Category Archives: Bexleyheath

Golf course second haven for Heather in Bexley

Bexleyheath Golf Course, running downhill from Mount Road to the A2, is a Borough Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, almost certainly on account of harbouring the only Heather (Calluna vulgaris) in Bexley outside of Lesnes Abbey Woods, … Continue reading

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Swifts back over Barnehurst

There were thirteen or fourteen Swifts back at their usual haunt over Northall Road yesterday evening (May 4th), between Barnehurst railway station and the golf course. This is a known breeding area. The ‘Bexley Wildlife’ team and Bexley Bird Report … Continue reading

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Short-eared Owl lands in Bexleyheath garden – pictures

RSPB Bexley members Richard and Jill Keene couldn’t believe their eyes when a large owl flew into their Bexleyheath garden at 9.50 Saturday (26th) morning and eventually settled against the trunk of a small pine tree. They quickly identified it as a short-eared … Continue reading

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Rue-leaved Saxifrage, new site record for a scarce London plant in Crayford, and Musk Stork`s-bill, possibly new to the Borough of Bexley

A small colony of Rue-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga tridactylites),  a small spring-flowering annual, was found by me in Crayford town centre on March 12th, growing between clumps of moss on a pad of concrete, and in bare ground in short grass, … Continue reading

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Bird-strikes in Bexleyheath – pictures of Sparrowhawk fatality

Tim Briggs has sent these photos of a Sparrowhawk that recently crashed into his window in Bexleyheath, and didn’t live to tell the tale. Shortly after this event John Arnold forwarded this image of the impression left by a bird-strike … Continue reading

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Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) at Foots Cray – 60 years on ….

A small patch of Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) was found by myself on my first ever visit to the churchyard of All Saints on Rectory Lane on October 22nd, with two flowers still open and several empty seed heads. Being right up … Continue reading

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Ralph smashes Jersey Tiger record

Twenty nine Jersey Tigers in garden near The Warren, Bexleyheath (and a Painted Lady ….) Ralph Todd writes: Last evening (Saturday August 15th) I decided to put my moth trap out for the first time this year given overcast conditions and … Continue reading

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Elusive White-letter Hairstreak photographed at Footscray Meadows

Novice Lepidopterist Mike Robinson continues to ‘tick off’ the butterflies of Bexley with his camera. On July 22nd he was lucky enough to spot this White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) feeding on a Creeping Thistle head. This is one of the … Continue reading

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Real (slim) shady – ‘Tesco trees’ show value of urban greenery

The trees on the former Council Offices/Tesco site on the Broadway are improving an otherwise ugly area, and providing valuable shade on hot summer days. This row of London Planes along the Broadway was destined for the chop, but have … Continue reading

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Conserving some of Bexley’s rare plants

The latest e-mail from the Kent Botanical Recording Group, which is producing a comprehensive register of rare plants in the county (which in this case includes that part of west Kent that is now in Greater London) called for information … Continue reading

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