The Wood, Surbiton

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The Wood

The Wood is a public park in Surbiton in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London. Part of it is a bird sanctuary named after the naturalist Richard Jefferies and managed by the London Wildlife Trust. The 1.5 hectare site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve called 'The Wood and Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary'.[1][2][3]

The Woods was a nineteenth century house which had a lake and woods in its grounds. In the 1930s the house was demolished, and in 1947 Surbiton Council compulsorily purchased the site and turned it into a park. In 1980 the upper part of the park was fenced off to form the bird sanctuary, which has been managed by the London Wildlife Trust since 1987.[3]

The site is wooded, and has typical woodland birds such as great spotted woodpeckers and tawny owls. Invertebrates include stag beetles.[1]

There is access from Oak Hill Grove.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Wood and Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of The Wood and Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "The Woods, including Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°23′27″N 0°18′08″W / 51.3907°N 0.30236°W / 51.3907; -0.30236