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Monday, 28 September 2015

Giving Nature a Home in Croydon

Giving Nature a Home in Croydon

Two completely unrelated events over the past few days appear to have produced new 'first' species for Croydon.
Trawling through my tweets I came across one from the Friends of Park Hill Park - a Red Deer has appeared in the Park. Totally unexpected as I am not sure where the nearest herd can be found (Richmond Park?) or how it got here. This fine stag has been present for at least four days now! The Council has closed the park for the safety of the public and the stag, but it can be seen from Fairfield Path. Please do not attempt to get into the park until it has been reopened.
Also over the weekend I went over to my mother-in-law's in Coulsdon. I had been asked by a friend to keep an eye open for Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) that might be feeding on the newly emerging flowers of ivy. The request didn't prepare me for the landscape of mini 'molehills' that I saw in Coulsdon. These turned out to be nest holes of the ivy bee and dozens of them were flying around and going into the holes. This species was described as new to science in 1993 (found in southern Europe) and the first British records were from Dorset in 2001! Since then it has been found in many southern counties and has now arrived in Croydon. More information about ivy bees can be seen on the attached file
John Birkett

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