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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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*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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1 week 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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1 week 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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2 weeks 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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2 weeks ago

Marc Simpson

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3 weeks ago

Councillor Ben Andrew

The Conservation and Access Management Committee is meeting remotely on Thursday: our first meeting in six months.

I have loads of concerns about the restoration process at the moment, as I know many residents do. Thanks to Peter Alfrey and others who have already sent me questions and points they would like to see raised on Thursday.

I'm keen to represent your concerns in the short time I can in this meeting, so please comment with anything you would like me to raise. The main subjects I would like urgent clarity on are:

- The illegal development being undertaken at Oak Copse.
- How we can protect lapwing and other important species, including with management of water-levels and fencing which will keep focuses out.
- How we can assess the pros and cons of the proposed changes to the cycle path which Viridor are asking for planning permission for.
- How we can ensure that an acid grassland is still feasible, as Viridor had promised it would be. If, as is looking more and more likely, that it will not be feasible, how can we ensure an equally valuable alternative to something with such a high ecological value?
- How can we ensure that the permissive path is kept much clearer of litter? It has been a mess recently.

I will provide an update on how the meeting goes afterwards, with the answers which Viridor have provided on these subjects and others.
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3 weeks ago

Marc Simpson

Hi Everyone. I am planning to visit on Monday to Photograph some birds. Please can anyone advise the best place to park my car, I don't mind paying to park, and the best access point to be able to use the hides for the north and the south lakes. Thanks in advance for your help.. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Anna Easton

enjoyed my first proper walk in here earlier. Hopefully when lockdown eases someone could pop in a sign at the little junctions as I got a bit lost trying to pop out at Mitcham Junction! Then walked home following the Wandle. Lovely. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Claire Williams

Little ringed Plover 9th May. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Beddington Farmlands

The rare and beautiful Black-necked Grebe visited Beddington Farmlands yesterday- only the 12th record for the site.

The Beddington Farmlands permissive path is still open to the local public during lockdown. Please practise social distancing.
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2 months ago

Aidan Anderson

Spotted in the last week.
Black caps
Reed warblers
Sedge warblers
Cetti’s warbler
Willow warblers
Chiff chaffs
A pair of twites
A pair of kestrels
Great spotted woodpecker
A pair of nuthatches.

I’m not really into the water fowl so I’m sorry for not putting these up.
Hope it’s ok to share this.
If anyone’s seen any other interesting birds
I’d love to know. 😊
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