Thursday, 27 September 2012

Goodbye Mr McGaw

Sadly, this week sees the departure of Chris McGaw who has managed the Lewisham Rivers and People project since its inception two and a half years ago. In that time, Chris has led umpteen walks all over Lewisham and shown us many features of the natural world that we never knew existed in our urban surroundings. Hilly Fields has been on the itinerary several times including two dawn chorus walks when Chris drove in from his home in Kent for a 5.00 am start. He even managed to stop the rain for a couple of hours this year and provided the magic key that let us into Brockley and Ladywell cemeteries as part of the walk.

Chris under the Hilly Fields green flag
May 2011
Ladywell Fields Sept 2012
Chris is a birder with a particular skill in recognising birdsong, but he also has a very wide knowledge of nature in general and has identified for us many flowers, plants, trees and tree galls, insects, fish and other aquatic creatures. Always helpful, his enthusiasm for nature has been inspiring. In his new job at the Kench Hill Centre near Tenterden, Chris will be helping inner city school children learn more about the natural world. He will be very much missed in Lewisham.

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