What we do
A voice for nature conservation and biodiversity
Creekside Discovery Centre is committed to maintaining Deptford Creek for people and wildlife and promoting ways we can all be conservation heroes. We run a series of low tide walks, talks and hands on learning activities aimed at schools, the local community, Londoners and building professionals involved in regeneration developments.
The Centre was developed in response to the significant regeneration the area was seeing and a need to protect and nurture our urban habitat. Today we work with conservationists, planners and building professionals to share our knowledge and expertise in biodiversity and land management for urban areas. If you're a company looking to support a great local conservation charity please see more about how we can work together here.
Since opening in 2002 we’ve welcomed 50,000 visitors. At our peak 7,000 people per year have had a chance to wade safely in Deptford Creek, equipped with wading boots, waterproof coats and walking sticks. There is nowhere else in London where you can wade out onto the tidal river bed.
If you are interested in finding out more about us or would like to get involved in our work, please contact the Creekside Discovery Centre.
A unique brown field site
Creekside Discovery Centre is based on a site that is one of the most biodiverse landscapes for its size in London. It has unique eco-heritage features including a brownfield based landscape, a brown living roof and natural sloping banks to the foreshore of Deptford Creek.
The sloping habitat into Deptford Creek is a historical feature of the Tidal Thames. Only 2% of the Tidal Thames’ edges remain natural nowadays making this feature in our landscape a rarity in London.
The natural soft river bank edges provide a great habitat for plants, invertebrates and fish. Brownfield sites, once a common across all of London, are a crucial habitat for wildlife. We have over 300 species of wildflowers on the site.