Category Archives: SINC

Golf course second haven for Heather in Bexley

Bexleyheath Golf Course, running downhill from Mount Road to the A2, is a Borough Grade 1 Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, almost certainly on account of harbouring the only Heather (Calluna vulgaris) in Bexley outside of Lesnes Abbey Woods, … Continue reading

Posted in Bexleyheath, Heathland, Open spaces, Recording, SINC | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Bexley, Biodiversity Action Plan, Harvest Mouse, Mammals, Raptors, Recording, Reedbeds, SINC, Thames Road Wetland, Thames21 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bexley Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation review saga – two and a half years later and still no sense of urgency

Bexley Natural Environment Forum continues to press Bexley Council on the long-overdue sign-off on the 2013 review by the London Wildlife Trust of the Borough’s existing and potential new Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. The fact that the deadline … Continue reading

Posted in Bexley Council, SINC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bexley Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation review saga – two and a half years later and still no sense of urgency

Online Borax Fields petition launched as Friends of Crossness NR and BNEF slam Cory claim that the rarer something is in Bexley, the less important it is to protect it.

Following a second, but still grossly inadequate ‘ecology report’ from Cory ‘Environmental’s Riverside Resource Recovery arm – that once again misses out red-listed breeding birds, and offers no credible onsite ‘mitigation’ or creation of off-site ‘compensatory’ habitat for the losses … Continue reading

Posted in Bexley Council, Biodiversity Action Plan, Bird watching, BNEF, Crayford Marshes, Crossness Nature Reserve, development threat, Erith Marshes, Extinction, Invertebrates, Planning, SINC, Sustainability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Online Borax Fields petition launched as Friends of Crossness NR and BNEF slam Cory claim that the rarer something is in Bexley, the less important it is to protect it.

End in sight for SINC review saga ? Environment Forum raises further concerns.

The London Wildlife Sites Board, which reviews the process used by Councils to designate Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation, has confirmed that it has now received the relevant documentation from Bexley Council, and will consider this at its meeting … Continue reading

Posted in Bexley Council, BNEF, SINC | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on End in sight for SINC review saga ? Environment Forum raises further concerns.

Now Bexley Council officer recommends building on 10% of Crayford Rough, a wildlife site of regional importance.

The onslaught against the most valuable wildlife sites in Bexley is set to continue this week as the planning committee meets on 14th April to consider an application to redevelop the old Electrobase industrial site between Hall Place and Crayford … Continue reading

Posted in Bexley, Bexley Council, Biodiversity Action Plan, BNEF, Braeburn Park, Common Lizard, Consultations, Crayford, Crayford Rough, development threat, Environment, Open spaces, Planning, Plants in Bexley, Reptiles and Amphibians, SINC, Slow Worm, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Now Bexley Council officer recommends building on 10% of Crayford Rough, a wildlife site of regional importance.

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

Posted in Barnehurst, Barnehurst Golf Course, Biodiversity Action Plan, Braeburn Park, Butterflies, Chalk Wood, Crayford Marshes, Crayford Rough, Crossness, Crossness Nature Reserve, Danson Park, East Wickham Open Space, Erith Marshes, Foots Cray Meadows, Greenwich, Hollyhill open space, Joydens Wood, Lesnes Abbey Woods, Martens Grove, Recording, River Cray, SINC, Thames Road Wetland | Comments Off on Butterflies of Bexley checklist, status and distribution. Paper significantly revised and updated. Now with photos of selected species.

Academy pupils complete ‘pre-SUDS’ trench work at Thames Road Wetland

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Thames21, the group managing Thames Road Wetland,  four pupils from Crayford Academy came down on January 20th and helped complete the  groundwork designed to keep vehicle oil out of the main waterbody at … Continue reading

Posted in SINC, Sustainable Urban Drainage, Thames Road Wetland, Volunteering | Comments Off on Academy pupils complete ‘pre-SUDS’ trench work at Thames Road Wetland

House Sparrow count – Barnehurst to Barnes Cray, and additional Perry Street Farm birds

House Sparrows seen or heard (in the latter case counted as 1 if actual number could not be seen)  en route from Grasmere Rd to Maiden Lane on the morning of 20th January were as follows: Grasmere Rd/Merewood Rd: 11 … Continue reading

Posted in Barnehurst, Bird watching, Recording, SINC | Comments Off on House Sparrow count – Barnehurst to Barnes Cray, and additional Perry Street Farm birds

Save our Skylarks ! String of marshland sites under renewed threat.

SAVE OUR SKYLARKS – DON’T LET THE COUNCIL BOOT THEM OUT OF BEXLEY! The future of the Skylark as a breeding bird in Bexley, and the survival of the Corn Bunting both here and in London as a whole – … Continue reading

Posted in Bexley Council, Bird watching, BNEF, brownfield, Crayford Marshes, Crossness, Crossness Nature Reserve, Environment, Erith Marshes, Extinction, Open spaces, Planning, River Thames, SINC, Swanscombe marshes, Swanscombe peninsula, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save our Skylarks ! String of marshland sites under renewed threat.