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Wildlife sightings & Bird Champion data

This page will feature some of the interesting wildlife that has been spotted on the walks, wades, training courses and other events throughout the year…

RSPB ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ in Ladywell Fields – 31st January 2012

To tie in with this popular event 10 of us took a stroll around the 3 fields of Ladywell and, before frostbite set in, saw the following 28 species:

Blackbird (Turdus merula); Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus); Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus); Carrion Crow (Corvus corone corone); Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs); Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto); Dunnock (Prunella modularis); Feral Pigeon (Columba liviadomest.); Goldcrest (Regulus regulus); Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major); Great Tit (Parus major); Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris); Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea); Jay (Garrulus glandarius); Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus); Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus); Magpie (Pica pica); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus); Redwing (Turdus iliacus); Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri); Robin (Erithacus rubecula); Siskin (Carduelis spinus); Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos); Starling (Sturnus vulgaris); Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus); Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).

 

We’ll be organising a series of bird walks and dawn chorus events throughout the rest of winter and spring so keep an eye on the Rivers & People  website for more details.

 2011 Dawn Chorus Walks

Here’s a list of what we saw or heard this year during the 3 dawn walks along the River Pool (Bell Green to Ladywell Fields).  36 Species in total.

Blackbird (Turdus merula); Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla); Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus); Canada Goose (Branta canadensis); Carrion Crow (Corvus corone corone); Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs); Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita); Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto); Dunnock (Prunella modularis); Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domest.); Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major); Great Tit (Parus major); Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris); Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis); Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea); Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea); Herring Gull (Larus argentatus); House Sparrow (Passer domesticus); Jay (Garrulus glandarius); Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca); Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus); Magpie (Pica pica); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus); Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus); Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba); Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus); Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri); Robin (Erithacus rubecula); Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos); Starling (Sturnus vulgaris); Swift (Apus apus); Whitethroat (Sylvia communis); Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus); Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).

We also had an event in Hilly Fields this year and you can see what we found here:
http://hillyfields.blogspot.com/2011/05/hilly-fields-dawn-chorus-walk_19.html

 20th Feb 2011 – A visit to Ladywell Fields

On walking into Ladywell Fields from the Bourneville Road entrance this morning, I looked up to see a flock of siskin chattering in the top of a riverside tree. Great to see these winter visitors in Lewisham. Click on the picture for more info…

17th Feb 2011 – Late Winter Bird Walk (Waterlink Way)

5 of us braved the misty murk and ridiculous hour to try our luck along the Waterlink Way from Bell Green to Ladywell Fields.  29 species of bird were recorded along the way, the highlights being a flock of Fieldfare at Bellingham and a pair of Kingfishers upstream of Catford Bridge. The species list comprised:


Blackbird (Turdus merula); Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus); Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus); Carrion Crow (Corvus corone corone); Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs); Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto); Common Gull (Larus canus); Dunnock (Prunella modularis); Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domest.); Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris); Goldcrest (Regulus regulus); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major); Great Tit (Parus major); Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris); House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis); Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus); Magpie (Pica pica); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus); Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus); Redwing (Turdus iliacus); Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri); Robin (Erithacus rubecula); Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos); Starling (Sturnus vulgaris); Stock Dove (Columba oenas); Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus); Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

 5th December 2010 – Blackheath to Deptford Walk

Buttonweed (Cotula coronopifolia) – Blackheath; Buck’s horn Plantain (Plantago coronopus) – Blackheath

24th November 2010 – Spring Brook & Ravensbourne Walk

Common Gull (Larus canus) – Downham Playing Fields; Small Nettle (Urtica urens) – Alexandra Crescent; Ash Key Galls (Aceria fraxinivorus) – Shaftesbury Park; Various Oak Galls: Marble Gall (Andricus kollari), Ramshorn Gall (Andricus aries), Hedgehog Gall (Andricus lucidus), Artichoke Gall (Andricus fecundator), Cola-nut Gall (Andricus lignicola) – Beckenham Place Park; Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) – Beckenham Place Park; 500+ Ring-necked Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) – Beckenham Place Park;

10th October 2010 – Wildflower Identification Course, Creekside

Southern Green Shield Bug (Nezara) 1st, 2nd and 3rd instarsSue Godfrey Nature Park

Southern Green Shield Bug

Southern Green Shield Bug

Bird Champion

The Bird Champion project is run by Glendale Grounds Management and bird champion volunteers.  It aims to survey the park for different species and involve the park users in the park’s biodiversity.  A bird feeder is placed in a suitable location in the park and a delegated park user (The Bird Champion/s) will regularly fill the bird feeder and monitor and record the different species and their numbers.  The collated data (see below) will show the abundance and diversity of the park’s bird species and give insight to any changes needed in the parks management practices.  The information will also support the Lewisham Biodiversity Action Plans for the Song thrush, House sparrow and Black redstart.

If you are interested in becoming a bird champion in your local park, please contact Judith Simmons, Glendale’s Nature Conservation Officer.

Bird Reports

October – December 2015   Bird Report
July – September 2015 Bird Report

7 thoughts on “Wildlife sightings & Bird Champion data

  1. little egret spotted in River Ravensbourne between Bourneville and Westdown Roads near Catford Bridge Station Yesterday

  2. Hi, I regularly walk the dog late at night/early morning in Ladywell fields, near Ladywell station. Apart from one of the foxes who appears most nights (to play with our dog!), I saw last week for the first time two toads on the footpath, at different locations, both near the bridge crossing the river towards the churchyard. I think they started their walk to breeding grounds, wherever that could be, both were heading in the direction of the station. There is an old mini-pond under the trees, not sure if this is where they were heading for. First time I saw toads (not frogs!), so I thought I report it.
    Barbara.

    • Dear Barbara,

      Thank you very much for letting me know. I have never seen toads in Ladywell Fields either, so this is great news! I will pass it on to the Lewisham Biodiversity Partnership so that they have it for their records.

      Thanks again and if you see anything else, be sure to let me know.

      Best wishes,

      Jess

  3. Hello, I spotted a white heron on Tuesday, 16 Feb, around 9:30. I sighted the bird hunting in a riverlet bend close to the bridge to Lewisham hospital (with riverlet I mean the renaturated bit). I’m familiar with grey herons and this bird was most definitley NOT a grey heron. It was smaller, perhaps reaching up to my knee (I’m 5′ 3). The plumage was brilliant white, not as long a neck as a grey heron, more stocky. Looking on the Internet I would say it looked like a cattle egret in non-breeding plumage, but I realize that it was more likely a little egret. As I saw the bird against the sun, I’m not too sure about beak and foot colour. I thought the beak was yellow, but can’t swear on it. Feel free to contact me if you want.

    • Dear Heidi,

      Thank you for your message. There is a little egret that frequents Ladywell Fields on a regular basis. I have seen it a number of times as have our bird champions. I have not seen him/her for a while though, so it is is good to know he is still about! I will let our bird recorders know that you have seen it so that they have it for their records.

      Thanks again for letting me know.

      Best wishes,

      Jess

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