Monday, 24 July 2017

Small is Powerful- Accidental Anarchist

 Excellent documentary of an ex- British diplomat's investigation into C21st power.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

In the week

A few bits from the Bedddington Farmlands obs in the week.

 Sparrowhawk taking a juvenile Starling in the Obs garden. Also neighbour Ian reported a Hedgehog most evenings and also Barn Owl. Tomos had two Barn Owls also. 
 I went for Lychnis on this- although Campion is also a possibility? 
 Chequered Fruit Tree Tortrix 
Skin Moth 

Gove's drivel

I can't even muster up the energy to rant about this nonsense. Here's Avery's take:

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Chobham Common - Nightjar magic

A very productive evening yesterday with David at Chobham Common. Several Nightjars displaying and also Woodcock.  We parked in the Monument Car Park and walked to an open area and they were seemingly everywhere. 

Click on to listen to various vocalisations including male churring, male wing-clapping, female yelping and then at the end presumably a male 'bubbling'? 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Weekend Wanderings

Had a nice long weekend. Friday evening moth trapping at the farmlands, Saturday at the Old Vicarage, Sunday family day out at Warwick Castle and today we had a family picnic at Bernwood Forest. As always there's nature exploring to do everywhere and anywhere- here's a few highlights. 

The Old Vicarage
Spotted Flycatcher- sorry to say I think it's just a single bird around this year (last year a pair bred at Holly's) 
Waved Black- a moth tick for me
Red Twin-spot Carpet (I think) - another moth lifer
Pebble Prominent- a new one for the Old Vicarage list 
and the Spotted Fly again in the garden

Bernwood Forest 
Silver-washed Fritillary - loads of these.  We also had quite a few Purple Hairstreaks and a frustrasting brief view of what looked like a Purple Emperor. More on Bernwood Forest HERE
Brown Hawker - a few of these hunting along the rides 
Waitrose picnic with Silver-washed Frits whizzing around and Purple Hairstreaks darting around at the top of the overhead oaks- most pleasant indeed

Warwick Castle 
Nice grounds laid out by the famous gardener Capability Brown. Lots of interesting trees, plenty of insects about and some really nice habitat along the River Avon
Lovely bit of river round the back of the castle
Bald Eagle (photo by Holly Showell who did indeed achieve a more superior photograph of a bird than me on this occasion and will remind me of it daily until the end of times) 

The most impressive bird of prey display I've ever seen- Andean Condor, White-tailed Eagles, Lammergeir (above), Bald Eagle (above) and Veraux's Eagle Owl. 

The Beddington Farmland Obs
The Wormwood- a first for the farmlands
Here's the Hedgehog from Thursday evening again- brilliant to see 
The Incinerator at night (while Hedgehogging). Like it or not this is to stay for at least a while and it certainly is a striking feature- just a shame our efforts to make industry and nature work together are failing due to Viridor's lack of commitment to the restoration and reserve development.  A devastating squandered opportunity for the future of this area. Just nice to get away from here nowadays. 

Friday, 14 July 2017


Met up with Tomos yesterday evening for a spot of hedgehogging in the dark. 

Tomos has recently seen up to four on the Southern Mound (a partly restored area) and there are also up to three on the Bedzed estate. 

We saw one animal by the gate near the path. No sign of the Barn Owl last night but they are still around too.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Autumn unfolding

Met up with Kojak yesterday morning KOJAK'S BLOG and had a looked for waders considering there have been some frontal conditions recently and it's July. No Blackwits but a few waders including the first migrant juvenile Little Ring for the year, 8 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Also Yellow-legged Gull and a few nice moths. 

 Juvenile Little Ringed Plover. Also an adult.
 Green Sandpipers and a young locally bred Lapwing
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (on right)
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull 
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (left) and probably another one (a smaller bird) on right
 Sparrowhawk on a Starling- luckily for this Starling a Moorhen interrupted, attacked the Sparrowhawk and the Starling got away
 Mother of Pearl- one of many on 100 acre within the nettles. We estimated probably one every meter in that habitat so at the very least 100+ (or more like a nominal figure to record a concentration) . 
 Sallow Kitten- an absolute beauty 
 Small Emerald- I need to check if we've recorded these before at the farmlands
Small Blood-vein (left) and Small Rununculus

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Weekend in Oxfordshire

A few pics for the weekend- not a White-letter Hairstreak but a Purple Hairstreak. Click on facebook symbol for discussion. 

