Over the past week or so there’s been a flurry of excitement from local twitchers regarding a duck. I can’t say that I’m anything like an expert on birdlife or fauna, but it’s nice to see the area getting some attention for something positive.

The local newspaper, News Shopper, reported on the initial sightings of the female Ferruginous duck, and it was covered by the Bexley Times and others. First seen in a lake near Thamesmead Town’s retail outlets, sadly it seemed to be entirely gone a week later, according to blogger, The Bromley Birder.

Gone or not, the bird was definitely in residence briefly, a testament to the attempts to improve the green spaces around Thamesmead and the range of nature that is only a stones throw from the “concrete jungle”.

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