Who we are

The Friends of Selsdon Wood are volunteers working with Croydon Council to ensure that Selsdon Wood is maintained for the benefit of the flora and fauna, as well as for the enjoyment of the public. We are the Council's eyes and ears - reporting problems that occur. We are grateful to the many dog walkers and others who also 'keep an eye out' whilst enjoying the fields and woods and advise of problems too.

Download a printable leaflet (with map) from here.

What we do

The Friends regularly hold informative walks, carry out sustainable conservation and restorative work and monitor wildlife in Selsdon Wood. On our work days (see the Workdays page for details) we coppice woodland and carry out other maintenance work. Our monthly Committee meetings are open to all, usually on the last Monday of each month. We hold our AGM in early January. Meetings start at 8pm at the Forestdale Forum.

Our display boards at the entrances carry posters advertising forthcoming walks and providing other information for users of the woods.

Join Us

The Friends are pleased to welcome new members. Your £5 family subscription will help to pay for more bird boxes, native trees & plants, tools, leaflets, name boards etc. Membership of the Friends expresses your belief in, and support for, the work we do. The Friends understand that not everyone can take part in maintenance work or attend meetings but your membership encourages those who do.

To join please complete and submit the form which can be found at the bottom of the Contact Us page on this website.

Alternatively a membership form to print and return by post can be downloaded from here.

Sightings

Take a look at the Fauna page for the latest animal sightings (an adorable Fox cub and a Bluetit bathing) and see the May Flowers gallery below for first sightings of each spring flower.

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On our Bluebell Walk on 2nd May we saw the white squirrel - see the Walks page for details.

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Also do take a look at this great blog about the Selsdon Wood white squirrel written by our regular contributor and photo competition winner Mark Shoesmith.

http://www.shoeyphoto.com/blog/2015/3/22/albino-squirrels-in-selsdon-wood

Notices

Our next Selsdon Wood Workday is on
Sunday 7th June 2015
- see Workdays page for details

Our next guided walk is 'Summer Flowers’ with Malcolm Jennings on Sunday 21st June @ 11am - see Walks page for details.


Our next Meeting is on Monday June 29th  @ 8pm at the Forestdale Forum. All members welcome.


You may also be interested in Pinewood Open day on Sunday 24th May - see poster under the Mayflower Gallery below.

Sponsorship

From time to time FSW seeks additional funding from organisations interested in supporting the various activities undertaken on behalf of the Friends

We are grateful to Croydon Council, through their Nature Conservation Fund, for providing funding to cover Insurance costs and helping us to buy new tools for Workdays. 

In 2014 the Friends undertook repair of the six noticeboards, with new art work describing the habitat and an updated map.  Croydon Council, through the Small Grants Fund, provided funding towards this project, as did the Selsdon Residents Association.  Without this significant contribution this project could not have been undertaken.

The Friends are grateful for these additional funding streams which greatly assist the ongoing development of Selsdon Wood.

If you are interested in sponsoring the work of the Friends, please contact Heather Govier, Chair of Selsdon Wood at govierh@gmail.com

May Flowers 2015

March winds and April showers,
Bring forth May flowers.

The flowers below have newly opened in the past week or so.

 FSW Logs & Charcoal (sorry logs currently sold out)

FSW have some logs and charcoal from our coppicing activities and maintenance work, available for a donation of £4 (logs) or £5 (charcoal). If you would like some please contact Neale Fox on  logs.selsdonwood@btinternet.com 
tel: 020-8657-0384, or get in touch through the usual FSW email selsdonwood@gmail.com, by telephone at 020-8657-0423 or by using the form on the Contact Us page of this website.

Selsdon Wood Closing Times

The following closing times apply to the Car Park & Kingfisher Gardens gates.

Jan 4.30: Feb - 5.30: Mar - 6.30: Apr - 8.00: May -  9.00: June/July - 9.30: Aug - 8.30: Sept - 7.30: Oct - 6.30: Nov/Dec - 4.30.


Reporting Problems in Selsdon Wood

For fire, ambulance or illegal activities - call 999. Our name boards will help you give the location. Alternatively if you ring 112 from a mobile phone it will automatically give your GPS position to the emergency services.

If it is not urgent please ring 101 or contact the Safer Neighbourhoods Team at Addington Police Station on 020-8721-2464 or email Selsdon.Ballards.snt@met.police.uk.

To report injured, sick or trapped badgers 24/7 contact the East Surrey Badger Protection Society (ESBPS) Wildlife Officer Warwick Reynolds 020-8688 9905, mobile 07973 327017. Could those reporting please include their name & phone number in case more information is required. The ESBPS does not collect dead badgers - ring Croydon Council 020-8726 6000 during office hours.

In the case of other injured wildlife ring the RSPCA on 0300-1234-999.

If you see people, motorbikes, quads or horseriders causing damage or behaving anti-socially Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm phone  Croydon Council 020-8726 6000 (ignore all choices and information – you will be answered eventually) or report online at www.croydon.gov.uk/doitonline.

Overflowing bins or poo bins should be reported to parks@croydon.gov.uk

Graffiti should be reported to Graffiti@croydon.gov.uk

We would also be grateful if you would tell the FSW about it - e-mail: selsdonwood@gmail.com or use the Contact Us page on this website.

The FSW is a member of  the Association of Croydon Conservation Societies (ACCS) http://www.accs-croydon.co.uk and the Moving Mountains Network movingmountains4nature.blogspot.co.uk

Except where stated otherwise, all materials on this website are © FSW.

Ash dieback in UK woodland

You will have heard the news about Ash dieback in the UK. The Forestry Commission is currently carrying out surveys to establish its possible spread. To keep up to date and for further information about how to identify the disease please visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara. Now that the leaves have gone it will be difficult to identify affected trees, but once the trees are in leaf again next spring your support in keeping an eye on them will be extremely helpful.

If you find a suspect case, please report it to the following:

Fera - tel: 01904 465625 - email: planthealth.info@fera.gsi.gov.uk

Forestry Commission - tel: 0131 314 6414 - email: plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

and also to Richard Edwards  at Croydon Council’s Trees and Woodland Section  -  richard.edwards@croydon.co.uk

This disease has been reported in most of continental Europe, and has affected ash with varying degrees. In the UK it will be a case of seeing how things develop, what further research shows and following the advice give by the Forestry Commission. The Council’s Tree and Woodland Section is working closely with the Forestry Commission and other practitioners across London to ensure we do what is possible and to keep you informed about developments.