Category Archives: Mammals

Updated ‘PROVISIONAL CHECKLIST AND ACCOUNT OF THE MAMMALS OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY’ (Edition 4) published

The guide to the mammals of Bexley, compiled by Chris Rose with contributions from a number of local wildlife observers,  has been significantly updated to include a number of new Hedgehog records, additional information about Harvest Mice in the Borough, … Continue reading

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Harvest Mice – first images of this London rarity in Bexley

Nests of of Harvest Mice (Micronomys minutus) , the UK’s smallest rodent, were first found at Thames Road Wetland in 2014, when 7 were discovered in the course of vegetation management work. None were located in 2015, but another three … Continue reading

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Cory ‘Environmental’ doesn’t believe its own propaganda

Cory ‘Environmental’, the company that has submitted to Bexley Council – in the name of its Belvedere incinerator arm – a plan for two four-storey buildings to cover most of the former Borax fields next to Crossness Nature Reserve, has not … Continue reading

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FoXXX-rated activity as friendly female re-appears after 5 week ‘absence’

I hadn’t seen the very confiding female Fox that has frequented my Barnehurst garden, and spent a lot of time lounging round on the lawn during the summer, since 1st December. Though she had looked in very good condition then, … Continue reading

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Version 3 of Bexley mammal report now available at ‘BW’

The PROVISIONAL CHECKLIST AND ACCOUNT OF THE MAMMALS OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY has now been updated to version 3. https://app.box.com/shared/static/092kil6b4uy79khnzyl1kc057ixjvko0.doc The revision includes several Hedgehog records for 2015, and Seal records and photographs from this year. There is … Continue reading

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Seals take shine to Bexley foreshore

Repeated observations hint at rise in numbers on our ‘coast’. Ralph Todd writes: Occasional sightings of seals are reported from the Thames, though I haven’t seen much sign until recently. One of my local birding walks is Crayford Marshes and … Continue reading

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Small mammal survey trapping at Woodlands Farm

Mammal surveys start this month.  Last year we managed to survey every week throughout September and October, would be good to try this again although is a lot of work. Anyway here are some dates for the first few weeks and we … 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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More Bexley mammal news – Weasels and Hedgehog latest

At last night’s Allotments Site Representatives meeting two people reported seeing a Weasel on their patch – Nigel O’Nions down at Love Lane by the River Shuttle in Old Bexley, a couple of weeks ago, and a lady from Stable Meadows … Continue reading

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CROSSNESS – exciting range of educational wildlife events announced for the summer

From Karen Sutton – Biodiversity Team Manager, Thames Water Crossness Nature Reserve. I have arranged a diverse series of events through to September, both to showcase the fabulous range of wildlife on the site, and to provide an introduction to … Continue reading

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