Latest update: 3rd May 2016
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Waddon Ponds is an eight acre park off the Purley Way, next to John Lewis,
surrounded by housing. There are long ponds, gardens and a
playground. The ponds are fed by springs which are the source of the River Wandle, which runs buried though Croydon and eventually to
the Thames via other parks, including Morden Hall Park.
Best parking is in The Ridgeway or Waddon Court Road (CR0 4AG for satnavs), both off Croydon Road in Waddon, near the railway
station. There are entrances in other roads, including Mill Lane, next to John Lewis, but less parking. Closed at night.
There are lot of water fowl, including mute swans and a large number of
coots. Nesting boxes are provided on stilts in the water. The water
fowl live both on and off the water, and wander around the lawns and gardens waiting to fed. The large number of water fowl suggest they
are well looked after by park visitors.
Older Photos of Waddon Ponds - 2014
25th January 2015, the small pond has all the different water fowl, Swan,
Canada Geese, Mallards, Coots and Tufted Ducks. The
landscaper have been at work here with plantings along this bare concrete bank.
Wire netting to stop the birds eating the plants before they are established.
But the geese can still leave the water to be fed.
More water fowl on the main lake.
Don't often see Greylag Geese here.
26th May 2015, a lazy Coot has a small nest on a floating platform.
The park is quiet, not nearly as many birds as the winter.
A pair of Egyptian Geese (with black rings around their eyes), perhaps the pair that were at Kelsey Park last year.
Another Coot nest, much more building skill here.
A third Coot nest, no idea why it's been built so high, lot of effort.
But the Coot is sitting on young chicks, can just see red beaks.
The lawn is peaceful, a few Canada Geese and Mallards.
The small pond is quiet, just a few Mallards.
But on the far side of the small pond, a fourth Coot nest, with some chicks on the water.
View from the north park entrance, large pond to the left behind the tree, then the bridge and small pond to the right.
16th October 2015, lots of Canada geese, and a pair of Egyptian Geese, with
the grey necks and dark eye rings. Wonder if this is the
same pair that used to live at Kelsey Park in Beckenham.
Sea gulls are here already.T
The Egyptian Geese again. ,
Looking out to the main pond.
Hungry geese still looking for more food.
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