Hen Harrier Day 2017

This year Hen Harrier Day London is at Rainham Marshes on Saturday 11th August. 

Arctic Oil Court Case

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Here is a list of some of the main events documented in this blog with regards to development of the nature reserve at Beddington Farmlands, events which have included the work of  the Beddington Farm Bird Group, the Hackbridge Neighbourhood Development Group, the London Borough of Sutton's biodiversity team, the local community, local businesses, the RSPB, the LWT, LUSH, local environmental chairty Bioregional, the Design Council (CABE), University College London, BBC Natural World, BBC Springwatch, local papers and local media,The Urban Birder, Birdwatch Magazine, BBC news, ITN news, local schools, local church members and many more organisations and individuals.

All that work (as it stands now) has amounted to fuck all due to a dictatorship by waste management company Viridor (part of the Pennon Group PLC)  who have consistently defaulted on all their local environmental obligations in the past and have overseen a complete failure in the conservation management plan and development of the site for a public nature reserve. Viridor/Pennon have consistently shown blatant disregard for democracy and efforts by the social and environmental community and continuously try to manage resistance to their destruction by offering what amounts to confectionery to appease that resistance.

In the absence of a working democracy and in an environment of dictatorship by a public limited company that is answerable only to it's shareholders (so will therefore deliver minimal environmental and social investment) the local environment and the society it serves is basically completely and utterly fucked and here is the proof, a forensic dissection (follow dates and links for complete details) of how managed decline works, the precise named individuals (not named here) behind that and how systemic and fundamental change is the only answer- a change that will need, (in part), to be forced. The alternative is to allow the destruction of our democratic system which will literally lead to the end of civilisation at the hands of corporations.


300617  Birdwatch magazine review of Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2015
290617  Further campaign funding provided by Mark Constantine/ LUSH for Air Quality Monitoring
090617  Air Quality Monitoring Group Meeting
070617  All local parliamentary candidates issue pre-election pledges/comments regarding the future of Beddington Farmlands
030617  Several local media articles about Beddington Farmlands ahead of the General Election
010617  Beddington farmlands on BBC London news and Beddington Farmlands features as a campaigning issue for the general election
310517  Rejection of community fund applications by Viridor. Applications to develop the Ecology Park and for biodiversity improvements in Hackbridge.
290517  Beddington Farmlands in local media
280517  Viridor written warning about anti-incinerator material
100517  Stop the Incinerator Protest at Development Control Committee Meeting
030517  Viridor sacrificial crop growing well
020517  Review of Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2015 on Birdguides
210417  Neighbourhood Plan final draft completed
190417  Meeting with Tom Brake and Viridor cancelled by Viridor
300317  Environmental Committee- Vote on support for replacement bridge
290317  BFBG AGM
230317  Neighbourhood Development Group meeting
220317  Meeting with CEO of Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
210317  Locality Meeting featuring presentation of Hackbridge Plan
030317  Beddington Farmlands features in Mayor's Question Time
020317  Lake works and further volunteer conservation work
250217  Bridges demolished despite years of campaigning to protect them
240217  Conservation Science Group Meeting
190217  Challenge of Viridor public mis-information.
190117  Local conservation works
060117  Meeting with site ecologist
010117  On going bioblitz, recording and bird ringing on most days throughout year (approx 5044 hours of volunteer effort).

