Latest update: 5th October 2017
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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 - 2016
14th July 2017, not yet entered the park, this view from Mill Lane.
A lot a ducks arrive on the grass very quickly for food.
And a Mallard family appears in the deep water plants, hard to see them all.
The ducklings are probably four weeks old. In the distance, some swans are arriving to join the fun.
A massive swan family, nine cygnets, climbing out of the pond.
Meanwhile the ducklings are heading back into the safety of the water.
The cygnets eating the food.
All is seemingly quiet on the main pond, most of the action is to my left.
Wider shot of the corner where the ducklings and swans are hiding.
View from the feeding jetty, just a few ducks and Coots.
Further down the pond still quiet.
The small pond has a single Moorhen in the distance.
The small pond is now almost invisible from the grass due to the planting a
few years ago, there may be ducks there but they can not
Finally find the Canada geese sleeping on the grass, but they wake up very quickly.
Mallards and Coots looking for food.
In previous years there were dozens of Coots on this pond, now very few.
Back at the Mill Lane end of the pond, the swan family is out on the water.
How the cygnets are hunting for duck pellets in the water.,
And the adult swans are hungry as well.
One of the swans comes onto the grass where I've dropped some pellets, so I move back.
18th August 2017, only a brief visit today, walking past this park along the Wandle Trail. The large swan family is still here.
All very hungry.
View from Mill Lane, the swans have followed me from half way along the lake.
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