Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve

We had a London Dragon Finder team visit to Dacres Wood this morning. The Nature Reserve occupies 2.5 hectares in the London Borough of Lewisham, to the east of the main railway line between Forest Hill and Sydenham stations. It was formerly part of a large Victorian garden, and includes an important remnant of the Croydon Canal, closed in 1841. There is a diverse invertebrate fauna, including several species of particular note and a number of useful invertebrate habitats. The site’s close abutment to a railway line makes possible potential colonization and the spread of many species along this ‘green corridor’

Froglife have restored the pond and built a pond-dipping platform which is already being used by local schools. Today there were lots of froglets, some which had not yet absorbed their, some that had and some that were slightly larger. We also found at least three Smooth Newts during our short visit. Come along on Saturday July 19th and explore the nature reserve for yourself, Froglife along with the 'Friends Of Dacres Wood' will be holding an open Dragon Day, with pond dipping, craft activities and of course reserve information. I'll see you there between 11 am - 4 pm.

Froglet still retaining it's tail

Froglet a little larger

Froglet larger still
Smooth Newt female

Smooth Newt female

Smooth Newt female