The first of the three is next Friday, 23rd August in Shrewsbury Park. Kris, Chair of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park, sent me details:
Bat walk Friday 23 August – 8.15pm After a short intro next to the notice board by the Plum Lane car park, Les Clark will lead us through the woods and glades where the bats hang out. Bat detectors supplied. Booking essential – eventbrite.co.uk/e/bat-walk-shrewsbury-park-se18-tickets-55871554323 *Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing *Children must be accompanied by an adult *Walk lasts about 1 ½ hours and small torches are useful *Dogs must be kept on a lead If you have mobility issues or enquiries please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you participate. The trail is a mix of paved path, gravel and grass. If it’s raining neither bats nor us will come out!
The Woodlands Farm bat walk is the following week, on Thursday 29th at 7.30pm, but I see from their web site that it is already fully booked.
Bat Detecting Friday 30th 8pm Meeting at dusk we will use bat detectors to track down these nocturnal residents in their natural woodland habitat. The Friends of Oxleas Woodlands is a community organisation run by volunteers. Walks are free for members & under 16s, otherwise £3 and need to be booked at email@example.com
Lots of opportunities for night-time walks in our local green spaces hunting for bats.
Three special new memorials will be unveiled on Saturday, 10th August, at 2.00pm at the Old Blue Cross Pet Cemetery, including one remembering the pets euthanised in the second world war in the British Pet Massacre. Liz, chair of the Friends of the Pet Cemetery sent me details:
Memorial event at the Old Blue Cross Pet Cemetery Saturday 10th August 2019 2.00 pm At 2pm on the above date three new memorials will be unveiled at the old Blue Cross Pet Cemetery A plaque in tribute to all animals that have lost their lives in conflict in the service of their country A plaque in memory of the 2,500,000 Domestic Animals euthanised during WW11 on government orders A plaque depicting the collar tag of a dog named Bonzo, found on Greenwich beach by a local Mudlark We look forward to welcoming you to the Pet Cemetery where there are over two hundred little Memorial stones some dating back over one hundred years
The new memorials are the result of research by one of my favourite local artists, Nicola White, who creates art using objects discovered when mud-larking along the Thames Foreshore. One such object was a dog tag for a dog named Bonzo: Nicola describes how she found the Bonzo ‘s owner in her Tideline Art blog. The tag also led her to a book, “Bonzo’s War: Animals Under Fire 1939 -1945” by Clare Campbell which includes the story of the “British Pet Massacre” in World War II. Some 2.5 million pets were euthanised, including 750,000 in a single week . Nicola’s story inspired a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a memorial for these pets, leading to the memorials which are being unveiled on Saturday.
Liz also sent information about how to get to the Pet Cemetery, further information is available on the Friends’ website:
Visiting the Pet Cemetery There is no parking on site, please park in Farjeon Road SE3 8SA or Charlton Park Lane SE7 8QS Train from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, and Victoria to Blackheath Bus 89 from Blackheath Station to Hornfair Park Lido Look for the blue road sign opposite The Fox Under the Hill and take the path running alongside the flats and wall which will bring you to the Pet Cemetery The Committee of the Friends of the Pet Cemetery, FOPC, hope you will be able to join us for this event If you are interested in having a plaque made in memory of a much-loved pet to go onto the Memorial Wall Please contact Liz McDermott Chair Friends of the Pet Cemetery FOPC firstname.lastname@example.org 07815558680 Jean Patrick Secretary Friends of the Pet Cemetery FOPC email@example.com 07977208362