Category Archives: Crayford Marshes

Bexley Council plans by-pass across Crayford Marshes. Proposal buried in 117 page ‘Growth Strategy’. More potential damage to SSSI contender. Relevant to, but not mentioned at railfreight depot planning meeting.

Bexley Council is proposing further major damage to one of the Borough’s best wildlife areas, one that is of London-wide and potentially national importance and has often been mentioned as a potential Site of Special Scientific Interest. Detailed examination of … Continue reading

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How Bexley Council voted yes to concreting Crayford Marshes Green Belt and yet another designated wildlife site

Back on February 16th a majority of Bexley Council’s Planning Committee voted with the chief planning officer’s recommendation to approve the Roxhill ‘Strategic Railfreight Interchange’ scheme on the southern part of Crayford Marshes, termed the landfill and agricultural area.  This … Continue reading

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Crayford Marshes – crunch time for Bexley Conservatives over poll promise

At the 2016 Greater London Assembly elections, in a leaflet issued by Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for mayor – which prominently featured Gareth Bacon, now member for the Assembly’s Bexley and Bromley constituency – an ‘action plan’ was promised … Continue reading

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Bexley butterfly highlights of 2016

A round-up of key butterfly observations in the London Borough of Bexley during 2016 Principal contributors – Steve Carter, Joe Johnson, Mike Robinson, Chris Rose and Purnendu Roy. Summary: As envisaged in the 2015 report, White Admiral was confirmed as a Bexley … Continue reading

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Support declining wildlife on Crayford Marshes – please take 10 minutes to write a letter (before October 6th)….

Please make your voice heard for Bexley’s disappearing wildlife, using the suggestions in this post…… As many readers will know, there is a proposal from a company called Roxhill to destroy Green Belt and most of a Site of Importance … Continue reading

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Online Borax Fields petition launched as Friends of Crossness NR and BNEF slam Cory claim that the rarer something is in Bexley, the less important it is to protect it.

Following a second, but still grossly inadequate ‘ecology report’ from Cory ‘Environmental’s Riverside Resource Recovery arm – that once again misses out red-listed breeding birds, and offers no credible onsite ‘mitigation’ or creation of off-site ‘compensatory’ habitat for the losses … Continue reading

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Campaigners hand in objections to Cory ‘Environmental’ and Roxhill’s damaging plans for red-listed birds on Bexley’s marshes

The campaigns in favour of protecting vital breeding habitat for Skylarks and Ringed Plovers in Bexley, red-listed birds in serious decline nationally, and the only breeding site for Little-ringed Plover in the Borough continued today (29th April). Campaigners from Friends … Continue reading

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Crayford Marshes – London Wildlife Trust objection to road/rail depot threat

London Wildlife Trust has submitted a highly critical objection to the re-heated proposal from an outfit called Roxhill to build a large rail/road interchange depot on a substantial part of the southern end of Crayford Marshes, adjacent to Slade Green … Continue reading

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Skylark and Corn Bunting spotlight – species in serious UK decline are now under threat in Bexley

Skylarks and Corn Buntings are both farmland bird species of the highest UK conservation concern due to major declines in recent decades. Current planning applications in Bexley threaten to make this worse.  According to the RSPB the Skylark population halved during … Continue reading

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Butterflies of Bexley checklist, status and distribution. Paper significantly revised and updated. Now with photos of selected species.

A new, January 2016, version of THE BUTTERFLIES OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY: A CHECKLIST OF SPECIES, STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION REPORT is now available for download via this site: https://app.box.com/shared/static/i1xdnau06q7xgjbocbbed1eivttvopkx.doc and available at the foot of this article. This second publication … Continue reading

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