Category Archives: Martens Grove

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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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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Butterflies of Bexley checklist, status and distribution. Paper significantly revised and updated. Now with photos of selected species.

A new, January 2016, version of THE BUTTERFLIES OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF BEXLEY: A CHECKLIST OF SPECIES, STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION REPORT is now available for download via this site: https://app.box.com/shared/static/i1xdnau06q7xgjbocbbed1eivttvopkx.doc and available at the foot of this article. This second publication … Continue reading

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Bexley Council has no management plan for 80% of SINCS it wholly or partly owns, reveals FOI request

80% of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation wholly or partly owned by Bexley Council have no management plan (i.e. only 1 in 5 does), and 3 of the 6 plans that do exist expired more than 7 years ago. … Continue reading

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Conserving some of Bexley’s rare plants

The latest e-mail from the Kent Botanical Recording Group, which is producing a comprehensive register of rare plants in the county (which in this case includes that part of west Kent that is now in Greater London) called for information … Continue reading

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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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Danson Parakeet roost count exceeds 2,000 birds

The Ring-necked Parakeet (Bexley) ‘study group’ or RNPB for short (well, I just made that title up) organised the first multi-person Parakeet count at the new Danson overnight roost this evening, in a bid to get a more accurate figure … Continue reading

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Ancient woodland rarity Hypericum pulchrum procreates at Martens Grove

The ancient woodland indicator Slender St. John’s-wort (Hypericum pulchrum), rare in Bexley, has vanished from a number of local woods in living memory – such as Bexley Park and Bursted Woods – probably due to lack of coppicing, though various … Continue reading

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