Sunday, 28 May 2017

Spotted Flycatcher returns to the Old Vicarage

Great to see that Spotted Flycatcher has returned to Holly's garden this year. I only saw one today but hopefully a pair will return. There's a lot of territories in the garden including 2 Goldcrest and 1 Coal Tit with Mistle Thrush nearby. Already seen Song Thrush fledglings. 

The bioblitz continues with a few new moth additions and also working my way through the plants as they come into flower.

We also continued with the garden works in the week (unfortunately didn't upset the moody Russian neighbour again this time despite our best efforts to wind her up)  and did some additional tree work and also removed the conifers stumps between the wild area and the lawn. It will now be possible to get the mower and ride on equipment in. Next stage is getting in a landscape designer to finalise the plan- hopefully including a large area of wildflower meadow. 

More on all this here: THE OLD VICARAGE

 Spotted Flycatcher 
 Coal Tit 
 Pale Tussock
Green Carpet

 Stumps removed 
Sweet William- plenty of garden plants now flowering

Viridor Written Warning

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Local plants

Took a bike ride round the Gun Site, through the farmlands and into Beddington Park today. Not a lot in the way of birds but noticed a few plants and insects and Nick tipped us off about the orchids in Beddington Park. 


 Southern Marsh-orchids in Beddington Park 
 Oxeye Daisy field near the bird group hide 
The Obs wildlife garden 

Friday, 26 May 2017

TOM BRAKE - LIAR LIAR

Tom Brake is claiming he is going to continue protecting our local Green Spaces.
Despite countless correspondences and meetings with Tom Brake about the unfolding ecological collapse at Beddington Farmlands and the intrusion of waste management facilities across the coreland of the Regional Park by Viridor, Tom has never once ever on any occasion spoke out publicly or privately about the unfolding disaster, the continual illegal breach of environmental planning conditions by Viridor and the escalating degrading and decline of one of the largest and formerly most biodiverse green spaces in South London.
On the contrary he was a very vocal and prominent supporter of the Incinerator and a Viridor facilitator- the largest destroyer of green space in the borough.


Tom Brake:
 "Oaks Park is one of my favourite spots in Carshalton & Wallington. It's great to see a new dog-free play area for children and improvements to the cafe.
If re-elected, I'll continue to make sure our lovely green spaces are protected and enhanced."

GHANA 2017 TRIP REPORT



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

First-summer White-winged Black Tern, Staines Reservoir

What a bird! 








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