Cranham Brickfields is a real gem, containing an outstanding array of different wildlife habitats within a postage stamp sized nature reserve.
The site is designated by the Greater London Authority as a Grade I Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation. There's a good sized pond here, wildflower meadows, scrub, look out for briar rose, and woodland. Spring and summer are a great time to visit when the meadows are in flower and the scrub creates song posts for a great variety of migrant birds.
The site has had a number of past uses. Not only has it been used for excavating clay to make bricks but it has been a football pitch, it was cultivated for food during the main war effort, and at one time there was a boating lake here! The site is good for all kinds of recreation including sports or walking the dog. It is a peaceful oasis on the edge of Cranham. The site also has the potential for school visits for wildlife studies.
- Special plants and animals
- Dyer's greenweed, pepper saxifrage, slow worm, common lizard, stag beetle, butterflies and great crested newt. The site is 8.5 hectares.
- The site is not wheelchair accessible. There is open access over the entire site. You can find more information about the site, including a map on The Brickfield Birder website.
- There is a small car park in the north west corner of the site.
- Other information
- There is a public right of way running through the site from Sunnycroft Gardens to St. Mary's Lane.