14 residents joined us on a passionately delivered nature walk and talk around the Hogsmill Green Space on Saturday (7th April).

Hogsmill engagement mapAll ages can learn about acid grass and the effect of dog poo on grassland!

...discussing the different pollutants humans put in the river via sewage....
Learning about the pollutants found in sewage

Challoner sewage


7 Interesting Facts that I learnt (Lucy):

1. Furzeland House is so named because ‘Furze’ is the kind of gorse that used to cover this area when it was part of the commons….

Furze – can you imagine this all around Sheephouse Way?

2. There are lots of amazing fish in the river, it’s one of the few chalk streams left as most of them are drying up because of abstraction (where water is removed or diverted from it’s natural source, using pumps, pipes, boreholes or wells).

3. Concrete built up banks and light pollution are some of the human elements of urbanisation which have a real negative impact on local wildlife

4. Chaffinch – was the commonest bird but is now massively decling due to urbanisation

5. Lots of Elm Trees in the meadow behind Richard Challoner – these create hedgerow  which is a really important habitat for butterflies and insects

6. Railway lines create great wildlife corridors…. these are great places for slow worms….

Listening to Alison talk

7. There are roe deer in the Hogsmill!! Who knew! If you keep quiet, you might spot one…. we only spotted a hoof print.

Spot the deer footprint! There are roe deers in the hogsmill, did you know

Hogsmill task group

The talk was organised by the Malden Manor Community Group, who have an sub-group dedicated to:

  • connecting and engaging local people with the Hogsmill
  • improving access and usability of the space
  • improving the natural environment for local wildlife and plant life to flourish

It was delivered by Alison Fure – a local ecologist who has lived in the area for years and has an in depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the impact of the rising population on precious green spaces and species.

Alison’s write up of the walk can be found here: https://alisonfure.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank you Alison and all who came and joined us for lively discussions!

We hope to see you at a meeting soon, all new people very welcome 🙂

(see front page of blog for details of upcoming meetings)