Category Archives: Wildlife

White stork spreads its wings to touch down at Beddington

Bird watchers have been flocking (sorry) to Beddington Farmlands nature reserve this week after a white stork was spotted there. White storks are associated in folklore with delivering new-born babies and bringing good luck, but the species has been extinct … Continue reading

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Sit-down protest fails to halt destruction of 100-year-old oaks

Croydon Council’s ambivalent approach to environmental protection has been called into question once again after the destruction of trees in Waddon. Photos: PETER BALL What began as a spontaneous, one-woman sit-down protest yesterday ultimately failed to save a set of … Continue reading

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Spa Wood volunteers and council work both win ‘Tree Oscars’

Croydon has won two “Tree Oscars” in awards announced this week by the Forestry Commission and the Mayor of London. The London Tree and Woodland Awards are in their 12th year of celebrating the work of individuals, communities and professionals … Continue reading

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Cut the mowing: how to transform your garden for wildlife

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After surveys this summer reported a decline in butterfly and moth populations across the country, LEWIS WHITE, a retired landscape architect with decades of experience, offers his advice on how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly this autumn … Continue reading

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Charity concern as butterfly numbers fall to lowest level

Butterfly numbers across the country have fallen to the lowest level for more than a decade, according to a wildlife charity following its annual survey. Butterfly Conservation is the charity which has been working with the London Wildlife Trust and … Continue reading

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Take a walk over the downs in Coulsdon with an all-star cast

The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley have relaunched their nature trail in Coulsdon, with the help of an all-star cast of celebrities. Joanna Lumley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Noddy Holder, Martin Jarvis, Miriam Margolyes, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Robinson and Richard … Continue reading

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Shire horses called in to help improve butterfly sanctuary

The butterfly conservation project at Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve is calling up the cavalry later this month. Working shire horses – each weighing upwards of 1 ton – will be visiting the reserve near New Addington on Friday September 25, … Continue reading

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XR protest demands the closure of Beddington incinerator

Extinction Rebellion activists from across south London joined forces in Beddington Park yesterday to highlight the daily destruction and toxic pollution inflicted on the capital by the Viridor incinerator. They issued a set of demands, including that the incinerator plant … Continue reading

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Butterfly Walk, Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve, Aug 29

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Save the Lapwings walk, Beddington Farmlands, Aug 29

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It is time to act to save Croydon’s precious green spaces

CROYDON COMMENTARY: While getting out and about during the covid-19 crisis, PETER UNDERWOOD, pictured left, has discovered parks and open spaces that need more care, and which are coming under increasing threat of development – from the Labour council and … Continue reading

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Head out with the app to take part in the Big Butterfly Count

Has nature helped you through the last few months? It’s time to return the favour, says BBC Springwatch’s CHRIS PACKHAM As so many of us have sought comfort, inspiration and hope through spending time in nature during the difficult last … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick could be blocked by rare butterfly’s tiny egg

The chair of the council’s planning committee has given a public undertaking that the application by Brick by Brick to build an ugly four-storey block of flats next to a wildlife reserve in New Addington has been shelved until a … Continue reading

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Council accused of ‘wildlife vandalism’ to help Brick by Brick

Our environment correspondent, PAUL  LUSHION, on suspicions that a rare wildlife habitat in suburban Kenley has suffered the cruellest cut The council has been accused of an act of “wildlife vandalism”, with some angry residents of Wontford Road and Roffey … Continue reading

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‘Green Labour’ letter throws down challenge to leader Newman

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the first signs of revolt against the leadership among unhappy Labour councillors In what appears to be a barely-disguised challenge to the authority of the council leader, five Labour councillors have today signed … Continue reading

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MP challenges Viridor over its management of wildlife reserve

A Member of Parliament has intervened over the serious damage to the wildlife habitat and the destruction of one of London’s largest nesting colonies of house sparrows, following reports of the ecological calamity by Inside Croydon. Elliot Colburn was elected … Continue reading

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Plea to council for action as birds slaughtered at nature reserve

Viridor, the operators of the polluting waste incinerator at Beddington Lane, have been accused of allowing an environmental slaughter in the neighbouring wetland nature reserve which they are supposed to manage. Nesting pairs of endangered bird species have been disturbed … Continue reading

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Water your street’s trees and help them survive the drought

A few spots of rain in the last couple of days will do little to help break the three-month spring drought we have had. LUCINDA OFFER says that there is an important way we can all help our street trees … Continue reading

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The Ashburton chainsaw massacre as park’s trees are felled

Croydon Council, which has declared a climate emergency and claims it wants to be a green borough, is chopping down and pollarding trees in one of its parks. In the middle of the bird-nesting season. Members of the Friends of … Continue reading

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Residents call for end to planning meetings for ‘cowboys’

One of the borough’s largest organisations representing the interests of residents has called on the council to stop all planning committee meetings until the covid-19 emergency is over – and they have singled out the Brick by Brick proposal to … Continue reading

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Why we must protect site of some of Britain’s rarest butterflies

We never appreciate the value of some things until they are gone, which is why amateur naturalist ERIC BROWN says it is important to save Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve from the threat of intrusive development by Croydon Council’s house-building company … Continue reading

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Endangered butterfly ignored in Brick by Brick flats application

Hutchinson’s Bank, near New Addington, has a worldwide reputation as a conservation reserve, having been supported at its very beginning by Sir David Attenborough. But that hasn’t stopped the latest dubious scheme from council builders ‘Trick by Trick’. STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Butterfly sanctuary under threat from BxB development

Some might see it as a disconnect at the Town Hall, where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Others might characterise it as just another example of blatant civic hypocrisy. Last summer, when the headlines … Continue reading

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Beavers on the Wandle: Newman dives in for greener Croydon

EXCLUSIVE: Operation Flair Pool could see the introduction of a shy and industrious mammal to Wandle Park as soon as this autumn, in what the council leader has described as ‘an exciting high-water mark for Croydon’s  Green New Deal’. Our … Continue reading

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Birds of the World, Honeywood Museum, Apr 4-19

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