251116  Further volunteer local conservation work
221116  New small scale access installations completed (bridge and steps)
181116  Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust event at GLA
021116  Further works to meadow habitat carried out
051016 Neighbourhood Development Group meeting
290916  Meeting with Viridor manager and new BFBG secretary
210916  London National Park City Event
130916  Visioning day for the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust
110916  Another Viridor open day
230816  First in a series of Viridor organised public events
110816  Paradise Lost article in Linnaean Society publication
060816 Hen Harrier Day at Rainham Marshes (Beddington Farmlands refused permission by RSPB to have a publicity stand)
050816  Ecology Park Group meeting
020816  Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2015 published
260716  White Stork twitch organised
300616  Stop the Incinerator Protest
260616  Associate Members Walk
230616  Neighbourhood Development Group meeting
070616  Plans for new wet grassland habitat are presented in Conservation Science Group Meeting
050616  Public Walk
040616  Further local biodiversity improvements carried out
030616  Beddington Farmlands in local media again
310516  Guest Blog on Mark Avery Blog
160516  Publicity stunts to highlight Beddington Farmlands issues
111516  Neighbourhood Development Group Public Event- Plan Consultation Engagement
040516  More meadow works are carried out
270416  More local media coverage of Beddington Farmlands issues
250416  Wandle Valley Forum AGM
240416  Associate member and Surrey Bird Club walk
190416 Some new tree planting by Viridor is completed
140416 New Conservation and Access Management Committee site visit
040416  Bird and wildlife walk
230316  Incinerator development is underway. Challenges made to Viridor's local publicity campaign on grounds of mis-information. Meeting with communications rep.
150316  Meeting with Mark Constantine's team for update on Beddington Farmlands
090316  Neighbourhood Plan goes out for consultation
040316  Conservation Science Group meeting
Early March  Conservation works to lakes
240216  Neighbourhood Development Group meeting
190216  Meeting with Viridor director and Communications to discuss progress with nature reserve development
160216  Save Irrigation Bridge Campaign commences
110216  Ecology Park Group meeting
030216  Tree Sparrow crash features in Private Eye
300116  Gull Workshop
280116  Local Committee meeting
270116  Local media articles on collapse of Tree Sparrow population
200116  Beddington Farmlands features in Private Eye
080116  BBC Winterwatch feature on Beddington Farmlands

291115  Local campaigners attend the Climate March in London
241115  Local Government Ombudsman Investigation concludes that conditions should be enforced at Beddington Farmlands without further delay
261115  BFBG Executive Committee Meeting
251115  Neighbourhood Development Group Meeting
051115  Attend the Anonymous march in London
041115  Meeting with local councillors about the Ecology Park
031115  Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2015 published
281015  Neighbourhood Development Group Meeting
011015  Hackbridge Ecology Park Group Meeting
160915  Local authority standards committee looking into corruption involved with incinerator decision
130915  Associate Member Walk
110915  Beddington Farmlands in local media again- article about corruption involved in incinerator decision
100915  Consultation on new school commences
040915  Conservation Science Group Meeting
260815  Ecology Park Group Meeting
220815  Beddington Farmlands features in Private Eye. Meeting with anti-incinerator group.
190815  Visit by local children
100815  Hen Harrier Day 2
190715  Bird and Wildlife Walk
300615  Ecology Park Group Meeting
240615  Local Community Meeting (Meeting cancelled due to anti-incinerator hecklers)
230615  New entrance (Pocket Park project coordinated by Bioregional ) complete
210615  Public walk
070615  Associate Members Walk
260515  Wild flower strips blooming in Hackbridge- part of local biodiversity improvements
170515  London Natural History Society Botanical Group visit
140515  Beddington Farmlands in local media
060515  Neighbourhood Development Group meeting
280415  Oral Hearing for Incinerator Legal Challenge- Challenge declined
260415  Associate Members Day
180415  New Entrance to Farmlands development starts
130415  A great spring birding day
310315  BFBG Executive Committee Meeting
300315  Beddington Farmlands to feature in up coming general election campaign for local candidates
270315  Viridor funded tree planting and meadow creation
130315  Conservation work
070315  WWT Visioning Day for Ecology Park
060315  Conservation Science Group meeting
040315  Ecology Park Group meeting
210115-260115  Works to lakes and conservation work
230115  Wandle Forum Meeting
220115  BFBG AGM
130115  Ecology Park Group Meeting
070115  Neighbourhood Development Group Meeting
010115  The bioblitz, regular recording and ringing continues almost daily throughout year as usual

