Category Archives: Plants in Bexley

Some more alien, and less common native street and alleyway ‘weeds’ in Bexley

The hitherto rare Jersey Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteoalbum) continues to be found as a street ‘weed’ at new sites in Bexley, principally by Mike Robinson, who has recently found it in some roads near to Bexleyheath railway station. Elsewhere it has … Continue reading

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Some plants around Perry Street Farm surprisingly include Sea Campion

Perry Street Farm, largely used for horse grazing, is now a Borough Grade 2 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). It is private, but viewable from the north and west sides from public roadways and from the east side … Continue reading

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Contrasting Composites at Thames Road Wetland

Some of the composites (Daisy and Dandelion family – now known as Asteraceae) currently in flower at Thames Road Wetland are pictured below. Contrary to the site’s name, there are a variety of conditions, including reed-swamp and hot, south-facing dry … Continue reading

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‘Kent botany 2016’ published – interesting new Bexley records featured

Kent Botanical Recording Group’s 2016 edition of ‘Kent Botany’, compiled by Geoffrey Kitchener and detailing the most interesting and important finds during the year, includes a number of discoveries made in Bexley – which for botanical purposes falls within Vice-county … Continue reading

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New plant records for Bexley, including one for ‘botanical Kent’

Rodney Burton, author of the most recent London flora, has written to report a number of interesting plant finds in Bexley, and there has subsequently been a new species for the whole of the Kent botanical recording area located in … Continue reading

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Lower Plants in Nature – free lecture series

Birkbeck Free Lecture Series. Friday evenings 14th October to 18th November 2016. Lecture Theatre B34, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square. 18.30 – 20.00. Just turn up – no charge. “Lower plants” is a term routinely used by botanists to include … Continue reading

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Bexley RSPB visit to Thames Road Wetland

Just 6 of us turned out early on a dull morning with rain forecast, for a walk down the river Cray from Crayford town centre and around Thames Road Wetland, but it’s probably about the best number for keeping people … Continue reading

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Braeburn Park (LWT) to Churchfield Wood and St. Mary’s Churchyard. Some plants and insects seen on 16th August.

On a warm sunny day at London Wildlife Trust’s Braeburn Park reserve there were fair numbers of butterflies about. Holly Blues were seen across the site. Some male (mostly) and female Common Blues were on the large grassy/scrubby bund to west … Continue reading

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It’s Gold on former Thamesview golf course for Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson’s find of six Golden Dock (Rumex maritimus) plants in late July, at the former Thamesview golf course to the west of Crossness, has now been confirmed by Dock expert Geoffrey Kitchener of the Kent Botanical Recording Group. Very … Continue reading

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Cemeteries are haven for Harebell and other uncommon plants

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) , a rare plant in London, and other species that are uncommon in the capital or Bexley,  such as various low-growing clovers, Trailing St. John’s-wort, Changing Forget-me-not and Ivy Broomrape find a haven in the Borough’s cemeteries where … Continue reading

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