Kingfishers, a variety of bats and other important species, have found sanctuary for centuries in the wild spaces next to the River Crane. Although these spaces are designated Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), this does not provide complete certainty against development and/or encroachment which could threaten this important habitat. We seek to raise awareness of these wonderful wild spaces and their wildlife, to ensure they are cherished and protected for now and future generations.
"While I am quite happy to support your campaign in a personal capacity – both as a founding Chairman of the Bat Conservation Trust and because of my experience in land conservation in WLT, and species conservation as Executive Secretary of what is now FFI. But I must emphasise I am not in a position to speak on behalf of any of them. Knowing South London well from my early years (and the days when I was researching one of my first books A Naturalist in London (David and Charles (1978), I am very aware that any remaining ‘wild’ places are of huge importance simply by virtue of their absolute rarity. I wish you well with your endeavours."
Recent planning applications for new builds on this precious stretch of the River Crane have galvanised us to raise awareness of this area to gain support for a River Crane Sanctuary.
Explore this website to see how you can help us protect and enjoy and share this space with the original owners: The Flora and Fauna.
Photo/audio clips of the Walk along the River Crane Sanctuary can be seen by clicking on the Big Logo below.