Beddington Farmlands Review 2016


White Stork- bird of the year (top picture by David Campbell)

Siberian Chiffchaff in January

The first record of breeding Greylag Goose

Redstart in the hand

Honey Buzzard over the hide

A good selection of gulls including several  Iceland Gulls and the recent Glaucous Gull (below)

Black Terns from the obs

Plum-headed Parakeet in the Obs garden (a new escape species)

A pair of breeding Barn Owl was one of the year’s highlights. Dissection of the pellets revealed a diet of rodents- indicating a healthy rodent population.


Acrobasis repandana- a new one for the site.

Anania perlucidalis- a first for the farmlands.

Dewick’s Plusia- a handful of records again

Ash-bud moth- new for the farmlands

Brown Argus- a local scarcity

Black Arches

A great year for Six-spotted Burnets

A record year for Marbled Whites with up to 50+

Boxworm Moth- a first for the site

2016 will be remembered for the massive influx of Diamond-back Moths- there could have been up to 1.5 million on site!

Great Burnet- a first for the farmlands

Full details of the State of Nature at Beddington Farmlands is published annually in the Yearly Report. The on going species inventory and other information can be found on the website



Several areas of the grassland habitats were seeded with sacrificial crops and flowering meadows

Regular public and associate member walks through the year

The new Shelduck boxes

Hackbridge Volunteers maintaining the entrance


Unfortunately 2016 was another year of ecological crisis at the farmlands (see links below for more details)

 A new Conservation and Access Management Committee was set up in 2016 which will hopefully assist in meeting the challenges ahead.

To highlight the issues local community groups and the bird group continued the campaign to raise awareness of the challenges and the need for necessary reforms and coordinated activism to assist in the delivery of a commitment to the reserve development.

 Stop the Incinerator Protest in Summer

An article in Pulse, the newsletter for the Prestiguous Linnaean Society, outlines the main issues

The Tree Sparrow Population at the farmlands has a collapsed- only 2-3 pairs remaining from one of the largest strong holds in the UK. A Tree Sparrow Management Plan and the Conservation Management Plan was never implemented despite planning conditions.

Private Eye exposing the ecological collapse and on going issues

Myself and David Lindo on BBC Winterwatch

The controversial issues were also exposed in a posting on Mark Avery’s blog