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South Norwood Country Park
LNR Type: Urban
County: Greater London
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 1993
Declaring Authority: London Borough of Croydon
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Grid Reference: TQ 353 683
Location: Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25
Owned by: London Borough of Croydon
Managed by: London Borough of Croydon
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: On foot: entrances in Albert Road, Westgate Road, Harrington Road, Elmers End Road, Macclesfield Road and over the footbridge from Long Lane.
By bus: The 54, 194, 289, 356, 358, 367 and 726 go to Elmers Road. The 130, 312 and 197 go to Portland Road.
By car: turn east off Portland Road, South Norwood, down Dundee Road and into Albert Road. The entrance to the Park and car park is next to Ryelands Primary School. The car park is open from 8.00 am until dusk Mon - Fri and 9.00am until dusk Sat - Sun and Bank Holidays.
By train and tram: Elmers End Station is at the north eastern corner of the park. Birkbeck Station is in Elmers End Road, a 5 minute walk from the park.
The tram service for the park stops as Harrington Road - Route 2, and Arena - Routes 1 and 2.
Visitor facilities: Visitor centre with school room, toilets, car parking. Wildlife Watch group, cycle route.
A public footpath runs beside the railway on the southern boundary of the site (route 666) and another crosses the site from Harrington Road to join the path alonside the railway.
After wet weather some areas of reserve lie wet for several days. There is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) which is a moated site in the Country Park, and there are the remains of the sewage farm culverts.
What to see: Habitats include wet meadow, wild flower meadows, lake, wasteland and stream.
Over 100 bird species are recorded each year including mallard, kestral, pheasant, gulls, skylark, warblers, tits, finches and linnets. Kingfishers are harder to spot but are present. Over 20 species of butterflies have been seen on site and several species of moth. Bats are plentiful.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Friends of South Norwood Country Park
Contact the Council for Details
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Wardens at the Visitor Centre
Tel. 020 8656 947
London Borough of Croyden
South Norwood Country Park
Telephone 020 8726 6900
Fax 020 8760 5622

Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for South Norwood Country Park Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 07/03/13
Additional information:

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Access to the countryside


 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Flood meadow


 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)White letter hairstreak butterfly (Satyrium w-album)

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