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Biodiversity work has begun at Eagle Pond!

February 26, 2014
Biodiversity work has begun at Eagle Pond!

In the build-up to our main event on March 8th Trees for Cities have started their work at Eagle Pond on Clapham Common Southside. Work began last week to create a hibernaculum – a refuge for insects such as solitary bees, and amphibians such as toads and frogs. The feature entailed scooping out a bank…

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Dog-damage to trees

December 9, 2013
Dog-damage to trees

Some of our members have started to report to us horrible incidences of badly damaged trees on the Common. You will have seen those with their trunks lashed up and fraying, and with hanging half-pulled-off branches. This is damage resulting from certain people encouraging fighting dogs to strengthen their jaws and claws, where they are…

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High drama on Clapham Common!

July 2, 2013
High drama on Clapham Common!

A small group assembled around a large tree near the One o’Clock Club on Windmill Drive to watch ducklings hurling themselves from a height of four metres from their nest! A young female mallard was on the ground calling to her young, although she was in some distress, owing to the close proximity of a…

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Characters on Clapham Common: the rabbit

December 7, 2012
Characters on Clapham Common: the rabbit

Have you spotted this ‘rabbit’ on Clapham Common? This plane tree, on Southside, is shaped like a rabbit.

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Mute swans on Mount Pond

December 5, 2012
Mute swans on Mount Pond

These beautiful Mute Swans and their (now grown) cygnets have made Mount Pond on Clapham Common their home.  They have been there since mid-September. This photograph was taken last weekend – 1 December 2012.

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Greylag geese

December 5, 2012
Greylag geese

A flock of greylag geese were recently spotted grazing the grass in the children’s area. These are winter residents of Clapham Common.

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OLYMPIC TORCH PASSES THROUGH CLAPHAM COMMON!

July 23, 2012

This week, on Thursday 26 July, the Olympic Flame journeys from Camden to Westminster via Clapham Common! The Flame will pass along Rookery Road and west down Long Road, to the Wandsworth side of Clapham Common, at approximately 12.30pm. For details of the route and pictures, see: http://l2012.cm/ObqIjx    

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Corporate Training Days are transforming Clapham Common

July 18, 2012
Corporate Training Days are transforming Clapham Common

Accountancy firm KPMG chose Clapham Common for their corporate day – making bug hotels! Under the direction of Melanie Oxley, Chairman of Friends of Clapham Common, accountancy firm KPMG had great fun creating vertical log stacks this week, at the foot of a felled tree.  The Hornbeam had died earlier in the year and was…

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Bedstraw and St. John’s Wort light up Battersea Woods in July!

July 3, 2012
Bedstraw and St. John’s Wort light up Battersea Woods in July!

Wild flowers are late this year, but worth the wait. In Battersea Woods there are clouds of Common Bedstraw, tall yellow St. John’s Wort and even some poppies! Amongst our meadow areas, Slender Foxtail and Hay Rattle are in flower.

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