Category Archives: Erith Quarry

Erith Quarry – work begins without Bexley Council’s promised consultation on biodiversity ‘management plan’

Bexley Council has failed to fulfil its written undertaking to consult Bexley Natural Environment Forum and London Wildlife Trust, prior to construction works beginning, about the biodiversity management plan for what little will be left of the important Erith Quarry … Continue reading

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Erith Quarry – a response to ‘developer’ spin in the online News Shopper article

Reference the news Shopper’s latest Erith Quarry article: http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/14762148.Hundreds_of_snakes_and_lizards_ca/ It’s very disappointing to see that an old, rather selective, photo giving the impression that the quarry site is an unkempt rubbish dump has been wheeled out again to contrast with the ‘developer’s’ artist’s … Continue reading

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GLA committee seeks views on ‘growth’ vz environment – by 18th September

The Greater London Assembly Environment Committee is seeking evidence on the environmental pressures of London’s growth, focussing on: Energy supply, demand and distribution Water management Green infrastructure Deadline Friday 18th September. For details see: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/investigations/environmental-pressures-of-londons-growth There are already several examples … Continue reading

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Bexley Council will still have your concerns at heart after you’re no longer with us ………

It’s good to know Bexley Council will continue to studiously pay attention to our interests once we’re no longer alive, as implied by this banner at Erith Cemetery, but ‘listening to you, working for you’ is, perhaps, somewhat beyond even … Continue reading

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Hollyhill OS, new site record and Marbled White still present

Good numbers of the two small Skipper species were present in the long grass at Hollyhill Open Space, a Grade 1 SINC,  this evening, with both Essex Skippers and Small Skippers eventually confirmed by getting close enough to a resting … Continue reading

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Home straight for Bexley SINC review?

The deadline for comments on the final draft of the 2013 Bexley Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation review document was about 16 months ago, so Bexley Natural Environment Forum recently wrote to Bexley Council asking when we could expect … Continue reading

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More research shows lighting negatively impacts Bats – BNEF says Bexley’s proposed budget-driven lighting cuts present an opportunity to tackle the problem

New research has shown that the Common Pipistrelle Bat, often found in urban areas, has its foraging and thus feeding activity disrupted and constrained by artificial lighting, especially where there are larger gaps in tree cover: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3111115/Bats-disappearing-cities-Artificial-lights-creating-ecological-dead-zones.html Bexley Natural Environment … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with plant characteristics at Crossness

Yesterday (May 20th) , Tony Wileman, from the London Wildlife Trust, came to Crossness Nature Reserve to educate us on the wonderful world of wildflower identification. Twelve people braved the dark skies and unexpected showers and learned tonnes by doing … Continue reading

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‘Developer’ Andersons to cram Erith Quarry reptiles into less than half the required space

Under pressure from sharply critical submissions by Bexley Natural Environment Forum and London Wildlife Trust, the Anderson Group, which is seeking permission from Bexley Council to build over 75% of the 22ha Erith Quarry, a Grade 1 Site of Importance … Continue reading

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Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation report ‘in the long grass’ for over a year – is Bexley taking biodiversity seriously?

Having recently been subject to considerable criticism over its vegetation management on sensitive wildlife sites, we would normally welcome Bexley Council’s apparent enthusiasm for some long grass, but not when it is (metaphorically) being used as a repository for the … Continue reading

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