All our willow warblers will have left by now; they are on their way to sub-Saharan Africa where they will spend their winter. Theirs is the longest journey undertaken by any of the park’s migratory birds. Why do such tiny birds fly so far and take such risks to do it?Continue reading “Willow warbler migration”
Long-tailed tits, Aegithalos caudatus, form small, excitable flocks at this time of year of up to twenty individuals.Continue reading “Long tailed tit”
Thought you’d like these photos of a juvenile squirrel discovered in the park yesterday. I think it was probably ground feeding as there were no signs of injury and he scampered up the nearest tree after a brief look around! Lovely little chap 😊
Pictures by Simon Handley
If you regularly walk near the Lambrok or any of its tributary streams, keep a lookout for water voles. They are an important protected species and any planned development along the stream will need to take their presence into account.Continue reading “Water voles”
More about WHSAP’s Further Main Modifications
On page 20 of the Schedule of Further Main Modifications (which you can find on the WHSAP Examination page, under Consultation Documents), FMM 25 proposes that at the Church Lane site, H2.4:
[t]he Lambrok Stream should be enhanced as a local amenity feature of the site in conjunction with development proposed at Southwick Court and Upper StudleyContinue reading “Local Amenity Feature”
Hawthorn is an important winter food source for birds; they’re the favourite berry of blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares and are enjoyed by many other of the park’s species, including chaffinches, starlings and greenfinches.
Haws are edible though they are said to taste like overripe apples. Traditionally they were used to make jellies, wines and ketchup. They are such a prolific crop, so pretty and nearly always within reach; sometimes it seems a shame that we don’t make better use of them.
Let’s leave them to the birds: an autumnal bonanza.
Another autumnal bonanza:
At last! Wiltshire Council has added the requirement that the WHSAP sites bordering Lambrok Stream at Church Lane (H2.4), Upper Studley (H2.5) and Southwick Court (H2.6), should be treated as a single ecological unit.Continue reading “Planning for our water voles”
A message via Fb from Matthew Scott
“If anyone has lost their baby’s dummy down the park today, I apologise. My big baby Mollie found it and sucked it nearly the whole way around.”
by Frank Lamerton
THE FRIENDS OF SOUTHWICK COUNTRY PARK met up for our normal last Tuesday of the month day on the 27th August. Richard from the council was in charge of our band of volunteers.Continue reading “Cutting back for parkrun”
The FoSCP met up on Wednesday in the car park at 09:30 for the day’s tasks with Countryside Officer Alison. A dry start made a change and thankfully this was how it remained for the morning, although a shower or two had been forecast.Continue reading “Another Wednesday Workparty”
Our thanks to the kind lady who brought aluminium cans for us on Wednesday.help Sarah and Alan collect aluminium cans
Usually we would welcome predators into the park; they are a sign of a healthy ecology. We have resident stoats and weasels, foxes and badgers and are happy to know that the park can support them. Domestic cats, like this one that DKG photographed early in the morning in the woods in Village Green, are very different.Continue reading “Cats”
Nursery web spider
A nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) photographed in the park by DKG on a dewy Sunday morning.Continue reading
by Sarah Marsh
Always looking for new ways to raise funds, the Friends have found that some of the litter collected around the Park can be turned into cash.Continue reading “CASH FOR TRASH”