Over the years the Friends of Southwick Country Park have planted many holly whips in the hedges around the park’s fields.Continue reading “Holly”
A lot of people are buying artificial Christmas trees in the belief that it benefits the environment, but environmentalists and energy analysts would beg to disagree. We need only look at a single element of the hundreds of thousands of artificial trees that will be put up and decorated this Christmas: they are all made of plastic.Continue reading “Real or fake?”
Five things you may not have known about ivy.Continue reading “Ivy”
Many of the evergreen plants in the park have traditionally been used in the celebration of winter festivals.Continue reading “Winter festivals”
The Friends of Southwick Country Park will be running a stall at Hope Nature Centre’s Christmas Market today from 11am to 3pm.
Come and visit us; discover more about the park and the people who look after it.
The park’s jackdaws are clever and successful opportunists, ready to step into almost any ecological niche.Continue reading “Successful generalists”
Tuesday’s work party was devoted to veteran oak tree 5549. We halo our old oaks; this means that we clear away the under-storey that competes for their light and nutrition and build barriers around them to reduce footfall over their roots. Hard work!
We have received reports of water voles in the Lambrok by the footbridge into Lambrok Close. This is very, very good news.
Here is a video to help you tell water voles from brown rats; please keep us informed of any more sightings.
Reeves’s muntjac was introduced from China into Britain at Woburn Abbey in 1894. Escapes and releases saw it established in the wild by the 1930s and their population is now estimated at 40,000 individuals. They have been sighted in the park on several occasions.Continue reading “Muntjac”
Vulpes vulpes, Britain’s only species of fox; in fact Britain’s only native member of the Canidae family.Continue reading
. . . . also known, for obvious reasons, as dog vomit slime mould; found in the long grass in Brunts Field.
Scientist are beginning to understand that light pollution is a very significant factor in the recent rapid decline of insect populations.Continue reading “Light pollution”
Email from Brian and Chris of Southwick, who are moving house.Continue reading “Thank you Brian and Chris”