211214  Further biodiversity improvements in Hackbridge.
141214  Associate Members Day.
091214  Rally for Nature in London.
051214  Conservation Science Group Meeting
041214  Local Committee Meeting.
021214  Beddington Farmlands new FLIKR and TWITTER set up.
281114  Application to Court of Appeal made.
201114  Bioregional 20 year anniversary event
161114  Visit by David Lindo and student group.
121114  Appeal challenge attempted
071114  Meeting with local authority.
061114  Incinerator Gets Green Light
011114  Neighbourhood Development Group Workshop.
240914  Lush rep, Paul Morton visits Beddington Farmlands
150914  A serious of articles about up-coming Judicial Review
140914  Associate Member Walk.
050914  Conservation Science Group Meeting
210814  Beddington Farmlands on BBC London News again
210814  New Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve Facebook Page
200814  New Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve Website
180814  Meeting about new entrance on Mile Road Bridge and further enhancements
100814  Hen Harrier Day
080814  Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2013 released
050814  Meeting at Bioregional about Ecology Park/ Visitor facilities
040814  Rain gardens and signage to Beddington Farmlands completed in Hackbridge centre
030814  Beddington Farmlands on BBC News
270714  Bird and Willdife walk.
220714  Youth Offender Teams tidying up Mile Road Bridge. Team visits bi-weekly from here on for several months before being cut by local authority.
120714  Lush Day Trip. Mark Constantine agrees to partly fund Judicial Review
090714  The Story so Far: HERE
290614  Hackbridge Carnival featuring Beddington Farmlands stand.
250614  Discovery of White-letter Hairstreaks on Irrigation Bridge.
220614  Beddington Farmlands Public Walk.
170614  Judge grants permission for Judicial Review despite Sutton and Viridor's claim that the review is without merit
130614  Conservation Science Group meeting
110614  Written response to local MP statement.
040614  Viridor and Sutton Council announce they will utilise two Queen's Counsels to defend the Incinertor decision.            
010614  Conservation day at Beddington Farmlands.
030514  Beddington Farmlands Bird Race Day.
270414  New Village Sign featuring birds and importance of Beddington Farmlands. Associate member tour.
250414  Witness Statement drawn up for Judicial Review
230414  Defending the Patch article in Birdwatch Magazine
110414  Meeting with Bioregional about new entrance to Beddington Farmlands.
090414  New Wildlife Garden planted up in Hackbridge
040414  More wildlife friendly planting around Hackbridge
030414  Further writing of Neighbourhood Plan.
300314  Meadow strip seeded at the farmlands.
270314  Judicial Review, Letter Before Claim sent to Sutton Council. Articles in Local Media.
090314  Bioblitz continues. Roger Booth from NHM contributes further to Beetle list.
040314  Meeting with Beddington North neighbourhood Forum rep.
280214  London Tree Sparrow Partnership Meeting
260214  Meeting with Bioregional about New Entrance to Farmlands
240214  Judicial Review Fund Raiser by the Green Party
170214  BFBG Executive Committee Meeting
100214  Further judicial review meetings
050214  BBC Natural World documentary featuring Beddington Farmlands on You tube
300114  Stop the Incinerator Judicial Review Campaign material e.g. HERE
230114  BFBG AGM
230114  Column in Birdwatching magazine by David Lindo backing Beddington Farmlands Campaign
190114  Public walk at the farmlands and visit by Judicial Review team
180114  Judicial review meeting
100114  Conservation Science Group Meeting
80114    Met Sutton Biodiversity officer

