Category Archives: Wildlife

Groups set off for autumn walks to stride on from covid

The nights might be closing in as we head into autumn, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred the organisers of some group walks being held around the borough, with one set even encouraging participants to bring a head torch … Continue reading

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Help at South Croydon Rec’s spring bulb planting, Oct 30-31

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Help wildlife find a home for winter in your gardens

As we enter autumn, many species of wildlife will be looking for a place to stay and hibernate as the cold months pass. Gardens across Croydon will be acting as a home and there are small things that gardeners can … Continue reading

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The Shirley chainsaw massacre: hundreds of trees condemned

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Chop! Chop! The bankrupt council is spending £15,000 in a rush to destroy dozens of trees, many of them apparently healthy. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Cash-strapped Croydon Council is planning to fell more than 250 trees around … Continue reading

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Town Hall axeman is now let loose on Shrublands’ trees

It is looking like Croydon’s Labour council’s already dubious “green” credentials have suffered another blow, in the midst of their own climate emergency, with that blow being delivered by a well-oiled and over-used chainsaw. If the council has its way, … Continue reading

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Greenpeace are making waves over destructive supertrawlers

Greenpeace Croydon has this week helped to launch Operation Ocean Witness, which is making waves to confront destructive fishing methods and the use of supertrawlers. At campaign stalls around Croydon, locals signed a petition calling on the government to ban … Continue reading

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Council wields the axe on wonky trees in conservation area

Residents of an historic, tree-lined South Croydon street reacted with horror this morning when they discovered that the council is intending to hack down almost all of Mulgrave Road’s plum trees. According to the council, the mature trees – some … Continue reading

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Murdoch the shire horse pulls his weight to help butterflies

Shire horse photographs by ANDREW SMITH Nature conservators were making hay while the sun shined yesterday, with Murdoch the shire horse returning for his now annual visit to Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve just outside New Addington. As well as providing … Continue reading

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Public outcry as council off-loads historic Heathfield House

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The future of a long-established ecology charity has been placed under threat, as well as hundreds of school visits conducted annually, by a council plan to lease out a publicly-owned listed building. By our environment correspondent, PAUL … Continue reading

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Feeble planners allow builders to get away with (tree) murder

The council’s “light-touch” planning enforcement officials appear set to allow another piece of egregious eco-vandalism occur, this time with the wanton destruction of a mature yew tree likely to be more than 100 years old. The tree, on the junction … Continue reading

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Friends group shows Olympic ambition for park’s wildlife

A series of schemes to help green and improve South Croydon Rec seem to have really taken wing, in one case quite literally. The park, tucked away off the Brighton Road and squeezed up against the mainline railway viaducts, was … Continue reading

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Use your little corner of Planet Earth to make a big difference

In his small patch of south London, DAVID MORGAN has been doing his bit in the battle to reduce the impact of climate change, and here he offers suggestions about how you can help, too “Every plant counts and too … Continue reading

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Volunteers back Attenborough’s call to halt deep-sea mining

Greenpeace Croydon took part in a national protest last weekend calling on the government to ensure our oceans are off-limits to deep-sea mining. The volunteers’ photographs of their banners, displayed at sites around the town centre, together with hundreds from … Continue reading

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Dangerous caterpillar pest closes in on Croydon’s oaks

There have been sightings in Banstead Woods of the oak processionary moth, the extremely destructive moth caterpillars which can strip a tree of its leaves, leaving it weakened, vulnerable, even killing once healthy oak trees. The Forestry Commission has been … Continue reading

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Eagles fan becomes first to spot real-life eagle at Beddington

A national rewilding project working with the largest bird of prey native to the British Isles has confirmed another sighting of one of these spectacular birds in this part of south London. IAN JONES was in the right place to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies: 2021 Hutchinson’s Bank walks

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CPRE tells Mayor Khan to make Farmlands a new public park

Beddington Farmlands, the site of disused 20th-century landfill and sewage works, should be turned into one of 10 new parks for London, according to an environmentalist charity. The Campaign for Preservation of Rural England has picked the wildlife-rich but sometimes … Continue reading

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RSPB’s Birdwatch weekend offers a perfect lockdown activity

The 2021 Big Garden Birdwatch takes place this weekend, from Friday January 29 to Sunday January 31. And organisers, the RSPB, hope that even during lockdown – perhaps because of lockdown – it’s going to be the biggest piece of … Continue reading

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‘Spectacular’ eagle has been soaring over Coulsdon

A white-tailed eagle – the huge bird of prey which has been used as a mascot by Crystal Palace for their games at Selhurst Park – has been tracked flying over Coulsdon. The bird is part of a reintroduction programme … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick abandons plans to build on ‘village green’

A resident-led campaign in Purley and Kenley was today declaring victory after Brick by Brick announced it was abandoning plans to build on their “village green”. Brick by Brick wanted to build 17 flats, nine houses and a car park … Continue reading

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Greenpeace give supermarkets a monstering over their meat

Alongside the John Lewis Christmas ad and the seasonal TV commercials that play across our screens, Greenpeace wants us to tune in to the important message contained within their own new and powerful animation: Monster. If kids’ pester power really … Continue reading

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Great North Wood goes virtual to plant the ecology message

A wildlife festival has gone online, and an online search engine is offering to plant a tree for you, as PAUL LUSHION, our environment correspondent, reports This is National Tree Week. But like most things in 2020, this year’s events … Continue reading

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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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