Litter Pickers Inc.

Newspapers, online and off, have been bombarding us with headlines like this one from the Guardian:

Littering epidemic in England

We would just like to say: Not in our park, there isn’t; our park is pristine. Our park goers pick up their litter (and often other people’s litter as well) and put it in the bins.

Thank you.

Pictures by DKG

Wasp woodwork

Wasps have stripped wood from the fence  in the picnic area, leaving light-coloured lines on the weathered grey boards. All British social wasps make their nests out of paper and they make the paper out of wood fibres and saliva.

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Resurfacing the car park

You may have noticed the enormous heap of road-planings that spent a while in the far corner of the car park taking up several parking spaces.

Last week they were used to resurface the main car park, to establish a paved track through the bottom of the Arboretum where the rubbish lorry turns, and to fill some of our muddiest patches.

The car park had to be closed for a few days because the weather was too hot for the planings to harden properly. Thank you for your patience.

Hopefully, the new surface will see us safely through the coming winter.

Lost!

Message from Becky Lou: Someone’s little Piglet found at the park today, he hung on but no one returned so he’s being looked after… Get in touch if he’s yours.

Metal detectors

Wiltshire Council policy on metal detecting

Wiltshire Council does not allow metal detecting by the public on land it owns for the following reasons:

  • Much of the countryside owned by Wiltshire Council is let to third parties, usually for agriculture
  • Were metal detecting/digging by permit allowed in public open spaces it may encourage non-permit holders to detect or dig
  • The council could be left with diggings and unfilled hollows making it unsafe for livestock, farm machinery and, if on public open space, the public
  • There could be damage to sites and features of interest, including archaeology, vegetation and wildlife habitats.

Just a reminder that quad bikes are not allowed in the park. They are a danger to walkers, particularly children, and to dogs and the park’s wildlife; if you see people driving quad bikes, please report them to the police.
AND if you can get a picture, without in any way endangering yourself, that would really help

Somewhere between fifty and sixty teenagers gathered in the park, under the Lone Oak, yesterday evening, to celebrate somebody’s fifteenth birthday. It’s hard to imagine how such an event could not have ended badly.

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A marbled white (Melanargia galathea) on creeping thistle flowers, photographed in the park yesterday by Julie Newblé. If you look carefully, there are at least three common red soldier beetles hidden in the picture.

Thanks Julie.

Who is doing this?

We have been sent pictures this afternoon of newly damaged goat willow trees in Sleepers Field. Who is doing this?

Who is it spending their lockdown time climbing into our trees with a sharp blade? If you know anything about this, please report it.

UPDATE: On closer inspection this looks as if it may be squirrel damage. We apologise to the Village Green Vandals for jumping to conclusions. We have sent the photographs to our Tree Officer.


Our email address is friedsofscp@outlook.com
PCSO Mat Till’s email address is Matthew.Till@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk.
Mat is a member of Community Policing Team 1, which can be contacted on 101 ext 36337 or on 07471029309.


National Insect Week – Day 2

HOW TO RESCUE A BUMBLEBEE

by Jonah Powers (aged 9½)

When you come across a discouraged exhausted Bombus terrestris (buff tailed bumblebee) here is what you should do.

(1 Mix water and sugar together.
(2 Place some on a flat surface with the bee
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(3 You will notice your bee unfurling her proboscis to consume the liquid
(4 After some time you will discover your bee is becoming more energetic
(5 Now your bee is ready to say “toodle -oo!”

Thank you for contributing to National Insect Week, Jonah.


Q&A

A question from a reader:

If I want large white butterfly caterpillars in my garden AND I want my kale, is that like trying to have my cake and eat it? I suppose they don’t eat anything else, do they? I have sent you a photograph.
Liz

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A nest of peacock butterfly caterpillars found in the park by Isabelle Newblé, aged 9, and photographed by her mother, Julie. Well done both of you!

Who lives here?

A message and pictures from Julie, regular park-user:

Saw these little mini molehill type structures on the path next to the pond. Under the ones already disturbed there is a little hole. It’s possibly ants or something but thought I’d send them in anyway. Do you know what made them?

Read on to solve the mystery

Just for luck.

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

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