Sydenham Hill Wood is a Local Nature Reserve and a fragment of Ancient Woodland, managed by London Wildlife Trust. We undertake a range of practical conservation activities throughout the year including habitat management, installing fencing, tree care, and maintenance of paths. We also undertake surveys of bats, butterflies, and ponds.
Need to know
Workdays take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each
month. We meet at 10:30am.
Lunch is at 12:30, and it is possible to come just for the morning or the afternoon. We provide tea and biscuits. Workdays end between 15:00-15:30 in autumn and winter and between 15:30-16:00 in spring and summer.
Please bring a packed lunch, emergency contact detail and clothing suitable for the conditions including sturdy footwear. The Wood is cold, muddy and wet in winter so be prepared.
In addition to our workdays we undertake a number of wildlife monitoring surveys. We
survey for bats through a bat transect walk in spring and summer, a bat hibernation survey in winter and bat roost surveys in spring and autumn. We undertake a butterfly transect
from April until September, pond and stream surveys, amphibian surveys and moth
We also run a large number of events such as guided wildlife walks where volunteer
support is welcome. The biggest event of the year is our annual Open Day in September.