Woodlands Farm. Mid-Winter Guided Walk Sun 21st Jan 11:00 - 12:30
Join us for our mid-winter guided walk. The theme of this walk is Witches, Wasps and Woodland. There is always something interesting to see at the farm; meeting the animals and learning how the farm works with nature during the winter. Meet at the education centre at 11am. This walk is geared towards adults, however children are welcome.
The walk will involve walking through muddy fields so please wear appropriate footwear and will not be suitable for bug
The Woodlands Farm Trust 331 Shooters Hill Welling, Kent DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900 firstname.lastname@example.org ...
Selected recent Bexley bird sightings (from London Bird Club wiki):
14/1/2018: - Bexleyheath Horsham Road - 10 Lesser Redpoll in garden silver birch (Ralph Todd) - Crayford Marshes: Juvenile Iceland Gull again around Jolly Farmers and Viridor this morning; also 2 1st-winter Caspian Gulls and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 1st-winter) (Richard Bonser) - Thamesmead: 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 20 Pochard (Richard Bonser)
13/1/2018: - Erith (by the Small Lake beside Church Manorway): incl. the over-Wintering Stonechat (Mike Robinson) - Erith (in the Grounds of St John the Baptist): incl. a Grey Wagtail and 17 Redwing (Mike Robinson) - Lamorbey Park : Little Grebe, Grey Heron , Cormorant , 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Canada Goose, 16 Tufted Duck, Lesser Black Backed Gull , 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch , Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, Goldcrest , Goldfinch (Mike Amos).
10/1/2018: - Erith: Thames path towards Belvedere. Linnet (2 flocks one of 35 birds another of 26), Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Lapwing, Stonechat (thanks to Mike Robinson) Grey Wagtail, Two seals, one dead the other very much alive.(Eric Brown)
9/1/2018: - Footscray Meadows: Water Rail, Gadwall, Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Goldcrest (Andy Meaton) - Lamorbey Park, Sidcup: 2 Mute Swan, 16 Mallards, 13 Tufted Duck (7M 6F), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 45 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 3 Goldcrest, also 15 Redwings in trees at junction of Marlborough Park Avenue and Burnt Oak Lane and five Redwings in Maple Leaf Drive The Hollies (Eric Brown)
Photo by Mike Robinson - Egyptian Goose, Southmere Lake, 14/1/2018. ...
- Four Little Egrets were foraging in a rougher, ungrazed field, devoid of horses, on the Gascoyne Drive side of the farm.
- There were circa 330 Starling
- c 70 Black-headed Gull, at least 1 Common and 1 Lesser Black-backed
- 4 Feral Pigeon
- A mix of 58 Common, Black-headed and a few juvenile gulls were on Stoneham Park, adjacent to the farm
- Another 25 of so gulls were on the farm, on the Stoneham Park side, as was a single Pied Wagtail.
- 67 House Sparrows were in the bushes towards the south end of Stoneham Park, along the farm fence-line
This just goes to show the importance of this low-key, not particularly special-looking open space for various declining bird species. On January 3rd there was a Kestrel on one of the field fence-posts. A few Lapwing been seen on the farm in the past.
Late in the afternoon of the 18th two Little Egrets flew over the west end of Thames Road wetland together, heading in the direction of Crayford and the known roost site.
Bexley mammals: I thought I heard some rustling about in our bungalow loft in the Xmas/New Year period and lo and behold this Wood Mouse (NOT House Mouse) had got in. Used to get them for a while in Bristol, but not here. I live-trapped it and put it in my cosy compost bins. But within a couple of days it had made its way back into the roof space .... Further trimming back of a Winter Jasmine thicket that had probably enabled it to climb in should solve the problem, pending finding and blocking the holes. There was also a dead Woodmouse on the front garden path during the same period, thanks to the nuisance of uncontrolled cats from over the road, which I fear might also attack 'my' Slow Worms in the warmer months. The picture of two Foxes was taken on 14th January. The one on the right is the second-most confiding of the locals, whereas the more nervous scrawny one on the left hasn't been observed this close to the house in daylight before and is usually only spotted as the back end and tail disappearing over the fence. Having not seen the distinctive long-lived female lately I was beginning to worry she might have died or been seen off in a change of dominance by this pair, but she came wandering nonchalantly around the lawn later on, and looked in fine fettle. (Chris Rose) ...