Our aim is to support and encourage restoration of the historic features of the gardens
Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:Monday, 12 February 2018This morning our pair of Egyptian Geese appeared on the main island in the lake with a brood of some 10 babies.They look only a few days old.We also saw a Coot. That is very encouraging as it is the first one we have seen since the algae problems last summer.Egystian Geese with 12 goslings 15th February 2018, photo:Ingrid Payne
Monday, 22nd January 2018, 10:45 to 12:30
A brief spell of sunshine had cheered the birds up and many were singing as we set off. There are early signs of spring. Snowdrops are out and catkins have appeared. A pair of Magpies were repairing their domed nest in the tree by the path down through the meadow. At first we could only see one Egyptian Goose and we wondered if the other one might be sitting on a nest somewhere. They breed early and nest in trees. It would be good to find it. Later we saw the two together so they are both here. There were fewer Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls on the lake. Two Buzzards were circling to the north. We saw four species of tit during the visit. There were several Goldcrests busy in the yew trees. We had a brief glimpse of a red crest but could not be sure that it was a Firecrest. Some Redwings are still present - and we have had them in our garden too.A full list of the birds seen is given in the table.Treecreeper, photo:Tom Howard-Jones , 23rd January 2018
Thursday 4th January 2018, 11:30 to 13:30
I managed to find a brighter spell in an otherwise grey, chilly and blustery day. There were several Robins singing in their territories around the park. More Grey Squirrels than usual were chasing about on the ground and in the trees. A Goldcrest was flitting in one of the large yew trees with some Blue Tits and a Song Thrush. There are still Redwings. But you have to wait for a lull in the dog walker traffic to see them. Some of the Canada Geese are pairing up and one hardy couple were even mating. A Cormorant flew in a stayed for a short while. In Grattons Park there were two Mistle Thrushes again as well as several more Redwings and Greenfinches. A full list of the birds seen is given in the table.