Croydon Ducks - Waddon Ponds - 2019

Latest update: 26th December 2019

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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 - 2017

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20th January 2019, everyone is hungry here, Canada geese, Mallard and Coots.

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And the Swan family, only one cygnet, others probably left during the winter.

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Middle of the pond is less busy.

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Too many sea gulls.

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Mallards and Canada geese fighting the pigeons and sea gulls for food.

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Canada geese are following around the park. 

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The three swans again. 

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The Canada geese have caught up with me.

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More geese and ducks on the other side of the pond.

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Quiet at Mill Lane end. 

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2nd June 2019, three Canada geese goslings. 

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More geese on the way. 

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This pond is a horrible colour, seems to have a lot of algae, too little fresh water. Only a couple of Coots here.   

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Fortunately the main pond has better water, two Tufted ducks. 

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A few Mallards as well. 

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Hungry today, more Mallards arriving.

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The swans have a large family of new cygnets.

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One of the Mallards also has a large family of ducklings. at least eight. 

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Ducklings very hungry as well.

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Nine cygnets in the swan family. 

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One of the parents making sure we don't get too close. 

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The Mallard family again.

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The goose family again.  Did not cover the whole pond, but certainly Coot chicks as well. 

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28th September 2019, Canada Geese and Mallards on the main lake. 

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And now looking for food, the fences in the water no longer stop them reaches the banks. 

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Joined by two almost fully grown cygnets. 

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They ate a whole loaf of bread here. 

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And following me down the path. 

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Coots, Mallards and Canada Geese further up the pond.

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More of them arriving.

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One of the small ponds seems quiet. 

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Canada Geese come strolling across the grass. 

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Joined by more birds. 

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Last visit in the spring this pond has horrible water, but cooler now and water seems clear, but quiet. 

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Until the swan family arrive from around the corner.  

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Two adult swans and six cygents, plus two 100 yards away on the other pond, total eight cygnets. 

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Now on the bridge over the pond, swan family following me. 

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The other two cygnets on the main pond again.  Not sure why the family is separated. 

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View from Mill Lane down the main pond.

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One of the cygnets on a floating platform. 


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