Tag Archives: Roundshaw Downs

An evening stroll to track down one of our rarest butterflies

For our third group visit to local nature reserve Roundshaw Downs, we follow how the changing seasons and long hot summer are affecting the environment and wildlife in our midst. This is your chance to catch-up with Inside Croydon’s unique … Continue reading

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Long dry summer has transformed the downs to straw-yellow

NATURE NOTES/JULY 2022: We seem to be racing through summer at speed, with Roundshaw Downs feeling the heat. By STEVEN DOWNES We’d been walking for almost two hours. Dave Warburton, the Sutton biodiversity officer, had been enthusiastically regaling us with … Continue reading

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Walk in the Roundshaw woods and revel in splashes of colour

NATURE NOTES/MAY 2022: Early spring flowers and woodland walks are not-to-be-missed treats. Plus news of the next Inside Croydon guided walk later this month Part of the sheer joy of Roundshaw Downs is its diversity. As wide open and wonderful … Continue reading

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Bumps and ‘bunkers’ to provide new homes for the small blue

NATURE NOTES/MAR 2022: Be careful what you wish for, as the February storms saw nature perform a handbrake turn before the first guided walk of our year-long nature watch project. By STEVEN DOWNES I’d muttered something about wanting the first … Continue reading

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Heard before they’re seen, skylarks soar back over Roundshaw

NATURE NOTES/FEB 2022: Our year-long photostory continues with some welcome arrivals and the first signs of spring. PLUS: Join us for a gentle ramble next month They’re back. I saw my first skylark of 2022 a week earlier. When I … Continue reading

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Up on the Downs, watching for the missing signs of winter

NATURE NOTES/JAN 2022: The green, open spaces on our doorsteps are havens for a rich variety of wildlife. In the first of a year-long series of photostories, STEVEN DOWNES takes you for a walk Phew! What a scorcher! As no … Continue reading

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Delays at Croydon put Parkrun’s national return in jeopardy

Delays at Croydon Council could force the abandonment of the post-covid return of hundreds of popular Parkruns across England. Following the government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, national organisers have been targeting June 26 as their English resumption date – but … Continue reading

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Arrival of cattle is the latest sign that winter is coming

NATURE NOTES: The parks and open spaces in and around Croydon are undergoing the annual, melancholy change, writes STEVEN DOWNES It always seemed that the end of summer was marked by the staging of the Last Night of the Proms. … Continue reading

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A haven of wild peace and tranquility just off the A23

The WANDLE WANDERER detours from the riverside and finds a surprising oasis of calm and natural beauty within sight of the Purley Way I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. It may undermine the calm and peace of this particular, … Continue reading

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