|The walk group outside Thornet Wood in Jubilee Country Park|
This park is heavily managed in an attempt to maximise biodiversity while maintaining it as a recreational area. The Friends group is very active and manages to find a good deal of useful sponsorship, and runs events and walks all through the year.
We started out through Thornet Wood, a small area of ancient woodland, meaning that it has been managed as woodland for at least 400 years. It has standard oaks, uncut and un-harvested, and coppiced hazel.
|The Loosestrife Pond in Jubilee Country Park in March 2011|
We passed by one of these which is known as the Loosestrife Pond. It has been partly cleared down to the clay in an attempt to deal with over-vegetation, while leaving half of it untouched to maintain the continuity of wildlife and plants. It is currently full of water, with tadpoles swimming around. In another pond, the recently created Ray's Pond, we saw some toads.
|Jenny Price gesturing towards a pleached hedge in Jubilee Country Park|
|The stream through Sparrow Wood|
A stream runs through this wood, which eventually feeds into the Kyd Brook. It cuts through the Blackheath gravel which is so common in this area. At one point the party should have crossed the stream, but we could not scramble thorugh the wood to what might have been a good crossing, and the crossing we did find was certainly not achievable by most of the party. So some turned back to find and follow the London Loop route, while others jumped over at a narrow point and waited a little further on, where the woods opened up into Petts Wood Recreation Ground.
|Frogspawn in the stream through Sparrow Wood in March 2011.|
In the shadow of a branch you can see more frogspawn below the surface.
|Wood violets in Thornet Wood, Jubilee Country Park, in March 2011|
|An old Elder in Jubilee Country Park covered with ivy and Xanthoria lichen. This yellow lichen stands out from a distance.|
|A discarded bike in Sparrow Wood. The wood is mostly quite tidy.|
|A split treetrunk in Sparrow Wood. If someone wanted a piece of treetrunk, this does not look like the easiest way to get it.|