Join an experienced guide for a free walk across the unique wildlife haven of Swanscombe Marshes – threatened by the proposed London Paramount ‘theme park’. This special winter walk is timed to take in the marshes at dusk, a good time to look for rare birds such as marsh harrier. Learn about wildlife that uses this site throughout the year including birds such as kestrel, lapwing and grey heron. Raven , Bearded Tit, Dartford Warbler and Turnstone are amongst the many less common species seen in recent months. Walk duration approx. 2.5 hours. Sensible footwear necessary, paths may be muddy. We regret that while some paths are level, this walk is not suitable for people with mobility aids. When: 1pm Saturday 30th January 2016. Where: Meet outside the Pier Hotel, Greenhithe DA9 9NN.
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Swanscombe Marshes is one of a string of inner Thames Marshland sites under threat from ‘development’ proposals on the south bank of the Thames (Crossness/Erith Marshes, and Crayford Marshes being the others), in this case a gigantic ‘theme park’, supported by the Leader of Bexley Council Teresa O’Neill (Ordering Building Everywhere), who sees it as a magnet that will drag Crossrail further eastwards through Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green, thus allowing her to claim an ‘infrastructure benefit’ from all the extra concrete she and her colleagues want to see poured into Bexley, especially the north of the Borough. Attending this walk will help show such decision makers that there are Bexley residents (and voters!) who prefer the more sustainable and timeless quiet enjoyment of nature to the latest ‘opium of the people’ funfair attractions.