Bexley RSPB & London Natural History Society’s visit to Crayford Marshes on Saturday 7th September 2019.

Stonechat observed by Russell Taylor
The Moat at Crayford Marshes at the beginning of our walk.


Thirty seven Members of RSPB Bexley and The London Natural History Society enjoyed a very relaxing and informative walk at Crayford Marshes on Saturday 7th September 2019.  It was a chance to celebrate  the excellent news that our marshes had been saved from a large, wildlife damaging planning application to build a rail freight interchange across this green belt.

All observations were recorded and see below for a report in photos of what we observed. I have also included some observations from a few days before the walk as I think you will find them interesting. Thank you to everyone that attended on the day, kept records and who sent in their photography:


A few days  before the walk I decided to visit the marshes and to my surprise I found a rather adorable little mammal just sitting on the pathway. It was a Harvest Mouse which is the first observation of this species this year in Greater London. As I had already observed a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk close by I decided to carefully place him in the reeds for safety. Observation and photo Donna Zimmer.
Wasp Spider observed a few days before our walk. First time I have observed one at this location. Photo & observation Donna Zimmer.
Beautiful Crown Vetch observed and photographed by Mike Robinson,
A sea of Sea Aster, Tripolium pannonicum, photo & observation Moira O’Donnell
Female Latticed Heath on Sand Lucerne, photo and observation Moria O’Donnell
Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hover fly, on Ivy. Observation and photograph Moira O’Donnell.
Oodles of Shrill Carder Bee were observed and photographed  by David Burbridge.
Sea Aster Bee observation and photograph David Burbridge
Butterfly observations were recorded kindly by Mike Robinson. We observed; Clouded Yellow, Green-Veined White, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Small White and Speckled Wood & Large White. Photography Nicky Wilson.
Conrad Ellam kindly kept a list of bird species observed during a walk. We saw; Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Little Grebe , Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Lapwing, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Blackback, Great Blackback, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Wheatear, Robin, Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Starling, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. Photo Wheatear by Donna Zimmer.



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