071113  Incinerator Protest at Development Control Committee meeting
301013  Stop the Incinerator campaign fund raising campaign for judicial review costs commences. Various meetings and discussions with BFBG members, STI members and lawyers
261013  Further voluntary conservation work on green corridors
270813  BFBG and nature reserve promotion stand at the Carshalton Environmental Fair
250813  Local community bird and wildlife autumn walk.
210813  GLA approve incinerator proposal. Decision reported on BBC and ITN news. BFBG members interviewed.
110813  National Moth Night at Beddington Farmlands
070813  BBC London news report on incinerator (interview with BFBG members)
060813  Incinerator issue reported in national press
030813  BFBG members assist with London Borough of Sutton Bioblitz
280713  Local community bird and wildlife walk
180713  New Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report 2012 published
110713  Further moth trapping, entomological and botanical surveying towards species inventory
210613  BFBG discuss with local and london assembly members of the Green Party concerns regarding the incinerator
210613  Presentation at Wandle Conference to Wandle Valley Regional Park Forum and members of the Trust.  'The Sleeping Giant of London's Natural World'
080613  Neighbourhood development group carry out biodiversity improvements to Mile Road Bridge to improve entrance to nature reserve
170513  BFBG led e-campaign to encourage writing to Mayor's office to oppose incinerator
Stop the Incinerator campaign concurrently set up a petition to hand to the Mayor's office
150513  Incinerator gets permission from the local authority planning committee and is referred to the GLA for approval
060513  Further surveys (on going almost daily) for nature reserve species inventory
040513  Bird Race Day
280413  Bird and wildlife walk for the local ramblers group
270413  BFBG and nature reserve promotion stand at the LBS Biodiversity Gardens showcase event
260413  Further voluntary conservation work on green corridor improvements
240413  Planning Control Committee meeting to decide on incinerator proposal. BFBG had previously submitted three responses to the case planning officers objecting on various grounds. A decision is deferred.
070413  Significant pollution incident in the Northern Lake created by debris from the landfill site polluting the lake following a storm
060413  Further voluntary conservation work including new wildflower strips. Works begin on improving Mile Road Bridge entrance to the nature reserve. Viridor plant an area of the Southern mound with trees.
210213 BBC Natural World re-run 'Un-natural history of London' featuring Beddington Farmlands
190213  Meeting with design council (CABE) to comment on NDG plans including nature reserve proposals
160213  Presentation at Bioregional regarding neighhourhood development group (NDG) proposal to develop nature reserve. 'Hackbridge, Beddington Farmlands and the Wandle Valley Regional Park'.
              Meeting at council offices to discuss Biodiversity improvements between Beddington Farmlands and the Wandle Valley Regional park
              Conservation Science Group meeting- no consensus to approve new version of conservation management plan with incinerator included

081212-  BFBG invited to the House of Lords for 'Environment and Communities Reception'
                Weekly/ bi-weekly meetings in developing local neighbourhood plan and gateway to nature         reserve
071112-  Further volunteer conservation work on nature reserve green corridors
241012-  Volunteer conservation work along nature reserve green corridors (including the planting of 2500 bulbs with the local schools)
250912- A first for Beddington- Long-tailed Skua. The 257th species recorded for Beddington Farmlands.
160912- Local community bird and wildlife walk.
120912- BFBG led e-campaign to encourage local community to oppose incinerator plans
010912- Further volunteer conservation work at reserve
290812- Local authority led phase one habitat surveys along nature reserve green corridors.
Further consultation and meetings regarding incinerator proposal.
280812- The Carshalton Enviornmental Fair- promoting wildlife photography at Beddington farmlands and highlight of concerns regarding Incinerator
200812- Jersey Tiger moth invasion
240712- Further ongoing pan species recording (as part of species inventory for nature reserve)
180712  Hackbridge Church Bioblitz- led by London Borough of Sutton as part of integrating local community with nature reserve and borough wide biodiversity green space management
130712  Further work on the London Tree Sparrow partnership and the colour ringing project
080712  Hackbridge carnival and further nature reserve publicity and promotion as part of developing neighbourhood plan to develop a gateway to the regional park and the nature reserve
040712  Hawk moths make first appearance at 'obs' moth trap
100612  BFBG and nature reserve promotion stand at the London Borough of Sutton Bioblitz event
300512 National Bee-Day with BFBG members and local conservation charity Bioregional
270512  Further voluntary conservation work- wildflower meadows and wildlife gardening
240512  Further public consultation on the Incinerator. BFBG members provide extensive feedback.
150512  Entomological lab for species inventory set up at 'the obs'
100512  Turtle Dove at the obs feeding station on the day RSPB Operation Turtle Dove is launched
050512  The Incinerator issue is a main focus of local paper reporting
280412  BFBG Bird race day
230412  Local community bird and wildlife walk
220412  Further pan species recording- this on going initiative occurring most days
060412  Local demonstration to protect Irrigation Bridge as part of an access network to the nature reserve and wider regional park
010412  The Beddington Farmlands Ringing Station (to monitor bird migration)  is re-established- led by Mike Netherwood.
270312  The local authority assist in developing wildflower meadows in Hackbridge as part of integrating the nature reserve with the surrouding community
160312  I win an EU backed award for 'Environmental Excellence' lol :-)
120312  Latest in a whole series of meetings (one to two a week) working on developing a neighbourhood development plan which incorporates integration of the nature reserve and developing a gateway to the Wandle Valley Regional park. Partners include London Borough of Sutton, University College London, Bioregional and a wide range of local groups including the BFBG.
190212  Beddington Farmland Nature Reserve briefing report published by BFBG
140112  London Tree Sparrow Partnership propose colour ringing population
              Viridor commence public consultation of the incinerator

