Beddington Farmlands: A premier urban nature
reserve for the Wandle Valley Regional Park
Beddington Farmlands is a 161 hectare (400 acre) site in the coreland of the wider Wandle Valley Regional Park. Together with the adjacent green spaces of Beddington Park and Mitcham Common, Beddington Farmlands forms one of the largest contiguous green spaces in south London.
Beddington Farmlands is an important area for wildlife and is classified a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and Metropolitan Open Land (equivalent of Green Belt within an urban area). The site is being restored into a mosaic of important habitats for wildlife ahead of the development of a flagship nature reserve for people and nature.
“The ‘sleeping giant’ of London’s natural history world”
David Lindo, BBC broadcaster, writer and public speaker
Waste management company Viridor have applied to build an incinerator on part of the farmlands agreed to be designated a nature reserve as mitigation for land-filling on the site. The Stop the Incinerator campaign is fighting to stop the incinerator from being built. More »
Part of Beddington Farmlands is currently used for landfill and access is restricted for safety reasons. The Beddington Farm Bird Group run occasional public guided bird and wildlife tours throughout the year in order to allow the public to experience the rich diversity of wildlife found here. More »
Formed in 1992, the Beddington Farm Bird Group monitors breeding and wintering bird populations and migration at the farmlands, and carries out habitat management and restoration. Key-holder membership includes site access, member-only events, and an annual wildlife report. More »