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Lesnes Abbey Woods
LNR Type: Urban
County: Greater London
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 2002
Declaring Authority: London Borough of Bexley
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TQ 481 785
Location: Abbey Road, Belveder. DA17
Owned by: London Borough of Bexley
Managed by: London Borough of Bexley

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Lesnes Abbey ruins

SSSI Type: Biological & Geological
Map: Map (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Road: A206 Woolwich to Dartford. B213 Abbey Wood to Belvedere. In the towns of Abbey Wood and Belvedere in SE London in the Borough of Bexley.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Abbey Wood
Bus: 180, 229, 244, 469, B11
Visitor facilities: The fossil bed contains many types of fossils from the Eocene epoch of about 54.5 million years ago. The main fossils found today are sharks teeth and seashells. Permission to visit the site can be obtained from the Rangers at the site office by the Information Centre. Guide and brief history leaflets widely available on site and in local area.
A number of self guided trails, nature walks and talks given by on site rangers and local conservation group.
Information centre, toilets (disabled access), formal gardens, children's play park and Ball court,
What to see: Ancient woodland and coppice with amazing wildflowers and spring bulbs with one of the most important populations of wild daffodils in the south east. Other habitats include parks and open spaces, heathland, wetlands and hedgerows.
Also superb bluebells and wood anenomes. There are stag beetles, song thrush, bats and newts as well as a wide range of other woodland and parkland birds, animals and insects. A recent comprehensive study of the site has found 906 species of invertebrate, 46 birds including red data book redwing and fieldfare, 59 species of fungi, 292 species of plants and 12 species of mammal. Dr Paddy Cocker is of the opinion the site is of SSSI quality for its plants and animals.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers (LACV),
who work with the Council and have their own programme of events and tasks.

Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Parks Nature Conservation and Community Officer,
Mark Taylor,
Tel. 01322 356806
London Borough of Bexley
Parks and Open Spaces
Tel: 020 8303 7777
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Lesnes Abbey Wood Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 24/03/2015
Additional information:

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Fossil bed


 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Wild daffodils


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

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