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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”
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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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23 hours ago

Beddington Farmlands

Latest corporate video from Viridor about the restoration progress
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSrBCkp67kE
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A special visitor today, a White Stork. This bird is from the Knepp Estate Re-wilding project. identified by it's blue ring GB35. At Knepp they are re-introducing White Storks into the wild where they are now successfully breeding in the wild. This bird has been seen in Wiltshire and was also on Mitcham Common this morning.

The bird can be seen from the Wet Grassland hide.

Photo by David Warren.
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6 days ago

Peter Alfrey

A special visitor today, a White Stork. This bird is from the Knepp Estate Re-wilding project. identified by it's blue ring GB35. At Knepp they are re-introducing White Storks into the wild where they are now successfully breeding in the wild. This bird has been seen in Wiltshire and was also on Mitcham Common this morning.

The bird can be seen from the Wet Grassland hide.

Photo by David Warren.
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2 weeks ago

Councillor Ben Andrew

Hi all. The next meeting of the CAMC is next Thursday. Are there any points or questions about the restoration of Beddington Farmlands which you would like me to raise with Viridor on your behalf?

Let me know here or on ben.andrew@sutton.gov.uk
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Common and Green Sandpipers are currently showing well from the Wet Grassland hide on the permissive path.

Common Sandpiper (image one) is smaller and browner than Green Sandpiper. In flight Common has typical fluttering flight with a bar through the tail.

Green Sandpiper (image two) appears more black and white than Common Sandpiper. In flight it shows a conspicuous white rump. One of the best features to separate the two species is the dark breast meets the wing with a straight edge on Green Sandpiper. On Common Sandpiper there is a prominent white gap between the brown breast and the wing.

Good luck with seeing them and telling them apart!

Photos by Arjun Dutta
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Latest roadmap from ViridorHere is Viridor's latest roadmap on the restoration of Beddington Farmlands.

On Wednesday we had the first Access Working Group meeting. We have asked that the Farmlands has access on par with other nature reserves and are waiting for a site visit to Thurrock Thameside Nature Park.
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Quite a rare visitor today , a Great white egret viewable from the public hides. Also our regular Kingfishers . (Photo 4 by Zach Pannifer) ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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A few pictures from yesterday's Save the Lapwings demonstration and walk at Beddington Farmlands
A bit more on blog here: peteralfreybirdingnotebook.blogspot.com/2020/08/save-lapwing-walk-beddington-farmlands.html
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2 months ago

Beddington Farmlands

STILL SPACES AVAILABLE ON TOMORROW'S (SATURDAY 29th AUGUST) LAPWING WALK (FREE) AT BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS
Meet at 10 am at Beddington Park London Road, Car Park.
Walk lasts 1.5 hours.
Come and learn about the local Lapwings and see other wildlife.
Please book via PM this page or email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com
More details on website: bfnr.org.uk/2020/08/save-the-lapwings/
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2 months ago

Beddington Farmlands

WHY JOIN US ON THE 29TH?

The Beddington Incinerator has been built on a 400 acre nature reserve, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and supposedly protected as Metropolitan Open Land but now a site of local species extinction. ⠀

Habitat loss, deforestation, restoration delays and lack of a water management plan have caused ecological collapse with local extinction of the tree sparrow, yellow wagtail, little ringed plover and redshank as well as declines in many species populations. The lapwing is threatened with imminent extinction.⠀

Join us on the 29th of August in Beddington Park to raise awareness of our local ecological emergency and #SaveTheLapwings.

Look out for our other posts coming later this week on the other incinerator issues #OurAirIsRubbish #TheBurningIssue #IncineratorInjustice
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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Charlotte Weddell

Does anyone know whether its possible to pre check whether the permissive footpath is going to be closed? Only, I went there today to find a sign up saying it was closed for today 😕 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Beddington Farmlands

Look out, there's Tigers about

At Beddington Farmlands and also in gardens and parks across Sutton and Croydon now is the peak time for Tiger moths- Garden Tiger (pic 1), Jersey Tiger (pic 2) and Ruby Tiger (pic 3).

The Jersey Tiger is the most numerous and is commonly seen resting on house walls and disturbed from garden vegetation. Garden Tiger is becoming increasingly rare and Ruby Tiger may be attracted to garden lights at night.

Insect activity increases dramatically during heat waves. In the last few days over 100 species of moth have been recorded at Beddington Farmlands. For more see here: peteralfreybirdingnotebook.blogspot.com/2020/08/beddington-farmlands-heat-wave.html
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3 months ago

John Dixon

I am wondering if anyone can help. Went running this morning (3rd August between 9.30 and 10.30) on the path that runs from Beddington park next to the railway line up to Mitcham Junction and have lost a set of keys. Has anyone found a set. They are fairly big and include a radar key. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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