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Sidcup Road Grassland and Harmony Wood

Greenwich

Grade: Borough Grade I | Area: 9.74 ha

Access

Free public access (all/most of site)

Description

This site is divided by the A20 Sidcup Road, with areas of flower rich grassland and woodland in the north and grassland with the Little Quaggy stream flowing through it in the south. The Green Chain Walk runs along the eastern edge of the site, and there is free public access to the part of the site north of the A20.

Wildlife

The north of the site contains an area of mostly neutral grassland which supports a sizeable population of the nationally scarce corky-fruited water-dropwort, as well as fairy flax, wild onion and rough hawkbit, which are scarce in Greenwich, and numerous commoner wild flowers, including an unusual abundance of common knapweed. Small areas of acid grassland contain sheep's sorrel and common cat's-ear. The grassland supports large populations of grasshoppers and butterflies, including common blue and meadow brown. An area of mixed native woodland was planted over part of this area in 1986, and further tree planting in 2002 threatened to damage the important grassland, but tree planting has now been limited to belts on the edges of the site. The grassland to the south of the A20 is much less diverse, but the Little Quaggy stream flows through it, forming the borough boundary with Bromley. One of the few sections of river with natural banks in Greenwich borough, it supports wetland vegetation including hairy sedge, marsh foxtail, gipsywort, floating sweet-grass and water figwort.

Facilities

Waymarked walking route

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