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messageRats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Annette Curtain 10 April, 2012 20:26

Eeeeeekk...

We went for a walk in Sydenham Woods yesterday and it was lovely, as it often is this time of the year

There were the customary "Hello & how are you" and "Lovely day" exchanges. All very civilised it was.

However, we then met a man who asked my boys "Have you seen any Rats yet"

"RATS...where ?" Their faces all lit up

After a brief exchange we set off, eyes peeled. And blimey, there's a fair few up there. In the space of 40 minutes we saw half a dozen or so. Apparently the Fox population, which was previously quite high, has fallen and with it the Rats have grown in numbers

We mainly saw them around the high path, near the Dulwich Wood Crescent gate.

It was all a bit creepy (but my boys loved it)

Any other "wildlife" sightings up there ?http://www.opirgbrock.org/files/images/rat%20drawing.jpg


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messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by sophiesofa 10 April, 2012 20:35

I saw the rats the other day - competely freaked me out. I'm not going back in unless I'm wearing wellies as I have a weird fear of them climbing up my trousers!

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by titch juicy 10 April, 2012 21:04

seen rats in peckham rye park and dulwich park........london is crawling with them, always has been

i quite like the little blighters

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by ratty 10 April, 2012 22:14

There's tons in sainsburys park too

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I don't live here anymore!

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Razors 10 April, 2012 22:30

Probably the endangered brown/black water vole trying to make a comeback. They should be fed and encouraged.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Annette Curtain 10 April, 2012 23:16

Nope, sadly not

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the endangered brown/black water vole

I grew up shooting rats-a-plenty as a kid (we had ducks & chickens)

And they are definitely Rattus Norvegicus in Sydenham Woods

Eeeekkk..


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messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by sophiesofa 10 April, 2012 23:19

ratty Wrote:
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> There's tons in sainsburys park too

Is that still going on? If so i'll email Sainsburys, they seemed quite helpful last year or whenever it was that there were lots of sightings.

I have no idea why I seem to find it sort of acceptable for rats to be in Peckham Rye and Dulwich Park but not the Sainsburys mini park thing!

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Gidget 11 April, 2012 01:06

Maybe because there is water in Peckham Rye and Dulwich Parks it seems more acceptable and natural. I have seen a few swimming in the streams.

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Posted by uplandsneighbour 11 April, 2012 14:20

sophiesofa, leave the rats alone - tie some string around your trousers if you've got a problem with them and stop being such a human bully

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by The Minkey 11 April, 2012 14:32

Seen a rat once around here - last summer - never seen one again. I figured the foxes were doing a good job.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by El Pibe 11 April, 2012 16:59

I seem to recall one of the old posters had an anecdote about seeing a ninja in those woods once!

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Moos 11 April, 2012 22:19

El Pibe, are you channelling TMNT? The old rat ninja teacher?

I love Sydenham Woods, happy to share them with a rat or two (thousand).

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by 13 April, 2012 10:50

Rats? Pah. it's wolves with crossbows you wanna be worried about

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messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Annette Curtain 13 April, 2012 11:43

StraferJack Wrote:
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> every word of it true

Ooooo even spookier SJ

Read the last post on your link

Any name seem familiar?

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messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by StraferJack 13 April, 2012 12:14

Ooooh I say. Good spot ms curtain

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Annette Curtain 13 April, 2012 14:09

StraferJack Wrote:
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> Ooooh I say. Good spot ms curtain


*bows modestly*

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Salsaboy 13 April, 2012 20:47

Not sure about rats but I have seen a fair few mooses in Sydenham. Mainly on a Friday night round about chucking out time.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by mikeb 11 December, 2013 11:04

Nice to see all the old familiar names posting on that link. I can never keep track of who renamed themselves and carried on and who disappeared for good. Is Keef still posting?

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by edcam 11 December, 2013 11:35

Rats



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messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Mick Mac 11 December, 2013 17:45

mikeb Wrote:
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> Nice to see all the old familiar names posting on
> that link. I can never keep track of who renamed
> themselves and carried on and who disappeared for
> good. Is Keef still posting?


He's not I'm afraid. He didn't know about it, but your username expires when you get to 10,000 posts and he is no more I'm afraid. Never liked him anyway.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Mick Mac 11 December, 2013 18:49

;)

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by Bic Basher 12 December, 2013 11:40

I haven't seen the rats in Sainsburys park for a while now, it did get to the point last year I'd see them running through the bushes while walking up the footpath every time I'd visit.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by mikeb 12 December, 2013 20:10

@mMicMac - thanks, as you can see though I am a longtime resident of edf, I am some way off the 10,000 posts. I hope you make good use of your remaining 1,004 posts before you too disappear into the firmament.

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by stacker285 13 December, 2013 17:52

I saw the ninja too smiling smiley

messageRe: Rats in Sydenham Woods
Posted by The Minkey 13 December, 2013 19:00

My OH swore he saw a dormouse on a collapsed wisteria in someone's front garden up round that way. Having seen and held one myself, his description did fit and he knows what a rat looks like so although I was initially disbelieving, I concluded that chances were it was a dormouse.


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