Monday, 8 February 2016

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Non-local Walk- Walthamstow Reservoirs/Wetlands

 The Heronry 
 The Cormorantry? (Continental Cormorant colony- LWT say the faeces are so acidic that it has killed the trees on the island) 
 The New Visitors Centre

 The London Wildlife Trust plan to open one of the largest urban nature reserves in Europe by 2017 by developing the existing habitats and constructing visitor and public engagement facilities 
Part of the plan is to link the Stoke Newington Reservoirs (Woodberry Wetlands) with the Walthamstow Reservoirs (and the Lea Valley Regional Park)

Went on a London Wildlife Trust walk today to have a look at the developing major urban nature reserve in North London and do a bit of fact finding. So now we've got London Wetland Centre in the west, Rainham in the east, Walthamstow developing in the North and Beddington Farmlands developing in the South. 

There are a lot of parallels with the Walthamstow Wetlands project and the development model for Beddington. The London Wildlife Trust are the project managers, the land is owned by Thames Water, there are various community groups involved (e.g. the area is the largest fishery in London, its part of the Lea Valley Regional Park) and the money is coming from the National Lottery Fund. 

The first meeting of the Beddington Farmlands CAMC (Conservation Access Management Committee) was held recently and the group will be consolidated in the next few months bringing together representatives from Viridor, the local authority, London Wildlife Trust, the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, the Wandle Forum and local community reps.  

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Local walk

 The usual local suspects 
 The Culvers Retreat Cork Oak (one of the largest specimens in the country)

Went on a walk this morning round some of the green links between the farmlands and River Wandle led by Bob Steele (author of the Wandle Companion) and Sue Morgan (CEO of the Regional Park). 
The main purpose of the walk was to kick start a feasibility study for the renovation of Culvers Lodge- an old lodge house which used to be part of the old manor house and estate Culvers House. The renovation will include the renovation of the lodge gardens which is part of one of the green corridors that link the farmlands with the Wandle and Wandle trail.

Had the first Quaker of the year in the light trap a couple of nights ago. Also Clouded Drab. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Inglorious Bustards- Champions of the Flyway 2016

I'm excited about taking part in the Champions of the Flyway 2016 in a team called the Inglorious Bustards. The event takes place in Israel in late March. 
This year we will be raising money for Birdlife Greece: More HERE
Here's our team bio: INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS PAGE 

Please donate to our team :-) HERE

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Gull Workshop

First-winter Caspian Gull 
First-winter Caspian Gull 
  Gull workshop group  (photo by Lukas Becker)
Photo Lukas Becker 

Had the gull workshop today. 11 people took part, we looked at species identification, ageing and variation within the regular gulls at the farmlands and Martin found a first-winter Caspian Gull which was a lifer for a few of the group.

We had Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull and Caspian Gull.