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The Wood That Built London: Beckenham

London Wildlife Trust members in Bromley and Southwark, and – through local papers – the wider public, were asked to record any stag beetles they had seen. Of the 600 forms sent out, more than 200 were returned, recording more than 400 sightings. These were combined with findings from separate surveys in Bromley, Wandsworth and Croydon, and mapped on the Trust’s GIS/MapInfo system. The results revealed a swath of sightings across South London, with particular concentrations in Beckenham and the Dulwich-Camberwell area. Since then, annual surveys have confirmed this pattern, while the interest generated by the Trust and other wildlife groups has led to the creation of stag beetle loggeries in gardens, parks and green spaces.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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C.J. Schüler

C.J. Schüler