The whole thing

 “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.”   David Attenborough

Our park doesn’t have snow leopards or white rhinos. Our rarities are small and fragile: water voles, pondweeds, dragonflies zipping past so suddenly they make you jump, a visiting marsh tit, a linnet singing in the trees, little bottom-feeding fish. Then there are the hundreds of flowering plants, thousands of invertebrates and probably tens of thousands of species of fungi hidden away where we can’t see them.

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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

Ten lords a-leaping

On the tenth day of Christmas, here are the extraordinary flowers of lords-and-ladies, the wild arum (Arum maculatum), photographed in the park during April’s lockdown.

Pictures taken in the park by Suzanne Humphries

Camouflage

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

Header picture: public domain.

Fact of the week

A robin’s lifespan is just 13 months on average due to high mortality among robins in their first year. However, once they’ve passed that first year barrier, they stand a much better chance of surviving for quite a while – the record currently stands at 19 years!

All pictures taken in the park by DKG

DKG

We are saddened to announce the loss of DKG, our gifted in-house photographer; David Keith Galliers died peacefully at home after a short illness.

We will miss his dry sense of humour, his kindness and his hard-working enthusiasm for the park, which he recorded for us in all its seasons and moods. His obsession with early morning light has left us some truly unforgettable images.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his family.

Frosty Morning

Some of DKG’s gorgeous pictures of frosty mornings in the park.

Roses in the rain.

The roses in SCP’s car park are flowering in the rain.

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

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.

Diane Wheeler has sent us beautiful pictures of the park in yesterday’s early morning frost.

Thank you, Diane.

Sunset Gallery

Yesterday the sun broke through the mist just in time for sunset.

Photographs

Park users often send us their photographs of the park: larch cones in the rain, their children or grandchildren playing in the woods, butterflies on the point of escaping from the picture, first flowerings, blurred birds and fabulous views of the sunset. We would love to be able to publish more of them

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