021111 Diverting of canal at nature reserve
191111 Hackbridge Neighbourhood Development Group, 're-visioning' day (Nature Reserve tour included)
151111 Funeral of Simon Aspinall- Beddington farmlands 'graduate', world class conservationist and founding member of Tree Sparrow conservation at Beddington.
141111 Tree Sparrows attracted to satellite feeding area (although only other side of railway)
131111 Further wildlife gardening in local community to promote integration of the reserve , the local village and the wider Wandle Valley Regional Park
270911 Meeting with Tom Brake (local MP) who agrees to lend further support the nature reserve development
180911 Local community autumn bird walk. A Pectoral Sandpiper is found. Systematic moth recording with actinic light commences from 'the obs'.
050911 Further moth trapping as part of pan species inventory recording
010911 Dewick's Plusia moth discovered. A small resident (breeding) population is the recorded case in the UK.
310811 Birdwatch Magazine review 'The Birds of Beddington Farmlands'- described as an 'Urban Birding Benchmark'
290811 BFBG and nature reserve publicity stand at the Carshalton Environmental Fair. Nature reserve supporters are added to mailing list (300+ members eventually signed up)
260811 Further voluntary (and some poorly paid) conservation work to assist Viridor in habitat management
210811 Local community autumn wildlife walk
080811 Local riots and rampaging
300711 Pan species inventory work continues
280711 Tree Sparrow feeding station is set up in satellite area to assist in wider ranging winter feeding
260711 Richard Black from RSPB speaks to BBC Radio 4 about the London Tree Sparrow Partnership
220711 A population of Common Lizards found on the reserve by ecological consultants (who later denied finding them in incinerator planning application !)
210711 Systematic moth trapping and botany recording continues
170711 London Tree Sparrow Partnership public presentation day
150711 Black Kite recorded- a first for the site
060711 British Birds publishes 1% threshold winter bird population paper. Green Sandpiper, Caspian Gull and Lesser Black Gull are 1% threshold species at Beddington Farmlands.
010711 'The Birds of Beddington Farmlands' available on i-tunes
250611  The London Tree Sparrow Partnership is set up- a partnership between the RSPB, Beddington Farm Bird Group, Viridor and MKA Ecology
160611  Natural re-generation on nature reserve produces a blaze of summer colour
200511 Local environmental charity Bioregional first attempt at taking a leading role in development of nature reserve
010511 BFBG take part in International Dawn Chorus Day and lead public tour
270411 Beddington Farmlands Pan Species Inventory begins
170411 Local community spring bird walk
090411 Local Newspaper article 'Choking on Incinerator Plans'
160311 BBC Natural World documentary making
250211 Re-generation development in Hackbridge commences
240111 Bat boxes put up on reserve
230111 Presentation at local community forum about Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve
190111 BBC Natural World documentary making
160111 Local paper article about publication of 'The Birds of Beddington Farmlands'
100111  Birdwatch Artist of the Year Szabolcs Kokay designs Beddington Farmalnds Nature Reserve logo
070111  BBC Natural World documentary making at Beddington Farmlands

