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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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3 weeks 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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3 weeks ago

Claire Williams

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

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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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1 month 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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2 months ago

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For local residents. Here's a few of the most likely butterflies you will see in your garden over this Easter holiday

Pics 1-10 1) Small Tortoiseshell 2) Peacock, 3) Brimstone, 4) Orange-tip, 5) Orange-tip female (looks like a White so you need to check the underwing for this distinctive pattern) 6) Green-veined White (again check the underwing of the 'Whites' 7) Small White (plain yellow underwing with dark spot) 8) Holly Blue 9) Speckled Wood, 10) Comma
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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS ACCESS UPDATE

Following the new government guidelines, the public hides are now closed but the permissive path remains open for one daily exercise
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2 months ago

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ACCESS TO BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS

Government guidance (at this time) advocates members of the community enjoying the fresh air as long as they remain at least 2m apart.

The permissive footpath & bird hides will remain open, however we would encourage members of the community to remain 2m apart and do not touch any surfaces of the hides. (If surfaces are touched please wash hands when you get home/as soon as possible)

More social distancing details here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-peop...

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2 months ago

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TEN LOCALLY COMMON GARDEN BIRDS

If you find yourself spending more time at home over the next few weeks here are ten common garden birds that can be found in our local area to look out for.

Please share your photos with this page on any birds you don't recognise or any great photos you get- please private message to admin or share in the comments box and we can share a selection of them.

Images below: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Robin, Common Buzzard (look up for this one, flying over at height- now a regular sight in the local area) , Blackbird, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail and Long-tailed Tit
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2 months ago

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An extremely rare arrival today of two Twite at the Farmlands. A bird of upland regions.

Only the third time this species has been seen at the farmlands and the last time two were seen in the county was 1986.
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3 months ago

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The Beddington Farmlands 2018 Bird and Wildlife Report is now available.

For online version see project log : www.researchgate.net/project/Beddington-Farmlands-Nature-Reserve

If you would like to order a hard copy please email littleoakgroup@btinternet.com
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3 months ago

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Link to new MP speaking in House of Commons about the Beddington incinerator here : m.youtube.com/watch?v=zjyY0CpBcio

The Liberal Democrat post below appears not entirely complete- the new MP also wants to tackle congestion and air pollution and in air pollution that includes the 275 000 tonnes of co2 being emitted and the necessary carbon accounting and mitigation that requires. It’s good to hear the restoration of Beddington farmlands as a top priority. Agree we need accountability and mitigation for air pollution and congestion, negative impacts on the developing regional park and ecological impacts and need to see the incinerator as the next step in the journey to the circular and sustainable economy in Sutton.The new Tory MP in Carshalton and Wallington agreed that the ERF was a better solution to landfill, seemed impressed by the facility & professionalism of the staff working on site. He clarified that he would not campaign to decommission the ERF as this is the best solution we currently have to deal with our waste.

My observations on the presentation and the ERF visit that I organised with him: here: bit.ly/2up4Z6K

Councillor Manuel Abellan, , Chair of Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee
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4 months ago

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Rare Bird Alert! Not exactly Beddington Farmlands, just five minutes away along the Wandle Trail at Poulter's Park. A Yellow-browed Warbler from Siberia has been found in the company of 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 10 Common Chiffchaffs with a female Firecrest nearby.
Only the second record of Yellow-browed Warbler for the local area and the first time in winter.
More on the blog: peteralfreybirdingnotebook.blogspot.com/2020/02/south-london-sibe-hotspot.html
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4 months ago

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The Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve is effectively being sold as parent company Pennon are putting Viridor up for sale for £4 billion. Share price of Viridor has soared by 46% in last twelve months- a 10 year high.

Considering billions of pounds (contract value of the Beddington incinerator alone is £1 billion) are being made at Beddington Farmlands there really shouldn't be any corner cutting in costs to create a premier urban nature reserve for the London Borough of Sutton.

Sutton Council Extinction Rebellion Sutton
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4 months ago

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Following public feed back, the public bird hides on the permissive footpath have now been retro-fitted to provide viewing at various heights to allow views of the wildlife (and the incinerator) for everybody ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

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