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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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Happy New Year everyone!

Here are all the pictures from Beddington Farmlands that made it into the 2021 album. An amazing variety of different species and some real treasures too! Highlights included the Yellow-browed Warbler at the start of the year, multiple White Storks, a Temminck's Stint, and the site's first ever Penduline Tit, Silver-washed Fritillary and Mullein Moth.

158 bird species were recorded in 2021.
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Nearby on the Wandle today near the bridge on hackbridge road , this Grey Heron swallows a large brown trout whole. Brown Trout spawn up to January and sometimes die while spawning which is most likely what happened here.
Photo by Sheldon Vestey and thanks for information from Claire Williams .
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2 months ago

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MP Elliot Colburn in Parliament asking the Prime Minster Boris Johnson about the potentially fraudulent Beddington Farmlands incinerator and district heat network m.youtube.com/watch?v=NFoBxqQzneM&feature=emb_logo ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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Timeline PhotosThe damning independent report is clear: Sutton Council created SDEN on false pretences and they have failed to manage the company since its inception.

I will continue fighting on behalf of residents on this. You can read more in MyLondon this week.👇

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One of the main deciding factors that the Beddington Farmlands incinerator was granted planning permission within green belt was the environmental benefits of the district heat network . It now appears there was a fundamentally flawed case for the viability of that network . ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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An exciting sighting around the North Lake today. A juvenile Penduline Tit found by Zach Pannifer and Roger Browne was a new species for the Farmlands, taking the site up to 262 bird species ever recorded. This is the second ever record in Surrey after one in 2018 at Walton Reservoir and only the 4th record in the UK this year! ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

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Viridor update on reserve development at council meeting this evening . Watch live - details here .Beddington Farmlands
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You can watch Viridor's update at Sutton Council's Housing, Economy & Business Committee (HEB) on the progress of the Farmlands TONIGHT (28 Sept from 7.30pm, item 6)

moderngov.sutton.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=450&MId=5613&Ver=4&fbclid=IwAR1o08uk_0YKHBmGcZKE...

There has actually been significant progress from our last site visit in May when we walked around on 16 September, but there is still concerns that the deadline will not be met; the issues around acid grassland; dying trees; access and suitable path material.

Wandle Valley Forum have produced a paper, including our concerns to all the Councillor's on the HEB Committee.

www.wandlevalleyforum.org.uk/uploads/5/8/4/3/58438085/beddington_farmlands_wvf_note_-_sutton_coun...
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4 months ago

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2 Ruff originally found by Anand Ramesh from public hide, now showing well for warden Charlie Owens in the restricted area of the site, who has managed to get this great footage showing the variation of size within the species between males and females. These will have dropped in to feed up before continuing their migration from their breeding grounds in the Arctic, heading back to Africa for the winter. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

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A Spotted crake is currently showing from the south lake hide . This very rare species is only the 10th record for the farmlands since the 1960s.
Found by Nick Gardner and photo by Phil Wallace .
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5 months ago

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This is the latest update from Viridor.

We are still waiting to see the planning application to change existing planning conditions prior to submission and have been told that will be before the next CAMC meeting on 16 September.

Part of it will include the changes in material of planned paths and new proposed paths, something we have worked extremely hard on over the last year. We will obviously post more information once we receive it and residents should be able to comment once it goes live on the planning portal.
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