201210 Just a great days birding at Beddington Farmlands
181110 The Birds of Beddington Farmlands book published
111110 Wandle Valley Regional Park Forum working groups established
180910 BFBG and nature reserve publicity stand at the Hackbridge Carnival
110910 Hackbridge Forum meeting (in the previous week). Local authority led localism meeting about empowering local people into the planning system. Hackbridge chosen as a Localism front runner as part of Coalition Government Big Society initiative. Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve key feature of local planning strategy.
020910 Birdwatch article published 'Building the Reserve of the Future'
110810 Further reed bed planting on Southern Lake
080810 Local community early autumn bird walk
070810 Photograph of  controversial Glaucous-winged Gull  at Beddington Farmlands wins British Birds Karl Zeiss Award
030810 Further voluntary conservation work
220710  Reed Bed Planting on Southern Lake
090710  New Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve newsletter is launched
200610   London Natural History Society Botany group conduct botany survey
180610 BBC Springwatch featuring Beddington birders is televised
060610 Wandle Festival Weekend- Festival to promote the Wandle Valley Regional Park (Beddington Farmlands forms the core of the Regional Park)
150510 Beddington Birders and the Urban Birder take part in Springwatch and the Oystercatcher Bird Race
060510 Local newspaper article on migration studies at Beddington Farmlands/ Greater London
020510 Pacific Golden Plover at Beddington Farmlands- the first in London for over 100 years
280410 Wandle Valley Regional Park Conference- workshop featuring Beddington Farmlands
250410 Local community Spring bird walk
210410 BBC Documentary making about wildlife in London- featuring Beddington Farmlands
180410 Local Paper Article 'BBC Migration Studies at Beddington Farmlands'
070410 BFBG team up with Tower 42 Bird Study Group for media campaign
270310 Local Newspaper article 'Outrage to Build Incinerator on Local Nature Reserve'
260310 BFBG join Tower 42 Bird Study Group (Urban Birding Promotion Campaign by David Lindo)
240310 Conservation volunteer day with BFBG members, MKA Ecology and Viridor
230310 Local Community produce own newsletter- Beddington Farmlands to be a key aspect to future of local area from outset
210310  Bird walk for London Natural History Society members led by Derek Coleman- one of up to six a year of these visits
180310  Local paper article about sustainable village plans (and integration with nature reserve)
160310  Further public wildlife garden planting at 'the obs'
150310  RSPB senior officials visit site to discuss their involvement in Nature Reserve development
150210  New mailing list for supporters of Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve set up
110210  Local meeting to plan local improvements to integrate local neighbourhood to nature reserve
090210  News of Incinerator proposal is leaked
260110  New feeding station for public viewing established at obs
210110  BFBG join local Neighbourhood Development Group to champion nature reserve development
170110  Lapland Bunting twitch- BFBG open site and manage twitch
140110  Local paper article on winter wildlife at Beddington Farmlands

241209  Roger Browne publishes first of many on line Beddington Farmalnds photo gallery
221209  Wildlife documentary filming at Beddington Farmlands
131209  Winter birding public tour
091209  Wildlife garden planting carried out at 'the obs'
261109  Local paper article published
181109  Interview with local paper about Beddington Farmlands and future nature reserve plans
311009  BFBG stall at the Croydon RSPB fair
041009  Local community tour led by 'The Urban Birder', David Lindo
130909  I purchase property ('the obs') overlooking site with aim of being in a prime position to increase monitoring, campaigning activity and also green improvements connecting nature reserve with village and River Wandle
190809  Beddington Farm Bird Group reviews aims and objectives and re-organises
120709  Public tour of Beddington for local people- the first of many tours aimed at educating local people to the importance of the site and future plans to develop a public nature reserve
220609  David Lindo, 'The Urban Birder' visits Beddington as a champion of a major urban nature reserve for South London
020509  Patchwatch- BFBG support and donate to Birdwatch campaign for Azores Bullfinch
010409  G20 Protests in London attended
250309  Blog debate about the plight of Beddington with RSPB staff

151208 BFBG Voluntary work clearing North Lake to assist Viridor in habitat management

Friday, 7 July 2017

RED-VEINED DARTER - Beddington Farmlands

Male Red-veined Darter on the Southern Mound yesterday evening. Identification features include the thick black bordered pterostigma (the rectangular shape towards the tip of the leading edge of the wings), red eyes with blue border, the whitish dash on the side of the thorax and also the Red-veins in the wing.
Dewick's Plusia- it's that time of year again
Epinotia sp ? 
Great Burnet on the Southern Mound
Wild Carrot and Knapweed on the MG5 habitat on the Southern Mound

