Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019: 7.00pm

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly survey Wednesday 17th July 2019:  7.00pm

Meet by the Rookery Cafe at 7.00pm to join the hunt for this elusive butterfly, which lives around oak trees.

This survey is held in conjunction with London Wildlife Trust’s Great North Wood Project.

Scientific name: Favonius quercus

Underwings grey with white streak and small tails, upper wings brown. Males have a purple sheen, females have a purple mark on forewing.

This handsome butterfly is widely distributed throughout southern areas wherever there are oak trees; even a solitary tree may support a colony. It is frequently overlooked as adults remain largely in the canopy where the main adult food source is honeydew; they fly more commonly in the evening of a warm summer’s day. They are only driven down to seek fluid and nectar during prolonged drought, as occurred in 1995-6.

There has been a recent increase in records and an extension of the range of this butterfly especially in the English Midlands and south-west Scotland, even in urban areas (including London) which may be related to improvements in atmospheric quality. White-letter Hairstreak is similar but has W-shaped streak.
Size and Family

Family: Hairstreaks
Size: Small
Wing Span Range (male to female): 37-39mm

Conservation Status
Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
Fully Protected under the 1985 Northern Ireland Wildlife Order
European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

The Purple Hairstreak is restricted to Oak trees including both the native species, Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) and Pedunculate Oak (Q. robur), and the introduced Turkey Oak (Q. cerris). Evergreen Oak (Q.ilex) also may be used.

Habitat : Difficult to spot as it flies around the tops of Oak trees in woods, hedgerows and parks, including in urban areas.

Countries: England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland
Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland and Ireland
Distribution Trend Since 1970’s in Britain: -15%

Information from https://butterfly-conservation.org/50-839/purple-hairstreak.html



No BBQ’s on Streatham Common: Reason’s why.

No BBQ’s on Streatham Common: Reason’s why.

Summer is a great time for escaping  out in to your local green space and firing up a BBQ. There is always something special about the smell and taste of food cooked on an open fire, and a sense of freedom if you don’t have a garden to host your own. However, Lambeth Council do not allow BBQs in any of their green spaces. Far from being killjoys, there are good reason’s for why.

The single use BBQ you can buy in your local supermarket is one of the most destructive things you can bring to a green space.

You may think you are leaving just a little bit of  burnt grass in a huge field. But multiply that space fiftyfold, you have a patchwork of depressing black patches. The grass doesn’t grow back in full for at least 6 months.

But aside from leaving unsightly dead patches, they also burn delicate flora that is buried between the grass. Small but important plants help support a diverse population of insects, butterflies and birds. Once burnt away these plants struggle to regrow under the ever expanding grass. So our butterfly, bee and insect population have one less place to forage, one less place to pollinate. They are all part of our food chain.

And after the BBQ’s are finished with – they are rarely discarded in a responsible manner. Left for dogs and children to discover –  the tin trays are sharp, and the charcoal gets scattered, making a space unusable to sit upon. The fire risk is real. The fire brigade have been called on a number of occasions. So what might seem like an enjoyable day out with a group of friends, enjoying freshly cooked food and drinks, leaves a trail of destruction on our environment. 

And single use BBQ’s are just that – Single use. Another throwaway item for the landfill, at a time when we are all becoming aware of our first world rubbish is having on the rest of the world.

Even BBQ’s on legs are not acceptable because who would ever think to bring their burnt offerings home? So we have to be very clear. BBQ and fires cannot occur on the Common. 

As BBQ’s come under Lambeth Bylaws [fires], there is a fine:  £500.

The noise nuisance, pollution & anti-social dept of Lambeth Council will respond to calls.
020 7926 5999 – office hours.
020 7926 1000 – after 5pm & weekends.
999 for any fire.

As we are all becoming more aware of our environment and our impact on it, it is worth knowing that 90% of charcoal is imported into this country. And it is coming from countries where the impact of deforestation is causing problems to those local populations and climate change. So if there is one thing you feel you can do for your planet – don’t bring your BBQ to your local greenspace.

