Scadbury Park is a ca.-120 ha Local Nature Reserve at the eastern edge of Chislehurst on the border of Bromley and Bexley boroughs, about 19 km (12 mi) southeast of central London. Previously a country estate dating back to the 13th century, it includes at its southern perimeter the remains of the moated Scadbury Manor (built 1314, demolished ca. 1730) at the top of a slope overlooking the valley of the River Cray. Bought by the Borough of Bromley in 1983 and opened as a nature reserve and working farm in 1985, Scadbury Park has since been designated a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation and an Area of Special Landscape Character. Managed by the Bromley Countryside Service, it contains woodland and pasture with a network of circular walking paths: the mixed woodland, which covers nearly half of the estate, includes a small but nationally-significant number of ancient oaks that were part of an Elizabethan royal hunting forest; the 45 ha of grassland are worked by a tenant farmer using traditional hay-meadow management techniques; and the London Loop passes through the park, from Sidcup Bypass Road near its junction with Perry Street to St Paul's Cray Road. Edit
Species recorded in the last few years (since 2009) include Honey-buzzard, Montagu's Harrier, Hobby, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Wood Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Nightingale, Northern Wheatear, Tree Pipit, Common Crossbill, Bullfinch.
Great Crested Newts, perhaps the largest population in London, are found in the ponds. Flowers include Lily of the Valley. Dormouse survey work commenced in 2005.
Car: Old Perry Lane off the main A222 Bromley Lane/Perry Street. There is a car park at the Old Perry St main entrance. outline map
Bus (May 2010):
NB: The first two buses stop in Perry Street. map
160 Sidcup to Catford via Chislehurst, New Eltham and Eltham (every 15 min)
269 Bromley North to Bexleyheath via Chislehurst, Sidcup and Bexley (every 10-12 min)
R1 from Green Street Green via Orpington and St Mary Cray Stn
R11 Green Street Green to Sidcup via Orpington and Footscray
B14 (Mon-Sat) Orpington to Bexleyheath via Sidcup
61 Bromley North to Chislehurst via Orpington
273 Petts Wood to Lewisham via Chislehurst, Grove Park, Lee and Hither Green
Train: The nearest stations are St Mary Cray, Chislehurst, Orpington, Sidcup, and Petts Wood.
Other Local Green SpacesEdit
St Paul's Cray Common, Foots Cray Meadows, Pett's Wood, Hawkwood Estate, and Jubilee Country Park.
(Sources: Friends of Scadbury Park; Natural England LNRs; Bromley LBC; Woodland Trust.)