If you see a bee swarm during your visit to South Norwood Country Park, please report this to http://www.honeybeeswarm.co.uk
It will then be possible for a local beekeeper to collect the swarm. Thanks you for you help
We hold regular wildlife walks with local experts throughout the year, meeting at the Visitor Centre. Follow us on Twitter or check this page for walk announcements and updates. All welcome, under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult
Nearest Tram stop: Arena or Harrington Road
Meet the Community Partnership Officer and the Friends of the Country Park for an evening stroll through the dark in search of bats hunting over the meadows and lake. Meet at 8.30pm by the visitor centre in the park. Wrap up warm and bring a torch if you have one to find your way
Next walk: Friday 10th May 2019
Walk report: 11th May 2018
Spotting bats on our bat walks can sometimes be a bit ‘hit and miss’. This time was definitely a ‘hit’
Around thirty adults and children (our largest number to date) gathered at the visitor centre at 8.30 pm to listen to an introductory talk by Meike Weiser, Community Conservation Partnership Officer from Croydon Council. As the sun went down, we made our way to the lake in the hope of spotting one or two bats. We were not disappointed!
With the help of bat detectors and one enthusiast’s very sophisticated bat detector linked to an ipad, we identified six species of bat. This is even more amazing considering there are only around seven species known to be in Croydon
Flying around the lake and above our heads were the Common pipistrelle, Soprano pipistrelle and one we haven’t seen before, a Nathusius’ pipistrelle. Added to those, were the Leisler’s bat, Noctule and Serotine. The only one we didn’t see which we did on the last bat walk was the Daubenton’s bat. Meike pointed out that it was rare to spot three big bats in one night
It truly was a thrilling experience which we hope to match at our next Bat Walk
To learn more visit the Bat Conservation Trust www.bats.org.uk
Next Walk: TBA
Walk report: “On a crisp, cold but sunny January morning we set off from the Visitor Centre with Rob (Park Warden) as our leader and main bird spotter. Twenty-eight people braved the cold including ten children & one baby in a pushchair. Any standing water in the numerous pools and the lake were frozen over and there was frost glittering on the scrub
The children all had record sheets to log their sightings and many of them had been provided with binoculars. Their first sighting was a Robin shortly followed by a Wood Pigeon, they were able to count lots of those!
Rob was quickly spotting lots of birds – see the bird list below. We made our way to the lake where coots and mallards were waddling along on the ice. The children were excited to see two Mute Swans and I was excited to see a Gadwall which was a first for me. Canada Geese were coming into land, skidding on the ice and two mallard drakes were having a furious fight”
The birds we saw included: Robin, Wood Pigeon, Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Starling, Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, Ring-necked Parakeet, Cormorant, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Gadwall, Shoveler, Khaki Campbell
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