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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. Key-holder membership includes site access, member-only events, and an annual wildlife report. More »

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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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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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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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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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The count down to Moth Night 2020 begins... ... See MoreSee Less

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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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2 months ago

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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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2 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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2 months ago

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Excellent news! Thanks to everyone who signed the petition to ensure that there is good public access to the nature reserve ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT*
VIRIDOR ARE ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK FULL PUBLIC ACCESS TO THIS VIEW POINT (image below)

This view is one of the main Wandle Vistas wandlevalleypark.co.uk/projects/wandle-vistas/, the most stunning features of the Wandle Valley Regional Park and Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve. Currently within existing planning conditions a Sustrans path (for cycling and walking) is required to be created to this viewpoint. Viridor have recently submitted a planning application to clear that planning condition (to repeat they have applied for permission to no longer provide adequate public access to this viewpoint) . More information (including summary and also full planning application here : hackbridgendg.com/2020/06/25/viridor-submits-changes-in-materials-of-approved-path-for-beddington...).

Please sign and share the petition to stop Viridor's latest attempt at damaging our nature reserve and to make sure that they provide adequate public access to this viewpoint.
www.suttoninsight.com/?fbclid=IwAR1HKDSu8PUL5uIqtttwkb5BjQfQQ9VyaVFZaQE7NGab1C2h_SlGLVlgSBA
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3 months ago

Charlotte Weddell

Had a lovely walk to the farmlands from Mitcham Junction and had a first sighting for me. A cinnabar moth, so that was very nice to see. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Charlotte Weddell

Just at Beddington Farmlands now. Not sure if this the same graffiti people were talking about or a new addition. Either way, bloody terrible. So far its in two of the hides I've been into 🙁 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Councillor Ben Andrew

The CAMC just ended. To be honest it was a bit underwhelming, but I'm glad they agreed to hold a follow up meeting in July when we can hopefully get more answers.

I'll post a summary of what I thought came from the meeting in the coming days.
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