Chiffchaff or willow warbler?

DKG has sent in beautiful pictures of a tiny green-brown warbler; does anybody know if it is a chaffchaff or a willow warbler? Neither is a rarity and both are known to nest in the park but we really have trouble telling them apart.

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Just for luck.

A picture from seven year old Amelia Newblé of the four-leafed clover she found in the park. Thank you Amelia.

Weekend littering

By Sunday morning, after people had anticipated the easing of lockdown and celebrated it with picnics and Saturday night parties in the copses, the park was strewn with rubbish. Ian and Pat, on their regular Sunday morning stroll, picked up dozens of empty drinks cans and enough general trash to fill a big black bin bag.

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Our fields are beautiful at the moment: full of yellow buttercups.

Another new species

On Sunday, Julie Newblé sent us pictures of caterpillars in a tent-web she found strung between blackthorn twigs in the hedge at the top of the Arboretum.

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Common swallow

Common swallows (Hirundo rustica), returned from their long migrations, come hawking over our fields and ponds in search of insects at this time of year.

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A gallery of pictures from DKG.

Our brilliant resident photographer is back. Here is a gallery of pictures he took this week down among the park’s lush greenery.

Header picture: Buttercups in the Race and Sheep Field, by DKG.

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