Category Archives: Crayford

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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Upcoming Braeburn Park workdays with the London Wildlife Trust – more help needed!

Shaun Marriott, Reserves Officer (South), London Wildlife Trust, is looking for more help with site management as the winter looms, since there is much to do and there has been less help from the local community so far than had … Continue reading

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Bexley RSPB visit to Thames Road Wetland

Just 6 of us turned out early on a dull morning with rain forecast, for a walk down the river Cray from Crayford town centre and around Thames Road Wetland, but it’s probably about the best number for keeping people … Continue reading

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Clouded Yellow, and once-extinct-in-UK moth, found on doomed Crayford Town centre site

A Clouded Yellow butterfly (Colias croceus), primarily an immigrant species,  originating from northern Africa and southern Europe, was seen on the former Electrobase site in Crayford this afternoon (11th September). More usually a very occasional sight in our ‘coastal’ areas of … Continue reading

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LWT announces Braeburn ‘open day’

The Braeburn Park Nature Reserve in Crayford, over the railway line from Hall Place, which is managed by London Wildlife Trust, will be holding an open day on Sunday 10th July. See poster below for details: Download the PDF file … Continue reading

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Now Bexley Council officer recommends building on 10% of Crayford Rough, a wildlife site of regional importance.

The onslaught against the most valuable wildlife sites in Bexley is set to continue this week as the planning committee meets on 14th April to consider an application to redevelop the old Electrobase industrial site between Hall Place and Crayford … Continue reading

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Wall-rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria) in Crayford

The Wall-rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria) is a small evergreen fern only occasionally found in our Borough. In urban areas it usually grows on old walls and, with its relatives, is far more numerous in wetter parts of the country.  These pictures of … Continue reading

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Ralph visits gym to confirm Crayford Little Egret roost

Ralph Todd, well-known for his study of local birds, has been wondering where the Little Egrets seen in the Borough roost for the night. A few years ago former Cray Riverkeeper Ashe Hurst had mentioned the trees downstream of Crayford … 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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QWAG members enjoy ‘back to nature’ experience at Thames Road Wetland

Seven members of the Quaggy Waterways Action Group, a river restoration organisation, and the Secretary of Friends of Sutcliffe Park, all from Lewisham, visited Thames Road Wetland on Saturday July 18th to learn more about the possibilities for enhancing wetland in … Continue reading

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