Quick Re-cap and update : Hackbridge is the village adjacent to Beddington Farmlands which will provide the main gateway to the nature reserve and the coreland of the Wandle Valley Regional Park. Planning applications to develop over 3000 new homes are advancing. The developments are 'sustainable developments' designed to compliment the gateway to the coreland of the Wandle Valley Regional Park and to develop the most sustainable suburb in London (and the UK) .
Development latest plans can be viewed at Hackbridge Primary School on Monday 4th November from 11am.
Plans will be on line from Monday: www.savills.co.uk/Felnex
The Beddington Farmlands ERF has been given approval by the local authority, the Mayor's Office and the Secretary of State despite the fact that all the local environmental and social groups were unsatisfied with the mitigation measures that were part of the application.
That represents a complete failure of local democracy and leaves only one last hope- a legal challenge on that decision.
Stop the South London Incinerator campaign are planning to lead that challenge and considering our negotiations with Viridor for adequate mitigation has failed we (I) have joined the STI campaign.
If I am not mistaken (which I could well be)- the above moths are (left to right) Red-lined Quaker, Beaded Chestnut, Brick and Angle Shades. The quaker and the brick will be new ones for me- taking my Beddington Farmlands pan species list to 990.
10 to hit my target of a grand.
An old Sunday school classic about the merit of being well grounded. Nothing like a good storm to reveal what is truely robust- trees, houses and even a society and it's systems.
With any luck we should have another good storm- a political one to prepare the ground for a post-growth greener and kinder society. Just hope we can do our bit round here to shake things up a bit.
Live in hope anyway :-)
Beech- infected with Meripilus Giganteus- look out for large (massive) fronds in late autumn at the base of the tree . Its a cryptic disease so the canopy looks healthy while the roots are turnign to cork and the tree can fall at any time. If present fell the tree asap.
Horse Chestnut with another hidden disease- apart from the ubiquitous leaf miner the tree look relatively healthy- but look below (hollow inside and decayed wood at base)
This Maidenhair Tree snapped out at the top- with permission from the tree officer will try and save this by cable bracing it and reducing some of the canopy
Despite the conditons the moth trap still produced- Mottled Umber was new for the year (left to right: 'winter moth', Mottled Umber and Angle Shades)
Magnolia seed pods- noticed this amongst the carnage
I was up at five keeping my eye on the storm. No birds from the window this morning and no news coming in from Roger by the lake or anyone else in London.
Spent the day on emergency calls out- we had it pretty bad round here- lots of trees down- mostly ones that had various diseases (cryptic in some cases).
Done another hour on the farmlands at dusk but still no sign of any sea birds.
Three of these came into the trap last night. (Don't normally pin insects unless I find them dead)
Starlings and London
Reed Bunting- a small influx of 7+ birds
Shoveler- a large influx of ducks over past week or so
I was surprised by the insects in the trap this morning considering it is quite blustery out there. Will be interesting to see if anything comes into the trap tomorrow as we are bracing for a big storm this evening.
Maybe a few birds blown in too but usually dissappointed by storms from the west round here. We usually do better with a blow across the North Sea but who knows?
Tree pits- Rudbekia with Snap dragons, strawberry ground cover and there were tomatoes growing up the Rowan
Planting today- Foxgloves in the ground from window nursery
Bit of bread making- bugger all to do with wildlife
Processing the insect catch in the bugry
These westerlies might be interesting if I was back on the Azores but round here I can hardly muster up the energy to leave the flat. Just been sorting out the wildlife garden and catching a few bugs. Harlequin ladybirds have hibernated in the bugry and there's been a few insects in the moth trap during these mild evenings. Lots of caddisflies, a few froghopper nymphs, 'winter' moths, a couple of micros that I simply could not be arsed to try and id and as I'm writing this I can see an Angle Shades in the trap.
Spent today and yesterday around the village and fields and did a bit of birding with Katt from the 4x4 too. I didn't see much but there's a few birds around including a new Philadephia Vireo today and a few wood warblers around too. More here: