Fishpond Wood and Beverley Meads

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Beverley Meads

Fishpond Wood and Beverley Meads is a 5.8 hectare local nature reserve adjacent to Wimbledon Common in the London Borough of Merton.[1] It is owned by Merton Council and managed by the London Wildlife Trust.[2][3]

In the Middle Ages Beverley Meads was owned by Merton Abbey, and it was later part of Warren Farm until it was acquired by Wimbledon Council in the 1950s. Fishpond Wood has two ponds which may date from medieval times[4] and wetlands surrounded by mature oak and hazel woodlands. Beverley Meads is a mosaic of woodlands and acid grassland, which is a rare habitat in London, and is important for grassland butterflies.[2][5]

There is access to the site by footpaths from Wimbledon Common, from Barham Road, and from Robin Hood Way opposite Coombe Hill Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nature reserves". London Borough of Merton. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Fishpond Wood and Beverley Meads". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Map of Fishpond Wood and Beverley Meads". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Beverley Meads and Fishpond Wood". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood". London Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°25′26″N 0°15′04″W / 51.424°N 0.251°W / 51.424; -0.251