Dave Dawson’s nature blog

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Natural history notes – 19th April 2018

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 19th April 2018:- Just one Black-headed gull left, so they have departed for their breeding areas. The importance of Ashen Grove Wood is shown by birds singing there and doubtless breeding: Blackcap, Blackbird, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great tit, Mistle thrush, Robin, Song thrush, Wood pigeon, Wren and Stock [...]

2018-05-21T23:40:50+01:00May 21st, 2018|

The Night Shift at Wimbledon Park

Read our very own batman's fascinating article on Wimbledon Park's bat population first featured in the Wimbledon Society's March 2018 newsletter Dawson, D. 2018 The night shift

2018-05-21T23:40:12+01:00April 2nd, 2018|

Natural history notes – 21st March 2018

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 21st March 2018:- Black-headed gulls have assumed their breeding plumage, with dark heads and are disputing amongst themselves in preparation for departure for the breeding grounds. The Common gulls seem to have gone already. Canada geese are departing to breed elsewhere. A patrol man with a border collie dog [...]

2018-05-21T23:39:46+01:00March 26th, 2018|

Natural history notes – 21st January 2018

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 21st January 2018:- The geese were out in the grass of the public park in the early morning but, as usual, with the arrival of dog walkers they made their way onto the lake at around 09:00. Hazel catkins were out. This is the best time of the year [...]

2018-05-21T23:39:04+01:00March 26th, 2018|

Natural history notes – 27th October 2017

 Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 27th October 2017:- The geese were mainly on the Golf Course this morning, making it more difficult to achieve a full count. It’s not clear why they have shifted their early morning location away from the public park. There’s a large Caper Spurge just inside the Stadium fence right [...]

2017-11-04T20:22:12+01:00November 4th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 24th August 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 24th August 2017:- Most of the geese were out on the grass of the public park until the first dog walkers sent them off to the lake at around 08:40.

2017-11-04T20:16:21+01:00November 4th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 20th July 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 20th July 2017:- The Canada Goose moulting flock of 110 birds maintains the high numbers of recent years. There was a record July count of 85 Coots. The second highest was 80 in July 2014 in the lead up to the massive growth of Hornwort. Perhaps we’re heading for [...]

2017-08-04T22:37:22+01:00August 4th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 16th June 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 16th June 2017:- The 90 Canada Geese and 90 Greylags were leaving the grasslands for the lake in the early morning. The Canada Goose number reflects both the slow increase in numbers over the last 30 years and the seasonal pattern: in June they move back from scattered breeding [...]

2018-08-07T17:22:51+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 29th May 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 29th May 2017:- Still no sign of any elvers in the brook. After a period of very low flow, the recent rain has the brook flowing well. Flowering there are Hemlock Water-dropwort, Watercress and Yellow-flag Iris. This year there is a co-ordinated study of goose breeding in the Wandle [...]

2017-06-20T16:29:57+01:00June 20th, 2017|