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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|

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|

Join us for more tree planting in Horse Close Wood

Join us for a family-friendly tree planting event on 24 and 25 February 2018, 10am to 1pm. We will be planting 600 more trees in Horse Close Wood to protect veteran Oak trees on the southern edge of the wood.  See Flyer tree planting Feb 18-1 for further details. Hope to see you there!

2018-02-20T22:51:16+01:00February 20th, 2018|

Natural history notes – 12th April 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 12th April 2017:- A few of the Mute Swans are defending territory, an uphill struggle as they are greatly outnumbered by the 35 odd sub-adult birds. Less song was heard as many birds were busy with nesting. The Wild Cherries in Horse Close Wood were in flower. Hawthorns had [...]

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

Natural history notes – 25th March 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 25th March 2017:- Many resident bird species were in song: Blackbird, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Wren and Stock Dove. Stock Doves have increased greatly in the park since their return as a breeding species in 2004. They are rather [...]

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

Natural history notes – 9th September 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 9th September 2016:- Waterbirds gave much the same story as the previous two months, geese, swan and coot numbers remain high, with 100 Canada, 30 Greylag and 26 Egyptian Geese, 35 Mute Swans and 80 Coots. The latter two species have now been seen in greater numbers than usual [...]

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

Natural history notes – 22nd August 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 22nd August 2016:- Canada Geese, at 110 birds, were seen in high numbers for August, again suggesting no effect of the various attempted control methods. The other two species of goose also continue to be found in high numbers; many Greylags move out by August, so the 30 birds [...]

2017-06-20T15:58:28+01:00June 20th, 2017|

Natural history notes – 25th June 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 25th June 2016:- I delayed my count so that it fell within the time window for co-ordinated goose counts across the Wandle Valley as part of the background for understanding their numbers. The Canada Goose is flightless for two to three weeks at this time of year, when it’s [...]

2016-06-27T23:41:23+01:00June 27th, 2016|