Save our Swifts!

Swifts spend most of their lives on the wing, only landing to nest and raise young. They arrive in the UK in May to breed, nesting high on buildings, often under the eaves, leaving in August to return to southern Africa. The number arriving in the UK declined by 47% 1995-2014. In Bromley numbers recorded are now very low. Reasons for the decline include loss of nest sites, less insect food & changing climate. Listen for their screaming cries and look for their crescent shapes as they fly high above us, often in groups, feeding on flying insects and spiders. If they are flying at roof level they may be looking for nest sites. Please let us know if you see any & if they are nesting near you.

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RETURN OF THE PURPLE EMPEROR

This butterfly was thought extinct in Kent in the late 1980's but there have been new records recently from the south of Bromley Borough. Look for them before noon in July and August when the males descend from a tall Ash or Oak tree to visit animal dung from which they obtain vital mineral nutrients. After noon they fly high in the tree canopy. The distinctive caterpillars grow to 40mm and after hibernation can be found until the end of June feeding on Goat Willow (or sometimes on Grey or Crack Willow).

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Judy John
Bullfinch

Bullfinch are resident in the UK and are found in woodland, scrub and orchards. They are sometimes seen in gardens especially those connected to a patch of thick scrub or woodland by thick hedgerows. 

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Judy John
Workday: CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen weather conditions, the Friends of Scadbury Park regret to inform friends of Scadbury Park that the maintenance workday on Thursday, 1st February 2018 has been cancelled. 

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Andrew Harby