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Nature Trail Dig In On Friday
Nature Trail Dig In On Friday
There will be a dig-in this coming Friday. The weather forecast does not look too bad and we will be tackling the area outside the hide which we planted up about a year ago and now needs some tidying up.
Kicking off at 9.30 and leave when ever you need to. Collect parking permits from the office if needed. I will bring milk and biscuits.
Greenwich Park Birdwalk Sunday 28 January 2018
First birdwalk of the year on a chilly but refreshing morning and a small group of 4 of us, all with some knowledge.
The birds seemed to be fairly active and we started off on the preferred route around the pond area in the hope of seeing a good mix of birds to start with. The usual mix of a large number of Carrion Crows, plenty of Parakeets being noisy and boisterous, a small number of Jackdaws, along with a good number of feral Pigeons and Wood Pigeons were all seen on our entrance to the pond area. A Jay flew over the pond onto a nearby bush. We spotted a Mallard sitting in a tree and saw several others flying over. 2 Moorhens were happily nibbling on the grass. Blue Tits and Great Tits were flitting about amongst the bushes and shrubbery - a couple of Great Tits being very brave took advantage of some mealworms being offered on outstretched hands. A Song Thrush could be heard very clearly in the nearby shrubbery although not visible. Robins were seen and heard at various points around the pond and in the woodland area, as were Blackbirds.
On the pond: there were a lot of male and female Mallards and Rosybill Pochards, common Pochards and Moorhens were all seen along with feral Pigeons at the observation/feeding end of the pond.
We stopped by the smaller end of the Deer enclosure where 3 Mallards (2 male and 1 female) were using the wildlife pond in the enclosure. In the distance the Red deer Stag could be seen. We heard the distant drumming of a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Magpies, Carrion Crows and Parakeets were all flying about and making their presence known.
We made our way around to the bigger more open end of the deer enclosure and were treated to a very close view of 2 Nuthatches on the fence feeder. We clearly heard the “laugh” of the Green Woodpecker although it wasn’t seen. A couple of Stock Doves were on top of one of the nearby trees in the enclosure. The Wood Pigeons and Magpies and Parakeets were flying around. An Egyptian Goose calmly wandered into view on the open grass in the middle of the enclosure. An enormous bumble bee was bumbling around having been roused by the early spring-like morning.
On the walk through the woodland to the flower garden, feral Pigeons and Wood Pigeons were shuffling around on the ground, joined by squirrels.
The other birdwatchers had to leave at this point, so I continued through the flower garden spotting a couple of male Blackbirds having a scrap on the grass while a female Blackbird remained away from the commotion amongst the flower border. Robins, feral Pigeons, Great Tits and Blue Tits were all seen on the walk through and I spotted a Wren briefly in the shrubs.
ThIn the last part of the walk alongside Rangers House and through the rose garden many Robins, Blackbirds, Great Tits could be heard and sometimes seen amongst the shrubs and trees.
(22 species seen/heard): Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Parakeet, Mallard, Rosybill Pochard, common Pochard, Moorhen, Egyptian Goose, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Stock Dove, Nuthatch, Songthrush,.
e walk through to the observatory garden was quiet apart from the odd Wood Pigeon.
Greenwich Park Revealed
Greenwich Park is a giant step closer to receiving a multi-million pound investment for Greenwich Park Revealed, a project to uncover its hidden historical gems and enhance its stunning natural environment for generations to come, reveals The Royal Parks charity today.
The Royal Parks has applied for a grant of £4.8M through the Parks for People scheme, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
The charity has successfully been awarded development funding to work up proposals over the next eighteen months, and then invited to submit a Phase 2 application to secure the full £4.8M grant.
Greenwich Park Revealed will enable The Royal Parks charity, which manages the 183-acre park, to conserve and improve the World Heritage Site and Grade 1 Listed landscape for the 4.8 million people who visit every year.
Loyd Grossman CBE, Chairman of The Royal Parks Board, said: “Greenwich Park is London’s oldest enclosed Royal Park and this award will help restore and conserve the Grade 1 listed landscape as well as provide outstanding new visitor facilities. I am grateful to all of our partners who have supported us in putting together this visionary project and I look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver this transformation.”
Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “This is not only marvellous news for the many people from around London, the UK and the rest of the world who visit the park, but also for residents of the Royal Borough of Greenwich for whom Greenwich Park is a much loved local jewel.”
The investment will conserve and enhance the natural environment, uncover historical gems within the 590-year-old park and develop community projects for a growing and diverse local audience.
The plans include proposals which aim to:
Revive historical features from Andre Le Notre’s original 17th century baroque design for the park. Among the ideas are restoring the park’s ancient tree avenues which have been affected by disease and are at risk of disappearing within a few decades if no action is taken.
Reinstate the Edwardian landscape at the Flower Garden and Wilderness Park to its original glory including improving water quality in the lake, providing better views of the deer and providing refuges for nesting birds. These areas are especially popular with local residents and families with young children.
More opportunities for the local community to get involved with the park, including through events and education programmes for local schools, volunteer and apprenticeship placements, and work experience opportunities for students studying tourism, leisure and event management.
Improve visitor facilities including story boards bringing to life the historical and natural story of the park, improved refreshment facilities, toilets, viewing points and better access across the park for those with disabilities, helping all visitors enjoy one of London’s finest green spaces.
Graham Dear, Greenwich Park Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be a step closer to securing this crucial investment.
“Our top priority is to make sure Greenwich continues to be the local community park for nearby residents and families, but we also want our millions of visitors to have a fantastic experience.
“Some of the natural and historical features in this unique park are tucked away or hidden. And we want to bring them out of the shadows. This grant will allow us to provide a park that millions of visitors can enjoy now – and for the next 100 years.
“Our next task is to build on the proposals we’ve submitted, and we look forward to a successful final result in the months to come.”