Friends of Tooting Common
Ash Die-Back
To find out more about Ash Die-Back disease - how to spot it and how you can help go to :-

  "Oak before Ash you'll get a splash - Ash before Oak you'll get a Soak"

2014:- Ash before Oak - just.

2013:- ash was ages before oak!

Egyptian Goslings
One Appleyard Duck
Two Black East Indian Runners
Shoveller Ducks
RSPB Survey
House Sparrows
RSPB Cockney Sparrow Count
The Cockney sparrow was once a regular fixture in our London gardens, parks and squares. However, the city lost 68% of them between 1994 and 2000. The RSPB asked Londoners to spend an hour, sometime between 18 June and 12 July 2012, looking for house sparrows in their gardens and/or local green spaces and parks in order to help identify where populations are doing well, just clinging on or faring badly.
The RSPB did a 3 year research project on the common - beside the railway line near Cavendish Road.
The results of that survey can be found HERE

House Sparrows
male (left) and female (right) from Mike Langman (
Wild Honeysuckle
Sometimes called Woodbine, honeysuckle is a native of hedges and woodlands, and will look wonderful if you plant a few along your hedge line or over a fence or shed. In early Spring the new shoots are popular with black fly which in turn are a valuable food source for ladybirds, lacewing and birds. Honeysuckle bark is used for nestbuilding and the tangle of branches are great nesting sites for a variety of birds too. The dormouse is reliant on honeysuckle and hazel climbing together to provide food and nesting sites. Honeysuckle flowers in June and it’s strong nighttime scent is attractive to moths – especially hawk moths. In the day bumble bees with long tongues can reach the nectar. The autumn berries are poisonous to humans but are really valuable to birds and a real favourite of the bullfinch.  
Bluebells in Graveney Woods
Watch out for an amazing display of bluebells this year after our bramble pulls last autumn and this spring in Graveney Woods Read the report - click here - comments please  
April - Wood Anemones

After 2012's bramble pull this was last year's spread. This year's should be even better!

Monthly Bird Reports
They are available on the web at:
click on "tooting common" in that page
Plant Record list
Click here to view    


Terrapins Terrapins have again been released into the lake on the common.
Sadly they are predatory and carnivorous. More importantly they can carry salmonella so please don't handle them. The Parks Department are currently looking into the best way of dealing with them for the long term but meantime please just admire them from a distance!
If you see them digging in the sandy soil around the lake please notify the Parks Department immediately as this may mean that they are about to start breeding!