Perils of Fishing Litter

A springtime reminder of the hazards facing wildlife on the Meadows when people get too close. In this case the perils of fishing litter returned to the Five Arches this week when a Canada Goose became mortally entangled and wounded by fishing line and tackle. This distress and injury to the bird was reported to the RSPCA and Bexley Council. The only outcome was for a specialist equipped RCPCA team to attend, dispatch and recover the body of the goose.

This sad incident is a reminder to us all to respect the Natural Environment, not to disturb the wildlife, to take our litter home and why fishing is prohibited at Foots Cray Meadows; with the lake being a Local Nature Reserve.  Neither is the lake a safe place for people to swim or jump into.

Funded entirely from public donations the RSPCA is the UK’s largest animal welfare charity and is known to most of us. With the very high demands on their services we are grateful that the RSPCA were able to attend and assist at Foots Cray Meadows.

Picture RSPCA Inspector Mitchell Smith especially equipped for waterfowl rescue at the Five Arches, Foots Cray Meadows.

Michael Heath Chair FFCM 30th April 2021

River Works on Meadows

Following a recent site inspection to Foots Cray Meadows, in the lead-up to Thames 21’s project to undertake works to the river, Bexley have identified an area of woodland that needs to temporarily close. This area has suffered from significant erosion and is virtually impassable due to fallen trees and they have already instructed their team fencing contractor to undertake fencing works to direct site users and when installed Bexley will be erecting temporary signage to advise.

Friends Website

The Friends were set up in June 2006 in order to protect Foots Cray Meadows, a magnificent mixture of landscaped open space, Meadows and Woodland covering an area of 97 hectares (240 acres) which has survived development from the urban sprawl of London. It is an important site to many local people and visitors alike and deserves our protection. 

The Friends have developed the following aims and objectives in order to achieve this:

· Working in partnership with London Borough of Bexley to encourage public interest in, and the conservation of Foots Cray Meadows (FCM).

· To protect the wildlife and its habitat within FCM.

· To provide a focus for involvement by the community and users in the open space, to volunteer and work with the Council, in the conservation of  FCM and its development as a public open space.

· To advance the public’s awareness of the open space by promoting FCM its plants, wildlife, landscape, sustainability and supporting appropriate recreational facilities for the benefit of community groups and the general public.

· To develop and deliver information, interpretive material and educational opportunities for FCM

· To raise funds for the purpose of achieving the above aims.

Do bear with us we are updating this website and will be back soon with some new information.

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