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Creating a new heathland glade on West Wickham Common
In September work got underway to create a new, small heathland glade on West Wickham Common. Once widespread around London, lowland heath is now somewhat rare despite it being the most important habitat for reptiles and a heather-laden haven for invertebrates.
Take a bird’s eye view of the local area and one can see that this new heathland glade and the existing heathland on West Wickham Common are not alone. They are in fact part of a a larger network of heathland sites that pocket this corner of Greater London and Kent. The heathland, acid grassland and lowland valley mire of Hayes and Keston Commons, that are adjacent to West Wickham Common, have long been popular places for Londoners on a day out, and for naturalists and scientists to visit, including Charles Darwin who studied round-leaved sundew in Keston Bog and earthworms on the heathland. Much of West Wickham Common itself would likely have been heathland at one point in time.
By opening up the area to more light, new growth of heather will soon emerge and over time the area will become a key stepping stone between existing heathland habitats for the birds, reptiles and invertebrates that use them.
Volunteering on the West Wickham Commons
We are glad to be running volunteer tasks on the West Wickham Commons again. To be added to the mailing list for volunteering and updates on where to meet and times etc., please email us.
This month’s task will be at West Wickham Common on Thursday 28 October (10-15:00) where we will be clearing dense growing holly from the new heath glade on the Common. This task promises to be an active one to kickstart the winter work season. We look forward to seeing you there!
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