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.

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. [...]

2006, 2017

Natural history notes – 8th March 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 8th March 2017:- Catkins falling from the alders in the kids play area. Unusually, 12 Mute swans on the golf course grass near the club house. They don’t usually [...]

2006, 2017

Natural history notes – 15th February 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 15th February 2017:- Many resident birds were in full song: Blue and Great tits, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Robins, Song thrushes, Stock doves, Woodpigeons and Wrens. The 35 Robins [...]

2006, 2017

Natural history notes – 27th January 2017

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 27th January 2017:- Much of the lake was covered in thin ice, but it could be that more significant freezing elsewhere brought in the 21 Shovellers seen on the [...]

2006, 2017

National history notes – 28th December 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 28th December 2016:- Little of note this time. White dead nettle in flower in the hedgerow beside the tube line. There were still over 30 Mute swans. Coot numbers [...]