Category Archives: Gardening for wildlife

For the sake of Slow Worms, be careful with your compost heap!

For some years now there have been Slow Worms (Anguis fragilis) in my Barnehurst garden , and at some point one or more (the most was 5 at once) turn up in one of the compost heaps. Indeed there were … Continue reading

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FotS features in ‘Bexley Magazine’

A photo of FotS volunteers hard at work in Danson Park’s Old English Garden features on page 16 of the Council’s own magazine for local residents. The associated article extols the opportunities of getting involved with such initiatives, but could … Continue reading

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Helping Turtle Doves

Conservation advice for Turtle Doves. Turtle Doves are occasionally reported in the borough and from nearby Swanley. On June 1st a Turtle Dove was seen in flight over Thamesmead near Morrisons, not far from the Bexley border, by George Kalli. … Continue reading

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FotS announces additional events for Shuttle and Danson

Friends of the Shuttle, the environmental/wildlife action group for the River Shuttle, Wyncham Stream and Danson Park (the water from the lake flows into the Shuttle in Bexley Park Woods) has announced a number of additional events for the next … Continue reading

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FoTS @ Danson – Old English Garden event photos and future plans

From our correspondent Mandy Stevens : On Thursday 23rd April, Friends of the Shuttle held their first gardening event in the Old English Garden in Danson Park.  Ten volunteers removed dead material and weeds from the formal flowerbeds and trimmed the borders. FoTS … Continue reading

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Bexley in Bloom 2015

No Best Wildlife Garden award this year, but Bexley in Bloom makes a welcome return.    

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FoTS launches expanded programme of events: group to fill environment/wildlife action void at Danson and take on maintenance of the Old English Garden

Committee member Mandy Stevens writes:  Following our successful litter picks in and around Danson Park lake (which drains into the River Shuttle) earlier this year and last summer, we have been discussing with Bexley Council whether we could run other conservation … Continue reading

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The value of urban gardens. Royal Horticultural Society advice.

Advice from the RHS on how urban gardens can contribute to wildlife diversity.  

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Bexley allotment sites now registered as ‘assets of community value’

Bexley is the first Council area to have all of its allotment sites registered as ‘assets of community value’ under the Localism Act 2011, thanks to Bexley Federation of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (BFALG). This does not prevent them being … Continue reading

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Autumn wildflower gardening

Tips from the National Wildflower Centre for autumn activities for your wildflower garden. Collect Your Own Seed Look for the seed in your wildflowers going brown and dry (dessicated). Simply collect this ripe seed and either drop it straight back … Continue reading

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