We took their last tour of the year, a beautiful autumn evening with long shadows and a warm breeze.
Mudlarking in Deptford Creek
The Creekside Trust is a centre of ecology and education, based on Deptford Creek, a tidal tributary of the Thames. They do some really interesting education and conservation work including regular cleaning and maintenance of the Creek.
Riverbed walks (or mudlarking) are a chance for the Trust to earn a little money to contribute to their work.
We took their last tour of the year, a beautiful autumn evening with long shadows and a warm breeze. Thigh-length waders and waterproof jackets removed any fashionable pretensions. The walk was only about 40 minutes but we learned about wildlife, tidal movement of mud, the history of London’s sewage system, and got a unique perspective on London’s watery artery.
Our minds were filled by the Health and Safety induction, especially the talk of rat’s urine and Wheil’s disease. So my enjoyment was slightly tempered by the gradual oozing of water through my waders. But I seem to be OK.