Archive for July 5, 2013

A pleasant morning and so decided to go for a walk in Scadbury LNR which is not far from where I live.

Scadbury Park is the remnant of one of the estates of the Walsingham family. The remains of the Tudor Manor house are still visible within the Park.

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It was the home to Sir Edmund Walsingham, who was Lieutenant of the Tower of London during the reign of Henry VIII and was responsible for the custody of Anne Boleyn and Thomas More amongst others who stayed there as guests of the King. His nephew Francis Walsingham (later First secretary and spy-master to Queen Elizabeth I) was born here. His grandson Thomas twice entertained Queen Elizabeth at Scadbury. After he died it passed through marriage to the Townsend family who held it until 1983 when it was purchased by Bromley Council. Part of the estate is managed as a farm but the woodlands were made a LNR.

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As might be expected on a summer day bird activity was quite low although there were good numbers of wrens and juvenile Great Tits. The main reason for visiting was to look for butterflies and dragonflies. In the woodland rides there were good numbers of Speckled Wood.

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At the moated house site there was a single Meadow Brown and a pair of Azure damselflies egg laying in the moat.

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Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)