Listen to the sounds of Burgess Park

Close your eyes and visualise the walk, starting at the new west-end playground near Addington Square, passing through sports facilities and playgrounds, and the underpass, ending up at the Glengall Wharf Garden. The sounds were recorded by Tom Rodgers over a weekend in June 2019.

A walk from Walworth Road to Old Kent Road through Burgess Park listening to the sounds of activity all around. The soundscape also incorporates comments from park users recorded as part of the Heritage Lottery oral history project in 2014.

Take a walk on the wild side.

Wild about Waterfowl

In June 2019 we planted oxygenating and mat forming water plants with help from Cobourg School Year 1 class. The plant will provide habitats for pond creatures such as molluscs and dragon fly nymphs. 

Cobourg School Year 1
Cobourg School 
Planting and pond-dipping with London Wildlife Trust

The lake is a much-loved part of the park, but few birds nest on the lake. Mallards, Pochards and Crested Grebe all winter here, it would be lovely to see them raise their young too.  We hope that this planting will do the trick.


We will also design some extra signage about the waterfowl and fish in the lake. We hope this will help park users know more about wild-fowl, fish and plants and how the lake works as a habitat.

With thanks to Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund £664 and London Wildlife Trust’s help with pond-dipping.  Wild about Wildfowl lake water plant list 2019.

Report wildlife sightings

screen grab of the wildlife report pageLondon is home to a diverse range of animals, including everything from bats to reptiles, and Southwark Council is trying to find out which species can be found where in Southwark.

On the Council website you can click on an interactive map, zoom to the location of your sighting and an email link will appear on the left. Enter your email address and click send.

Your records will help the Council to manage wildlife in Southwark and gain a better understanding of what lives where.

Sightings will be collected and shared with the London Biological Records Centre, Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL).

Burgess goes wild: The fishing lake
July 2018

Burgess Park fishing lake was redesigned in 2012/13 and opened to the public along with the rest of the park after five years. Nature and caring people have made the lake as you see it today with reed beds … Read the blog

Wild Burgess in May 2018

Any day now, the Lime trees (Common Lime or Linden, Tilia Europea) will come into bloom. They perfume the air with one of the most delightful scents of summer. Walk along the main avenue by the tennis courts … Read more

Burgess goes wild about waterfowl
April 2018

Despite the terrible weather the Friends of Burgess Park were finding out how much people knew about the birds on the lake; their names; what they eat and the problems of feeding bread to the ducks. … Read more

Burgess goes wild
March 2018

In a corner of the English Garden you’ll find Daphne odora. As the name suggests, it has a gorgeous perfume. Spot the frogs in the pond. … Read more

October 2015

London Wildlife Trust have been commissioned to undertake further work to the New Church Road nature area including clearing undergrowth and creating sightlines into the area.

Main works to consist of:
 Selective scrub reduction and/or coppicing to reduce areas of dense shade
 Selectively felling/thinning of some trees
 Deadwood piles to be created in appropriate areas (unlikely in this tranche of works)

The London Wildlife Trust (LWT) report of the nature area in Burgess Park can be downloaded here: Burgess Park Phase I habitat survey September 2013

The report was commissioned by Burgess Park director John Wade for Southwark Council.

LWT briefed all the Burgess Park Quadron staff  on caring for the nature areas and will also provide a watching brief and initially supervise Quadron staff when they work on the nature areas e.g. Glengall scrub, copses and the Albany Road woodland.

Burgess Park Nature Areas Annual Work Programme

Frogs in Chumleigh pond cBranco Stoysin