Thanks to the hard work of Friends of Crofton and Sparrow Woods member Trevor, and the kind permission of Ian Wright on behalf of the landowner, our Friends Group geocaching circuit is launched, and already being used. Finders love the woods, and the circuit, but perhaps not the mud.

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Disposing of last year's rhododendron removal was hard work, but opens up the ground to native flora. 

Friends of Crofton & Sparrow Woods Work Group meets fortnightly and welcomes new members to the team. Working in partnership with #idverde  

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The grassy south end of Eynsford Close Recreation Ground has been allowed to grow over the summer. To encourage more meadow plants, the vigour of the grass needs to be reduced. Here is Jenny from the Working Group sowing yellow rattle seeds. The pretty yellow flower pictured below is parasitic on grass roots, and will help provide more space for meadow wildflowers. Fingers crossed for next summer!

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Lovely weather on Saturday for last Saturday's free guided history and nature walk at Crofton and Sparrow Woods attracted over 60 people to come and find out more about our lovely green space. The history from William the Conqueror through to the post war building boom was explained, the wonderful woodland wildlife and plants, and well as reasons for the area being a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We also took the opportunity to celebrate the 20th birthday of the London Loop which passes through the heart of the woods.

Thank you to Petts Wood and District Residents Association, Bromley RSPB Local Group, and London Loop for being a key part of organising the event.

Interested in holding a guided walk for your group? Then contact friendscroftonandsparrowwoods@gmail.com

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The Friends of Crofton and Sparrow Woods September 2021 e-newsletter is out now to all members. Join the group now to receive a copy and learn more about our wildlife and history, as well as forthcoming events.

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Seen in Crofton Woods is one of the best known migrant butterflies - the painted lady.

It is a thistle lover, so well done to Work Group members in the Spring that cleared bramble to encourage the resurgence of thistles.

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The Bromley RSPB Local Group walked through Crofton Woods this morning, and in addition to hearing the birdlife and seeing the buzzard nest, despite the drizzle, we also found a newly emerged purple hairstreak butterfly gradually enlarging and drying its wings. Wonderful colour.

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The June 2021 Friends of Crofton and Sparrow Woods newsletter has been published - 6 pages of interesting news about this lovely area. Join the Group to receive your free copy.  

Use the Contact Us link, or fill in the membership form in the Form link and send it to us at friendscroftonandsparrowwoods@gmail.com

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This is the time of year to keep your eyes open for speckled wood butterflies.They love Crofton & Sparrow Woods as sun dappled woodland glades are their favorite haunt. Don't look for them on flowers - they prefer honey-dew produced by aphids. They bask in sun spots with their wings half open.

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Vetch in bloom

It is vetch time of year again. Bush vetch (with a purple flower) and common vetch are doing well thanks to the warmth and rain. We hope that letting the grass grow in part of the Recreation Ground will see vetch return to that area too.

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Beautiful bluebell carpet

It is bluebell time of year at last. Bluebells are scattered all over the woods, but they are at their most beautiful in the south side of the woods, where they carpet the ground with a haze of blue. 

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Friends Group members and Duke of Edinburgh scheme volunteer tackling waste dumped in Crofton Woods

Three sessions of rubbish removal from the woods secured a mass of fly tipping - unwanted items consciously taken into the woods to dump. It is a real shame that the beautiful and scientifically important woods are despoiled in this manner. Well done to all the hard work of the Friends Group members and our Duke of Edinburgh scheme volunteer for sparing the time to make a difference, and to idverde for their support.

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