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Seething Wells from the Thames- Boat Trip
An intrepid crew braved the 8 degree temperatures to record heritage and other features along the river wall of the Filter beds. There are many niches used by wildlife, which will be tidied away if the marina and moorings are developed. This includes the old barges, which provide multiple opportunities for nesting birds, as well as shelter, night roosts etc. The river wall is a solid mass of ivy berries, indicating the abundance of pollinating insects, which must have been busy during the autumn. In turn, this will provide food and shelter through the winter for thrushes, blackbirds, blackcaps and wood pigeons . We saw wrens, robins and a foraging tit flock as we cruised along the wall.
Spanish broom and ivy along the river wall Thames.
It may look untidy to us, but this is what ecology looks like, these are ecological niches. The structure, density and variety of vegetation is habitat for insect prey and pollinators and offers shelter during bad weather or from predators. Look closely and there is a shelf where moorhen can perch and missing mortar where pellitory- of - the - wall and gipsywort take root.
mistletoe on trees in Home Park, Barge Walk
and above all, when viewing the opposite side of the river (at Barge Walk), it becomes apparent that this is the darkest and most undisturbed location along the Thames in the London Region.
The bloggers will be burning the night oil after each of the Examination in Public (EiP) hearings of the Mayors London Plan. Some of yesterday's session on Opportunity Areas and Regeneration, is expounded below see also Kingston's emerging Local Plan
Whilst no one wants to stop genuine homes being provided for our citizens - shelter is a human right - many are concerned about the way this is being undertaken. The inclusion of much of Kingston as 'Opportunity Areas' to deliver housing targets of 30,000, has raised a number of questions- including from our council - who want to see this number halved.
The London Tenants Federation
as well as many other organisations are calling for a halt in the spread of
Opportunity Areas. OA's can mean that normal planning rules are suspended and density increases can be up to
300% ABOVE average new development. They determine that an area can take extraordinary numbers of jobs and new homes; totally removing established co…
The last day of May, I went to see if I could find the black redstart that had been widely reported, no luck but it will turn up again on one of the old buildings. The lush vegetation was looking beautiful between the Filter Beds at Seething Wells. I made a note of the breeding birds: goldfinches twinkling away, blue tits gathering food, sand martins flying over the FB's (only two this year unfortunately) moorhens and some scruffy little coot chicks entangled in the algal blooms.
Proud parents were showing off their four Canada chicks; they can cover a lot of ground in a short space of time they were soon feeding on water pepper and bistort gleaned from the ziggerat-sided basins. A song thrush sang from the wharf alongside greenfinches as well as the seasonal chiff chaff; although this year all numbers are down, reflecting not only the topsy-turvy Spring but also the continued tumble in insect numbers (even seed eating birds are dependent on insects to feed their young).
Only a week to go before the People's Walk for Wildlife 22.9.18 led by Chris Packham
A Seething contigent will be joining-under our beautiful banner depicting the batty barge tunnel - at Seething Wells - for those animals, birds, bats, fairies, trifids who want to join us.
Leaving on the train from Norbiton at 11.20 we can meet anywhere en route or under the clock at Waterloo at Noon. Let me know if you are coming so we can wait for you.
Then to Hyde Park Corner where we will find somewhere to park ourselves; some of you will want to see the Infotainment stalls and others will be happy to eat your sandwiches and drink weak tea, while sitting on your folding chairs waiting for the march to reach us.
The March starts at 1pm Reformers Tree and passes via Hyde Park Corner, to Picadilly and then to Whitehall finishing at 2pm.
You don't have to dress up, and just so you know its not just me telling people to dress up you can Read more here I have animal and bird masks I can brin…