Places to see birds

Addington/Shirley Hills

The site was bought by Croydon Corporation in various parcels between 1874 and 1919. Since then it has been a popular open space and features a view point which looks across towards Crystal Palace and parts of London.


Bounded by Shirley Hills Road, Oaks Road and Coombe Lane. The main access for cars is off Shirley Hills Road (TQ355642), but the site is readily accessible to pedestrians off all three roads.

WC and viewpoint

Public transport
Tramlink: Coombe Lane stop
Bus: 130 and 466 along Shirley Hills Road and Coombe Lane

The site mainly comprises woodland with an area of heathland on the summit

Regular woodland species, including Stock Doves. Spotted Flycatchers may be found on migration and there is a recent record of a breeding attempt (which is now a very scarce event in Croydon). Redpolls and occasional Firecrests can be found in winter. This was the last known site in Croydon for breeding Wood Warblers, but these seem to have disappeared in the late 1990s.