Category Archives: Ruxley Gravel Pits

Willow Emerald damselfly colonisation of Bexley takes a leap forward

The Willow Emerald damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), a recent natural colonist of the UK, was first found in Bexley in September 2016. Now into its second known flight season here, it has been found at three more sites in the Borough … Continue reading

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Willow Emerald damselfly found at Ruxley, on Bexley’s doorstep ….

The Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), one of Britain’s newest natural colonist species, has been found and photographed by bicycling birder Ian Stewart at Ruxley Gravel pits on 6th September. The identification, and status as the first record of the species … Continue reading

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Ruxley Gravel Pits 2015 Bird Report

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Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve – 7th February report

It was a cold crisp morning when ten volunteers ventured into the gravel pits. They worked in two groups cutting down saplings and small trees as well as fighting their way through the inevitable bramble. Because of all the exertion an early lunch … Continue reading

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Thirteen turn out in snow to crack on with Ruxley nature reserve vegetation management

The first snow of the winter didn’t deter the working party of 13 people at Ruxley Gravel Pits on Sunday 17th January. It was interesting to see the footprints in the snow and the tracks across the frozen icy water where the birds … Continue reading

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Ruxley team strengthens link with other local conservation groups

The Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature reserve team, which works at this SSSI on the River Cray just over the border in Bromley, hosted a visit to the site by members of other hands-on conservation groups on Tuesday 8th December to … Continue reading

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Ruxley workparty opens up wet areas

Although Sunday 5th December turned out unseasonably warm the volunteer numbers were slightly down. We divided into two parties working from different sides of the nature reserve, pushing back brambles and buddleia to open up the wet areas. The plan is to meet … Continue reading

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Carry on coppicing – Ruxley team thins out Willows

Remembrance Sunday turned out to be a good day for the working party at Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve. The water levels were unexpectedly low despite some heavy rains during the week. The nine volunteers got stuck into hacking back the saplings which … Continue reading

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Second ‘BW’ social a rather smaller affair

Twelve people came to the second ‘Bexley Wildlife Social on October 14th, whilst another half dozen found themselves unable to attend at the last moment for various reasons. We heard from Martin Watts and Linda Graham about the management of … Continue reading

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Ruxley working group numbers grow – 14 help at September 27th event

Sunday 27th of September saw a glorious Indian summer day for the Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve [RGPNR] working party crew. Participation had increased to 14 people, who got stuck into the season’s regrowth of plants that would gradually shade or … Continue reading

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