What a difference a day makes!

After sending yesterday’s pictures of the wetland scrapes in Lambrok Meadow, our in-house photographer Simon Knight went back to the reserve to find all its water features, scrapes, ponds, ditches and streams, full to overflowing. Go carefully out there.

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Pictures from Simon Knight of the new wetland pond in Lambrok Meadow and the two new backwater scrapes. They are slowly filling in this rain. As the weather warms, keep an eye out for the pioneer plants that will move in and provide cover for the our wetland creatures.

The fifth day

The 29th is the fifth day of Christmas – when we are supposed to receive five gold rings from our true loves. But few of the Friends have any use for gold rings so here, instead, is a fivefold gallery of the reserve’s goldfinches.

All pictures taken in the reserve.

Christmas robins

A Christmas Eve gallery of the reserve’s robins, photographed by DKG.


Some of our residents are really quite hard to see. Here are some of the late DKG’s pictures of the well-camouflaged.

Header picture: public domain.

Some of our resident mammals

[1] Wood mouse [2] Water vole [3] Pigmy shrew [4] Grey squirrel [5] Rabbit [6] Stoat [7] Common mouse [8] Brown hare [9] Badger.
Header image: hedgehog (CC0)

Wednesday’s work party task for the Friends was to cut back the tussocks in the set-aside at the top of Kestrel Field and to slow down the advance of the brambles from the hedge between the set-aside and The Arboretum. 

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A gallery of squirrels

We know they are an invasive alien species that inflicts terrible damage on our trees every year – but they are also much loved, long term park residents.

Header picture by Simon Knight

Wildlife photographer Simon Knight has turned his lens on our snake’s head fritillaries and sent us a gallery of beautiful images.

Conservation Status
Classified as Vulnerable on the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain. Nationally rare with only a few UK sites considered to hold wild populations. 

Beautiful pictures from Chris Seymour of an early morning walk in the frosty park.

Christmas robins

A Christmas Eve gallery of the park’s robins, photographed by DKG.

Frosty mornings

Over the years we have been sent many images of frosty mornings in the park. Here are a few of them.

Fly Agaric

by Clive Knight

This is a sequence of pictures of a Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) taken every day from last Friday, the 22nd, up until today, Tuesday 26th. The last picture shows the fungus fully developed at approximately 17cm across, but collapsed. I have found that when they are fully open they do not last long so I am keeping my eye on some more in the reserve hopefully to take pictures of one fully open and still upright.

The header picture is the first in this series, taken by Clive Knight on Friday 22nd October.

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