Tuesday, 29 December 2015

2015- Beddington Farmlands Review

A few personal highlights from 2015 at Beddington Farmlands:

 Displaying Teals in January
 Bullfinches in the nets in January 
 A wintering Garganey!
 A steady raptor passage in spring including this interesting (very) pale morph Common Buzzard
 3 Ring Ouzels in one tree during an exciting fall of migrants in April  
 Stone Curlew found by Glenn Jones. The first site record since 1982. My 216th bird species for the site.
 Northern Wheatear- overall a pretty good passage of summer migrants 
 Some great successes in the breeding season with three pairs of Mute Swans....
  Breeding Shelducks
 The best year on record for Tufted Ducks
 The first successful breeding of Great Crested Grebe 
 Peregrines bred locally and the young were seen feeding over the farmlands
The autumn migration is heralded by the arrival of Green Sandpipers 
Spotted Flycatcher- a good showing this autumn
 Little Owl 
 Dartford Warbler- a classic late autumn local scarce migrant 
 Serin! A first for the farmlands- the 257th species for the farmlands 
 Iceland Gull in December 

 Oak Beauty- a site first in March
 Dotted Chestnut- a site first in April
 Neoascia interrupta- a new hoverfly for the site. We've now got a local list of 61 hoverfly species. 
 Cowslips- have colonised the Southern Mound 
 Leucozona lucorum - another new hoverfly species
 Orellia falcata- a site first
 Vestal- a new species for the farmlands
 Bordered Sallow- a first for the site
 Hornet Moths- in Hackbridge in summer

Maintenance works were carried out to the lakes in January 
 Ploughing of the mounds in spring for seeding of new restoration habitats 
 Additional tree planting 
  New entrance under construction 
 New entrance finished. Excellent work coordinated by local company Bioregional. 
 The Bird group Wildlfower meadow 

  Regular bird and wildlife walks 
 Rain gardens in Hackbridge near the farmlands entrance- all part of the integration of the local urban area to the reserve and the wider Wandle Valley Regional park 
 Wildflower strips on the road sides in Hackbridge 
Wildlife Gardening in town
   Great work by Alan and the Church Ground's Project- another local village biodiversity project  
 Even producing food in the local green spaces- this crop from Silverdale Estate
The 2014 Bird and Wildlife Report ready by early autumn. For more details on Beddington Farmlands see the annual reports and web spaces. 


and here's the latest on the on going incinerator issue which is due to escalate in 2016: Holy Smoke and Sian Berry takes on fight


Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Lovely and interesting photos.

Peter Alfrey said...

Thank you Anne :-)