Dave Dawson’s nature blog

/Dave Dawson’s nature blog
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FOWP’s resident ecologist Dr Dave Dawson has been studying Wimbledon Park’s birds, wildlife and plants for more than 30 years. His blog charts seasonal changes in the park and notes interesting sightings.

408, 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 [...]

2006, 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 [...]

2006, 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 [...]

2006, 2017

Natural history notes – 15th May 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 15th May 2017:- With bird breeding in full swing there was little song, but some early breeding species were singing between breeding attempts: Robin, Great Tit, House Sparrow and [...]

2006, 2017

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 [...]

2006, 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. [...]