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Nature Friendly LIDL

As always I do my best to buy nature friendly accredited consumer goods. LIDL traditionally haven't been great at stocking accredited goods but recently things are getting better there and yesterday I managed to do a full shop of MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), Rainforest Alliance, Free Range and Organic goods. When I do an accredited shop to fill my cupboards in Sainsbury's it cots about £180 but a similar shop yesterday in LIDL cost nearer £100- so ethical shopping is definitely getting affordable. Of course if I did a non-ethical shop in LIDL I could have filled my cupboards for about £40 but needless to say that is the food of Capitalist dogs, produced by Capitalist pigs who all deserve to get all sorts of diseases from eating the spoils of loveless production before they burn in hell for eternity.

,,,,,and before the puritanical hounds set upon me I do also spread my consumerism of large chain shopping with organic veg from the local Sutton Community farm, fresh fish from the Friday fisherman, odds and sods from the local TUX grocers and food nights out at independent pubs and restaurants.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


A very attractive documentary about isolation from nature narrated by Vanessa Paradis. 

On Netflix at moment: HERE

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Non-stop Mothing

At the farmlands, Lapwings are starting to form post breeding flocks, a Common Sandpiper was on the north lake on Saturday and Green Sandpiper numbers are building on 100 acre- it's must be the start of 'autumn' and time for birds to start featuring again on birding blogs following the high summer bugging and botanising peak. 

 Male Lapwing still holding territory on 100 acre 
 Green Sandpipers on 100 acre 
 Gadwall have also formed post breeding groups on 100 acre- a feature of the last few years 
 Rosy-striped Knot-horn Oncocera semirubella
 Early Thorn 
 White Sallow Bell Epinotia subocellana (I think) 
Box Tree Moth

Large numbers of Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner yesterday

And a few from the Old Vicarage
 White Satin Moth (on right) with Buff Ermine 
 Spotted Shoot Moth Rhyacionia pinivorana
 Small Emerald
A dark Mottled Beauty (?) 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Oxfordshire Botany

Met up with Gareth Knass today and visited a few botanical hot spots in Oxfordshire. We visited Lye Valley Nature Reserve, Sydlings Copse, Pryton Hill and Aston Rowant.

Lye Valley (Calcareous Fen habitat) 
 The stunning Marsh Helleborine 
 Lye Valley
 Marsh Woundwort 
 Parsley Water-dropwort
 Marsh Lousewort
 Marsh Pennywort (also Marsh Valerian in pic) 
 Flea Sedge. Gareth also found Brown, Carnation, Common, Few-flowered Spike-rush, Glaucous, Pendulous, Long-stalked Yellow Sedge and Greater Tussock Sedge. 
 Lesser Pond Sedge- identified by the acute angled ligule
 Marsh Arrowgrass
 Cotton Grass 
Marsh Helleborine again

Sydlings Copse (Limestone grassland)

 Rough Hawkbit was abundant in the limestone grassland habitat.
 Common Fragrant Orchid 
 Wild Liquorice

Pryton Hill and Aston Rowant (Chalk Grasslands) 

 Views from the Chiltern Ridge 
 Frog Orchid 
 Pyramidal Orchids and Yellow-wort
 Thyme-leaved Sandwort
 The very rare Small-leaved Sweet-Briar on left compared to Dog Rose on right 
 Small-leaved Sweet-Briar- the thorns are broader based than other roses
 One of the main features of Rosa agestris (Small-leaved Sweet Briar) is the glandular texture on the underside of the leaves
 The glands also extend to the rachis 
 The fruit stalks of Small-leaved Sweet Briar are long and bare
 Small flowered Sweet-briar for comparison showing the prickled flower stalk 
 Hairy Dog Rose- the underside of the leaves have hairs rather than glands
and another Rose for the day- Field Rose. 

In short- an epic day! Thanks a lot Gareth and looking forward to next botany exploration trip soon.