Wandle Meadow Nature Park

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Wandle Meadow Nature Park is a 4.15 hectare local nature reserve and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1, in Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton.[1][2] It is owned and managed by Merton Council.[3]

A map of 1847 shows the site as Byegrove Mead, which may have been managed as water meadows. In 1877 it was acquired by a sewage company, and it formed part of a sewage works until this closed in 1970. A plan to build a stadium for Wimbledon Football Club on the site was strongly opposed by local residents, and in 1989 it was designated as a nature reserve by Merton Council.[1]

The Meadow lies between the River Wandle and Mead Path, part of the Wandle Trail. Wetland plants and animals include small sweet-grass, eared willow and broad-bodied chaser dragonflies. Bullfinches, whitethroats and reed buntings breed in woodland areas.[4] There are also bodies of water which have a variety of frogs, toads and newts.[5]

Access is by a footbridge across the River Wandle from Garfield Recreation Ground and from Mead Path off North Road.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wandle Meadow Nature Park". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Map of Wandle Meadow Nature Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wandle Meadow Nature Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wandle Trail Nature Park and Lower River Wandle". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nature reserves". Merton Council. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°25′26″N 0°10′59″W / 51.424°N 0.183°W / 51.424; -0.183