Our parks are dealing with horrendous cuts, and it is a constant battle to keep our parks usable, clean and safe. Only 4 London Councils do allow BBQs. They have designated spaces, some you have to book a slot. But this means having good management and administration which needs a budget – and there lies the problem.

Please be respectful of our request not to hold BBQs anywhere on the common. A large part of Streatham Common is a designated nature reserve and needs our protection.



CANCELLED: Birds of Prey Flying Display: Saturday 29th June 2019

CANCELLED: Birds of Prey Flying Display: Saturday 29th June 2019

To celebrate these wonderful birds in the meantime, read all about them on the RSPB website

Our yearly display showing the majesty of the Kings & Queens of the Skies. Great fun for kids and adults.

Owls, falcons, hawks etc. on show
between 1.00pm and 5.00pm.

Displays of flying at approximately 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

On the Common, near the path from opposite
Copley Park to opposite Valley Road SW16

A FREE event but donations very welcome on the day.

AGM: Wednesday 5th June 2019 @ 7.30pm

AGM: Wednesday 5th June 2019 @ 7.30pm

Friends of Streatham Common Annual General Meeting
Venue : The Rookery Cafe
Date : WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE 2019
Venue: The Rookery Cafe
Time : 7:30pm

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Members only – but very easy to become a member for the price of a couple of cappuccinos here online – fast & simple

A wonderful opportunity to hear local Historian John Brown talk about Bygone Streatham as well as to meet fellow members and hear about all the work being done by the members to support the Friends aims for the Common. If you haven’t been before – please come along – the more the merrier. A chance to sit back and listen or, if you want, to become more involved. We always welcome those with ideas and the drive to make the Common better still for users and the wider community.
● Introduction
● The past year on our common
● Elections of officers and reportsTalk :TBC
● Talk by local historian John Brown on Bygone Streatham*Presentation by Maurice Nelson on Streatham United Football Club
● The plans for the coming year
● Q&A


Make an evening of it – Refreshments available from the bar.

Open to members of the FoSC. But its never too late to join. We’d be happy for you to attend. Membership is just £6.00!
Join the friends at http://streathamcommon.org


[Please be aware – being part of the FoSC facebook page does not automatically give you membership].

Kisstory license application hearing: Tuesday 21st May 2019 @19:00

Kisstory license application hearing: Tuesday 21st May 2019 @19:00

Kisstory are back in July with a 2 day event on Streatham Common on the 27th & 28th July 2019.

A single extended license application to cover 3 years July 2019-2022 has been made on behalf of Kisstory by the organisers We Are The Fair Ltd. This is to be heard at the

Licensing Sub-Committee

Tuesday, 21/05 7pm Brixton Town Hall.

Anyone is welcome to attend to hear the meeting [other planning applications are also on the agenda], but to make any kind of Oral representation you MUST inform Thomas Dunn either by phoning the licensing planning office or emailing him at  tdunn@lambeth.gov.uk by 14th May. If you do not, you will not be allowed to speak on the evening. All support is welcome.


The organisers of Kisstory, We Are The Fair Ltd had attended a committee meeting with Friends of Streatham Common and spoke on future plans in February. FoSC had an opportunity to directly feedback on issues surrounding previous issues. It was a useful meeting, we very much appreciate them reaching out and whilst we do not have a problem with the organisation themselves who have listened to our concerns, it is problems with the councils overall responsibility to the common which have been identified. FoSC objections include:

  • Damage to the Common is never adequately repaired.
  • Noise levels are unacceptable with houses only 100m from the stage yet noise levels are monitored over 400m away.
  • No transparency on the deal between the council and the events company – the initial agreement was to put 1/3 of the profit back into the Common but this agreement has now disappeared.
  • Parking & traffic is severely disrupted from the start of set up to final take down.
  • Rubbish in the surrounding streets is never cleared.
  • Drugs are openly sold in the surrounding streets.
  • Urination (or worse) in the surrounding streets.
  • The event is not run for the benefit of local people or for the Common but instead run entirely for the profit of the council and at the expense of the Common.