You can next catch the Exbury Egg and Thamesmead’s leading ornithological investigator JD Swann on Saturday August 24, from 12noon – 6pm.
Clare visited the Egg on Saturday and shared her photo of a crayfish living in Southmere Lake, but my knowledge of the species is very limited. Is this an increasingly rare native White Clawed Crayfish, or one of the Signal Crayfish introduced from North America? The Signal Crayfish carries a ‘plague’ that is wiping out our native species that has seen its population decline by about 80% in the last ten years. Can anyone tell me which this is?
Yesterday the Eggman spent an afternoon in the company of ornithological investigator JD Swann in the Exbury Egg at the Lakeside Centre, for ‘Thamesmead’s Favourite Beaks’ – the first of a series of interactive workshops asking ‘What are the characteristics of the typical Thamesmead bird?’ Visitors had an enjoyable time voting for their favourite beak, head, neck, body, wings, tail feathers, legs and feet and then made collages from their images. Guests will be welcome again on Saturday 24 & 31 August and Sunday 8 September from 12pm to 6pm.
Yesterday we removed the Exbury Egg from Southmere Lake in Thamesmead and relocated it in the grounds of the Lakeside Centre’s refurbished concrete and glass; one iconic form beside another. A near full moon rose behind the four towers to wave farewell.
Dani Tagen is one of the four artists who over the next eleven months will be working on projects responding to the Exbury Egg. Today she made this film documenting the removal of the Egg from Southmere Lake to its relocation in the Lakeside Centre.
The Egg continues to float happily on Southmere Lake in Thamesmead, with swans, duck, moorhen and roosting cormorants as its guardians. Swans in particular have always been neighbours on its journey abound the country. In Burnley the ‘Exbury Egg Echo’, celebrated the local importance of these beautiful birds in print…
On Saturday August 17th from noon until 6pm, J D Swann*, a leading Ornithological Investigator, will present the first of four interactive workshops in the Exbury Egg on location at the Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead. He will be asking ‘What are the characteristics of the ‘typical’ Thamesmead bird?’ You may decide on your favourite beak, head, neck, body, wings, tail feathers, legs and feet and make collages from their images. J D is also open to all bird stories; about the Swans on Southmere Lake, Rose-Ringed Parakeets, Grebes, Coots and Cormorants. From the workshops he will create a free poster of the ‘typical’ Thamesmead bird to be available locally (and from the Exbury Egg) from October – dates to be announced.
Workshops are free and you are welcome to drop in at any time, or stay for the afternoon.
All materials are provided.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
*J D Swann appears courtesy of Calum F Kerr
In April, I made two large bi-dimensional Eggs from plastic waste at the ex Convent of SS Cosma & Damiano on the island of Giudecca, Venice. This was the first, made as a kind of rehearsal for the second more public happening previously documented here.
Much of the plastic was made up of bottles discarded in the Venetian lagoon, such as contaminate canals waterways around the world.
The following link offers one thought on how to solve the problem from our own Canal and River Trust: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48516745
I’d very much like to offer support to the Trash Girl Nadia Sparkes