Friends of Crossness membership scheme

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Our scheme enables members to access the reserve's wildlife protected area.

This protected area has a bird hide, a wader scrape, an artificial bat habitat, and a sand martin wall providing ideal wildlife watching opportunities.

See restricted areas

The area has several open water bodies including a:

  • deep water lagoon which attracts large numbers of wildfowl.
  • wet meadow used by waders in winter.
  • network of ditches that support water voles - one of the UK's fastest declining mammals.

View wildlife from our boardwalk

Our scheme also offers an opportunity to view wildlife from our boardwalk, which weaves through a large reedbed used by various warbler species.

Breeding barn owls can also be seen leaving the nest box at sunset within this area.

Participate in special events and voluntary schemes

A pond-dipping platform and mini-beast area enables us to provide education opportunities for local primary schools that target the science curriculum.

Membership will also offer you the chance to attend special events, help in the practical conservation management of the reserve through wildlife monitoring and volunteer task days, and receive newsletters and regular information on wildlife sightings.

Previous newsletters are available to download below.

Events include birdsong identification workshops, bat walks, moth trapping evenings, bird ringing demonstrations and dragonfly and butterfly walks.

Become a member

Please complete our application pack,  and return it to:

Karen Sutton
Crossness Nature Reserve Manager
Thames Water
Crossness Nature Reserve
Crossness Sewage Treatment Works
Belvedere Road
Abbey Wood
London
SE2 9AQ

Membership application pack