Beddington Farms fate was finally sealed today by Boris’s approval of an incinerator that will be built on land put aside for development of a nature reserve. The Farmlands have been chipped away at for many a year now and there is not a great deal left to support in particular Tree Sparrows who have all but disappeared from the site! Nature will reclaim everything in the end as we seal our own fate by destroying all that supports our existence!!
I started my Timed Species Count on the Permissible Footpath which seemed quieter today. The days weather sunny 24c 40% cloud 8mph W wind may have played a big part in this. Fourteen species were recorded -2 on my last count. A skulking Lesser Whitethroat was the most interesting find in this hour.
100 Acre was next up twenty three species were seen +1 on the last count. 4 Green Sandpiper, 10 Lapwing and a family party of Reed Warbler in the dense reed-bed were the most notable species in this area.
|(Archive photo of Tree Sparrow)|
Light was slowly slipping away by the time I reached the Lakes. The usual suspects were there in numbers including 112 Canada Geese. 2 Swift were seen over the North Lake and 4 Tree Sparrow near the cage were the most notable finds. This could be the only surviving tree Sparrow group on the Farmlands! To think there were nearly a thousand birds a couple of years ago!