Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

29-05-2015: Riverbank gardening in the Sun and chasing flying mammals

The river bank volunteers get ready to pull some cress

May has flown by so fast; we had great weather three weeks ago, when we were working in the river clearing the more dominate watercress and false water cress species away from the new plants.


During the same week we also had our first eel of the season…

unfortunately it came along with a friend…

The Chinese mitten crab is an invasive species which is found on the Thames. As far as we know, this is the first confirmed sighting on the Hogsmill which we have reported here  If you see one on in or around our rivers, please report it too. 

We also had our first balsam bash of the year. Unlike last year weather conditions have not been completely favourable for balsam growth, so we don’t have the large stands on our site yet. We were able to clear all of the balsam (that we could find) from the banks at Middle Mill, the new embankment at Knights Park and the island that joins the bridges near Stanley Picker Gallery.

We ended up doing another impromptu cress clearance on the embankment as the clearance work that we had done two weeks prior had already grown back!

We’ll be there again this coming Wednesday from 1.30pm – if you would like to help. Please  email me by Tuesday morning with your shoe size (please bring along wellington boots if you have them) and your contact phone number.

Another exciting event 
For those of you who had a chance to enjoy the orchard at Dorich House Museum during our orchard day, the museum will be open to the public to showcase a new architecture project which will be at the site for a week. Follow this link for more information and opening times.

Tonight (Friday 29th May) I’m heading out with volunteers to Tolworth Court for our bat walk.
I’ll report on findings during the June newsletter – fingers crossed that we find some roosts :)

I’ll leave you with a photo montage from the reptile and butterfly surveys that we’ve also been conducting on site at Tolworth Court. If any of you are interested in getting involved in the butterfly transect – email me here.

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