London Wildlife Trust
A woodland with some grassland fields; a valuable site for butterflies.
It is composed of a mix of oak and birch woodland. There are also acid and semi-improved grassland fields.
The woods and the pond provide a pocket nature reserve between the edge of Wimbledon Common and the Beverley Brook. Water-loving plants, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, frogs and newts are all abundant in the spring and summer months.
Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood are managed under an agreement with land owners Merton Council.
Species you can see at Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
Amphibians: Common frog
Birds: Great spotted woodpecker
Reptiles: Common lizard
History of Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
The wood was once part of the Abbey of Merton before the monastery was closed in the 16th century. The pond was probably built to store water for a textile mill at nearby Mill Corner. In more recent times the land became wooded, and was part of the adjacent farm until shortly after the Second World War, when the council became the landowner. Historically the pond was a source of water for a nearby textile mill.
Facilities at Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
There are no facilities at the reserve.
How to get to Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
Several footpaths lead into the reserve; from Wimbledon Common to the north, from across a footbridge over Beverley Brook to the west, from Warren Farm to the east, and from Barham Road to the south.
Opening times for Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
There is no restricted access, the reserve is always open.
Accessibility at Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
There is a wooden boardwalk around much of the reserve, although there can be slight inclines. Footpaths frequently get muddy. Interpretation boards are located at several points.
Status of Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood
Local Nature Reserve, Site of Metropolitan Importance, Metropolitan Open Land