JD Swann Leans Out

JD Swann’s second ornithological gathering (two more to come) exploring the diversity of avian life in Thamesmead, took place inside the Exbury Egg last Saturday. Many new species were both conceived and hatched – including seven year old Olly’s ‘Fishosaurus’. Please do stop by the Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead on Saturday 31st August between 12 – 6pm to explore the Egg and add your own creation to Mr Swann’s flourishing flock of feathered friends.

A fairy ring of fungi appeared yesterday on the north shore of Southmere Lake. According to legend it marks the path in the grass made by fairies dancing. There is a small school of thought suggesting that if you dance inside the circle, under the moon, that you may become lost in time and space forever…



The Algae has arrived on Southmere Lake and all access has been stopped for four months. If the Egg had still been on the water, it could not have been removed until December. A cyanobacteria, it is particularly toxic to dogs and can also cause skin rash, sickness and liver damage in people – especially children.


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?

Crayfish on the bank of Southmere Lake in Thamesmead

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.

Duck with Claire and JD Swann
Lesser green-headed wibbler, running for the bus
Christabel and Joshua with their favourite birds




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…

Ornithological investigator, JD Swann, was observing the large floating Exbury Egg on Southmere Lake last week for signs of life, when he spotted this lesser black-backed gull at rest on top. Judging by the growing coating of guano it’s one of many visitors. Drop in to meet JD Swann at the Egg on Saturday August 17th from 12-6pm – after it has been removed from the Lake and repositioned in the grounds of the Lakeside Centre (as advertised on http://www.eggman.site)