Friday, 10 November 2017

This week

A quiet week on the natural history front from my end with the biggest news being the Beddington Farmlands petition which is now near 2000 supporters HERE. Also got awarded some kudos points with Viridor and Pennon who have blocked me from commenting on their social media.

Met up with local young naturalists Arjun and Sid on Sunday morning and had a look round the farmlands. In the afternoon met up with Sue at Rainham with the family, highlights included Marsh Harrier and Avocets. Did a few morning window watches and roost counts- some Woodpigeon movement, thrushes and Redpolls and Siskins. Not much moth action- a few New Zealand Apple Moths (which presumably think its Spring- stupid fools!) , a Silver-Y,  November moths, Double-striped Pug and a Pale Mottled Willow. Managed to get a bike ride in and checked out the works in Beddington Park- £3.7 million worth of works underway. Today visited Queen Mary's Woodland to check out the reserve benches that we were commissioned to do- all looking good.

 Avocets at Rainham 
 Buzzard over the farmlands. Jack Snipe and Dartford Warbler on the farmlands at the moment.
Evenings now are dominated by big roost movements of Ring-necked Parakeets and Jackdaws
 The Beddington Park Lake currently drained for dredging and re-landscaping. 

One of our benches at Queen Mary's Woodland , commissioned by the Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers 

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