Category Archives: Gardens

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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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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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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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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Advice on how to avoid increasing flood risk while parking in your front garden.

Information from the Royal Horticultural Society on how to maintain some wildlife and environmental value from your front garden if you have to park your car there.

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Provisional checklist and account of Bexley mammals published at ‘Bexley Wildlife’ website

Mammals as a group are poorly recorded in London and their distribution is not well understood, partly because many species are small and largely nocturnal. Information about the status of mammal species in Bexley is limited and widely scattered. In … Continue reading

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Tigers in Bexley

I have been lucky enough to have the Jersey Tiger Moth in my garden. This is a day flying spectacular moth. Although I have only ever seen one at a time, I have seen them over the last three years. … Continue reading

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