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Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood

A woodland with some grassland fields; a valuable site for butterflies.

This picturesque reserve is an area of woodland developing on old fish ponds, adjacent to open grassland on the western edge of Wimbledon Common.

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

Invertebrates: Speckled wood butterfly, large skipper butterflysouthern hawker dragonfly

Mammals: Badger, common pipistrelle bat, soprano pipistrelle bat

Plants: Bluebell, climbing corydalis, foxglove

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.


Beverley Meads and Fishponds Wood

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


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Reserve information

54 Barham Rd
Greater London
SW20 0EP
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Open at all times.
5.70 hectares
Parking is available in surrounding streets.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Tom Hayward
Tel: 020 7261 0447