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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

Beddington Farm Bird Group

Beddington Farm Bird Group

Formed in 1992, the Beddington Farm Bird Group monitors breeding and wintering bird populations as well as migration at Beddington Farmlands. In addition, the bird group also carries out habitat management and restoration, working closely with site management. More »

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We have been getting a few enquires recently about what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest. Here is the advice from the wildlife trusts. Please share. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Alison Ludlam

My new cycle adventure around Beddington Farmlands... beautiful and tranquil surroundings except the birds! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Marc Schembri

Thanks for allowing me to join the group. Going to the Farmlands for the first time tomorrow with my father. He used to go to the Thames sewage works back in the 70’s. Looking forward to my visit, especially after watching the clip on Springwatch last week. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Alan Phillips

Can anyone advise what the swarms of giant mosquito looking insects are along the path? Thanks ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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An Eagle flew over the farmlands today!!

A White-tailed Eagle (G405) from the Isle of Wight re-introduction scheme, tracked across South London and over Beddington Farmlands at 12pm today.

The first record of this species for the farmlands found by Ian Jones.

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3 months ago

Jay Ka

I shot this in Beddington Park in January or February 2021. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Jay Ka

GB35 yesterday 20 March from hide number 2 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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Incredible news on our White stork by www.birdguides.com. After spending the winter at Beddington Farmlands ‘GB35’ (also known as Henry Kravis after the Beddington Farmlands new owner) flew north last week towards Lancashire and is now in Wales . ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Paul Bates

Are there Ravens on the site? ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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Unfortunately the permissive path is to be closed between 2nd and 6th March for tree planting and landscaping works ... See MoreSee Less

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Last Saturday (20 February), Linda and I went for a lovely 5K walk through Beddington Farmlands

Here are a few images from our walk ...
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4 months ago

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#TenNewParks // Park Four

Sutton – Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve

Beddington Farmlands is a 161 hectare site (slightly bigger than Hyde Park) at the centre of the wider Wandle Valley Regional Park. Together with the adjacent green spaces of Beddington Park and Mitcham Common, this is one of the largest contiguous green spaces in south London! 🌳

The site is currently the location of an incinerator being built by Viridor. Viridor was required to restore the surrounding area, set targets for increasing key wildlife and restore the site into a mosaic of important habitats for wildlife. Today, the incinerator is finished but the restoration plans have fallen behind... ⏳

Residents and local groups such as Beddington Farmlands and Wandle Valley Forum are campaigning for the Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve to become a reality. They want Sutton Council, Viridor and Thames Water to put an end to the delays and work together to restore the site, deliver the promised nature reserve!

Read more about our Ten New Parks campaign 👇

www.cprelondon.org.uk/news/lets-create-ten-major-new-parks-for-london-now/

#LondonParks #LondonGreenSpace #LondonTrees #LondonNature #LondonWildlife #GreenBelt #GreenSpace4All #BeddingtonFarmlands
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4 months ago

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The 2020 Beddington Farmlands Bird and Wildlife Report is now available here: www.researchgate.net/publication/349215264_BEDDINGTON_FARMLANDS_BIRD_AND_WILDLIFE_REPORT_2020141

In summary 141 bird and 327 moths species were recorded (a record year for moths) . Highlights included Cattle Egrets (2nd record), Yellow-browed Warbler, the Twites, Black-necked Grebes, Red-crested Pochard, Goshawk, 4 records of Crossbill (second best year), a Spoonbill, the first Arctic Skua since 2002 and of course the Knepp White Stork.

On the breeding bird front Buzzards bred for the first time on site, Little Ringed Plover recolonised (2 pairs), Pochards bred and Little Grebe, Stock Dove, Linnet, Coot, Cetti's Warbler (9 territories!) and Goldfinch had their best breeding seasons ever.

12 new species of moth were recorded including the impressive looking Leopard Moth.

Sadly 2020 was the first year that Tree Sparrows did not breed in over 100 years and the Lapwing breeding population declined further.

On the campaigning front the save the lapwing petition reached 65,000 signatories by the end of the year and the path (public access) petition reached over 1500 signatories.

The report also includes a section on ringed gull recoveries and there are two systematic lists for Birds and Moths which detail the all time lists and numbers of records for rarities.

2020 is the first year that we have completely digitized our bird records and the systematic list is now available on line only through hyperlinks in the report and a QR code. Using Ebird and Irecord to automate the systematic list writing we have beat our previous speed for publication. Previously the soonest we could get an annual report out was 8-9 months into the following year. In 2020 we did it in just over a single month.

Elliot Colburn MP Councillor Ben Andrew Sheldon Vestey Dave Tchil Lysanne Horrox
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4 months ago

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The first video recording of the extremely elusive Jack Snipe at Beddington Farmlands by Shaun Ferguson ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Shaun Ferguson

Jack Snipe this morning. (Sorry about the wind noise, there was no way I was taking my gloves off to put my dead cat on so you'll have to deal with it I'm afraid...) ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

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The recent cold spell has had a big impact on the local wildlife. Rare visitors and migrant birds have arrived from the north and east escaping the conditions, local birds have struggled to find food and many birds have left the farmlands and headed south.

Highlights include flocks of Lapwings arriving, the rare Little Gull and Grey Plover visiting, Snipes and Jack Snipes showing well and fortunately our White Stork is still alive and well!
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Many thanks to our friends for their support of Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve

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