Wood Mouse, Yellow Necked Mouse, Bank Vole, Field Vole, Common Shrew, Pygmy Shrew, Water Shrew, Grey Squirrel. 

 

Date: Thursday 10 June 
Time: TBC (AM)  
Site: Online Training Session  - The Birds of Thamesmead 
Activity: Online training session 

Covers ID of birds in built environments, gardens, parks and open spaces, brownfield and woodlands). 
 
Date: Thursday 10 June 
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm 
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB 
Meeting Place: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road 
Activity: Hedgerow and tree management   
We will be helping with the maintenance of the newly planted tree whips, which were planted by the local community involving the neighbouring schools. We will; replenish and add mulch to the young trees, ensure the trees are protected with guards and canes, cutting the grass surrounding the trees, litter pick and general upkeep and tidy up.  
 

Date: Friday 11 June 
Time: TBC (AM)  
Site: TBC 

Activity: Field Training session - The Birds of Thamesmead 

Covers ID of birds in built environments, gardens, parks and open spaces, brownfield and woodlands). 

 
Date: Tuesday 15 June 
Time: 10:00 – 12:00  
Site: Online Training – Bumblebee identification 
Activity: Online training session. Covers ID of the ‘Big 7’ Bumblebee species. 
 

Date: Wednesday 16 June 
Time: 10:00 – 1:00pm  
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG. 
Activity: Field training session - Bumblebee Identification 

Covers ID of the ‘Big 7’ Bumblebee species. 
 

Date: Friday 18th June 
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB 
Meeting Place: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road 
Activity: Hedgerow and tree management   
We will be helping with the maintenance of the newly planted tree whips, which were planted by the local community involving the neighbouring schools. We will; replenish and add mulch to the young trees, ensure the trees are protected with guards and canes, cutting the grass surrounding the trees, litter pick and general upkeep and tidy up. 

 

Date: Saturday 26 June 
Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm 
Site: Tump 53, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS 
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road 
Activity: Wildflower planting  
We will be planting a wildflower mixture of plug plants to increase biodiversity into the park and provide essential resource for pollinators 

 

Date: Thursday 1 July 
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB 
Meeting Place: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road 
Activity: Hedgerow and tree management   
We will be helping with the maintenance of the newly planted tree whips, which were planted by the local community involving the neighbouring schools. We will; replenish and add mulch to the young trees, ensure the trees are protected with guards and canes, cutting the grass surrounding the trees, litter pick and general upkeep and tidy up. 

 
Date: Monday 5 July 
Time: 11:30 – 3:30pm 
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG 
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)  
Activity: Footpath clearance and orchard maintenance 
We will be coppicing and clearing the footpaths around Crossway Park and continued orchard  maintenance. 

 

Date: Friday 9 July 

Time: TBC  
Site: Online Training – Butterfly Identification 
Activity: Online training session. Covers ID of the butterflies of Thamesmead. 

 

Date: Saturday 10 July 

Time: TBC  
Site: TBC 

Activity: Field Session Training – Butterfly Identification Covers ID of the butterflies of Thamesmead. 

 

Date: Tuesday 13 July 
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB 
Meeting Place: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road 
Activity: : Hedgerow and tree management   
We will be helping with the maintenance of the newly planted tree whips, which were planted by the local community involving the neighbouring schools. We will; replenish and add mulch to the young trees, ensure the trees are protected with guards and canes, cutting the grass surrounding the trees, litter pick and general upkeep and tidy up. 
 
Date: Thursday 22 July 
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm 
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG 
Meeting Place: Woodland behind Crossway Basketball Court 
Activity: Orchard management  
We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. Crossway Community Orchard was planted in late 2019 and in accordance with the management plan we will; replenish and add mulch to the young fruit trees, water the entire orchard, cut the vegetation and control grass growth within the orchard, remove blossom from young fruit trees (The energy it takes to grow fruit is better placed going towards tree growth), check the tree stakes and loosen ties when needed, replenish and increase the dead hedge boundary. 

 

Date: Friday 30 July 
Time: TBC  
Site: TBC 
Meeting Place: TBC 
Activity: Botanical Species Survey  
 
Date: Saturday 31 July 
Time: 11:00 – 3:00pm 
Site: Tump 53, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS 
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road 
Activity:  Footpath and coppicing 
We will be restoring the pathways throughout Tump 53 and helping with the general tidy and upkeep on site. Coppicing and clearing pathways, litter picking. 

 

Date: Friday 6 August  
Time: TBC 
Site: Field Training  - Identifying the presence of Water Voles 
Activity:  identifying the presence and absence indicators for Water Voles.  

 

Date: Thursday 9 September  
Time: TBC (Evening)  
Site: Guided Id Bat Walk  
Activity:  Guided field training sessions on use of bat detectors. identifying the presence of bats within Thamesmead.  

 

We're planning more exciting events and activities, and will be adding more details soon, so keep an eye on this page!