What to look for in the park this month
“Fair on September 1st, fair for the month.”
“September dries up wells, or breaks down bridges”.
I wonder what the weather has in store for us this month! Whatever the weather the park hedges and trees will be full of seeds and berries; a guaranteed feast for the birds!
Now is the time to see the “glamour act” of the bird world, the Goldfinch. This pretty little bird loves to feast on thistle seeds; a group of them has the very apt name of a “charm” of goldfinch! Most of our feathered friends will still be around in family groups. Most easily identified is the Wood pigeon; they’ll stay together as mum, dad and a couple of kids for a while yet!
Most of our wildflowers have finished flowering; look out for their seed heads as you walk around the park this month. If you’re taking your walk around the park at dusk, look out for our resident bats. They’re mating this month so the males in particular will be high profile! One of their favourite hunting places is in Grey’s field, alongside the hedge bordering Charlton Athletic and our park rugby field. Moths are attracted to the floodlights and the bats will be in position to ambush them. The larger Noctule bats can be seen swooping down on their prey but the smaller Pippistrelles will get their share too!
On the sale of the mansion front, our council tree protection officer has been to inspect the Winter Garden’s specimen trees. The Palms, Norfolk Island Pines and the Kumquat now have tree preservation orders; so thankfully will still be around for the foreseeable future. Let’s hope we can all enjoy our magnificent Winter Gardens for many years to come!
The university’s “preferred buyer” will move onto the mansion site this month; initially to occupy the Stud Stable site by the university car-park and the tower block at the east end of mansion site. Will things move on apace? Only time will tell!
All parks have a great history, created as public open, green spaces by visionary men and women for the people to enjoy.