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 – 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 [...]

2006, 2017

Natural history notes – 17th November 2016

Dave Dawson's natural history notes for 17th November 2016:- This morning at 07:55, some 30 Greylag Geese flew off from the lake to the grassland of the public park to join the 65 birds there [...]

2006, 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 [...]