Wading upstream picking up plastic and rubbish (old tiles mainly) off the river bed.
Marsh Thistles by Maxim Rd.
Chinese Mitten Crab by the gated bridge off Maxim Rd. A Large Red Damselfly was seen. Also 4 male Banded Demoiselles flitting about like butterflies - I got my face to within 5 inches of one as it sat on a leaf. Spotted a Peacock Butterfly on the bank.
I later explored Crayford Rough for the first time (between this industrial area and Hall Place)
The attractive grassy scrubland of Crayford Rough
Highlights here were:
1 x male Orange Tip Butterfly
2 x Common Blue Butterfly
1 x Green Hairstreak Butterfly (my first record of it in Bexley Borough)
1 x Green-veined White Butterfly
2 Whitethroats foraging
Several Apple type saplings