Ken MacKenzie

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Bat Survey in Richmond
🗓Wednesday 4th October 6:00pm

📍Tide Tables cafe TW9 1TH

Helping to learn about the impact of light pollution on the local bat population

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Sat 23rd Sep at 10:00am

Tooly, mudly, deeply

Richmond Report written by JP

A cold but beautifully sunny morning greeted a magnificent 7 GGers beside the river to lend their help to mending a damaged fence, for the Petersham Environment Trust.

Ken gave the instructions, which were unusually full of holes. The task was to dig a hole for a new post at one end of a short stretch of fence, and to dig a hole around the broken and rotten post at the other end to remove and replace it. We felt reverent, the (w)hole task was very holy indeed.

After collecting posts and rails from the sea scouts’ premises, Salwa and Rosie got going on the new hole at the top end. Cue much guffawing at hole related jokes - as well as steady progress with baby spades, the giant mascara wand and pac man on long handles.

At the other end of the fence, Suze, Chris and Divya were going at it hammer and pole to dig the rotten fence post out. The post was wider at the bottom and stuck deep in sticky soil, but they definitely made clay while the sun shined and after a gargantuan effort, be-holed! (de-holed?!), they proudly held it aloft.

There then followed a number of discussions about the physics of putting the fence together, which was made more difficult by the fact that posts and rails had come from different suppliers and did not align perfectly. But time was running out and team GG had been on de-fence for so long by then that Ken suggested wrapping up - he would come back and tackle the next phase in a couple of weeks.

The gang filled in the holes to ensure the new posts were secure, and took the remaining woodwork back to the scouts for safekeeping.

As much as we ‘dug’ the mission, no one was on the fence about going for coffee afterwards, so we headed off to enjoy the sunshine and views at Tide Tables :-)

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Mon 18th Sep at 6:45pm

Bat and Bar survey!

Richmond Report written by Ken MacKenzie

Six GoodGymers went on a bar survey! Did you know that t and r are side by side on the key board? This time though, it was a bat survey, not a bar survey!

We met Ken and Philip with the London Bat Group who guided us on our survey along the River Thames counting bat passes with our bat monitors tuned into various frequencies. The bat monitors amplified the echolocation calls of the bats into the audible range of human hearing. We counted several 100 bats in the night with all the data recorded for a scientific study that Ken started in 2008 with the UK Bat Conservation Trust. And luckily half of the group finished the bat survey along the Thames at a pub to conduct a bar survey!

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Fri 15th Sep at 12:00pm

Water way to spend a Friday

Richmond Report written by Beth (she/her)

Chris, Ken and Beth made their way to Buccleuch Gardens to water the newly planted donations from Petersham Nurseries and plant the last one - a lovely big Caenothus which has taken pride of place next to one of the benches. Chris set about digging a big hole in a dense spot - Beth remarked it looked like a tough job as she valiantly stood next to Chris doing all the work.

The underpass was full of water which made filling the watering cans an easy job. After many trips to and fro - with Ken ferrying trugs on his bike - The Three Pigeons, benches and arcade were watered.

More trips will be needed unless we get the rain promised - a good walking and carrying workout :)

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Sat 16th Sep at 9:09pm

Amazing work you three! Glad to hear the last plant is in now.

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Fri 15th Sep at 12:00pm

Planting and watering at Buccleuch and Three Pigeons

Keep local community gardens thriving and feed the bees!

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Mon 4th Sep at 6:45pm

Mash tuns for trash tonnes!

Richmond Report written by Liz (She/her)

Along with a run through Richmond to the leafy space of Petersham Common, we could be heard expressing countless 'oohs' and counting our blessings as we had the joy of seeing Richmond riverside on a warm September evening with a lovely sunset to match. The fun didn't stop there though as this evening's group run was in partnership with Athletic Brewing, the alcohol free beer brand that GoodGym has started working with. Before setting off from the Tap, Liz shared some info about the brand, their B Corp status, focus on healthy living and quality, as well as their hefty donations to maintaining trail paths. Many things close to our own hearts!

The task itself was to collect rubbish from the roadside and paths along Petersham Road and up Star & Garter Hill. As always we were shocked and saddened by how much there was, and the kind of things people had discarded into these green spaces. Amongst the many bottles there was also a driver's 'L' plate, numerous half-filled paint cans, clothing and a broken traffic cone.

Having collected cans through the task, the team were rewarded with some fresh ones at the end of the session, the 'Upside Dawn' beer from the Athletic Brewing range. A perfect way to end a warm evening in our beautiful town.

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Mon 4th Sep at 6:45pm

GoodGym Richmond x Athletic Brewing Litter Picking

Removing damaging litter from lovely Petersham Common

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Mon 21st Aug at 7:20pm

I like big bats and I cannot lie!

Richmond Report written by Ken MacKenzie

5 GoodGymers turned up at Richmond Bridge with the UK Bat Conservation Trust on Monday night to help run a survey of bats along the River Thames. We met the task owner/coordinator our own GoodGymer Ken and Philip from London Bat Group. We had a quick training on how to use a bat monitor and divided into 2 groups with another 6 volunteers from the community that came out to help with the survey to survey both sides of the River. Both Ken and Philip said that it seemed like an unusually quiet survey night for bats despite the near ideal conditions for bats and it was unclear why but when Ken had tabulated the data the next morning there was a good count and it was only marginally lower and not significantly different from the July count. We counted a total of 323 bats on 21 August (as compared to 349 in July). We did however count a lot more of our biggest UK bats the Noctule and Leisler's bats than any previous survey this year…so yes we do indeed like big bats!

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Mon 7th Aug at 6:45pm

Glade Runner

Richmond Report written by Liz (She/her)

Following the work done by Saturday's group at Petersham Common, we headed back along the sunny river path to the same area to meet task owner Ken.

A lovely 2.5km run brought us to Ken armed with loppers, litter pickers and bags, ready to brief us all on the evening's tasks: elm sucker lopping, roadside litter picking and glade clearance.

Action couldn't begin though before bestowing Beth with the hard-earned '50 good deeds' sash. Beth has been racking up tasks since the end of January this year and has already hit this milestone through a mix of group tasks and missions. Congratulations Beth!

Groups set off to do each task, with pickers finding endless bottles, cans and vapes, alongside more unusual finds including a Thai music CD case, a clay pot and a tea towel.

Ken also showed us the 'glade' area, around a 300 year old Field Maple, protected for conservation. The work in this area involved cutting back any tree saplings to keep the glade at grass level. It's an honour to be part of protecting something that has seen so much.

A quick photo session ended the task before a run back to Richmond centre along the river and through the high street.

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Ken MacKenzie went on a community mission

Sat 5th Aug at 10:00am

Wallpower

Richmond Report written by JP

The sign-up numbers had dropped steadily in the run up to this morning's mission, as heavy rain was threatened. In the end 5 of us turned up, including Danya who was back for a visit after moving away.

Ken briefed us on the task, which was to tackle the ivy along one of the walls around the Star & Garter building. We needed to cut the ivy plants at their base to kill them off and prevent further damage to the brickwork.

Fortunately the rain largely held off and - armed with secateurs, loppers and pocket saws - we made quick work of the section of wall. We'll be back on site Monday evening for more tasks.

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Sat 5th Aug at 12:58pm

Good work everyone! Ivy is so determined!

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