|Farewell to one of our copper beech trees|
|Close up of copper beech leaves|
Several days ago Senior warden Colin heard the cuckoo calling again and as he listened the cuckoo changed his call - the old poem is right!
The cuckoo comes in April
He sings his song in May
Then in June he changes his tune
And in July he flies away
Between the thunderstorms and downpours I have been nipping out to some of our ponds to watch the progress of some of our wildlife and this morning spotted a duck with three chicks and the first Emperor dragonfly on the pond in the Mile Meadow. We are also keeping a careful eye on the deer park as the fawns will begin to appear any day now. I know I repeat it a lot, but it is super important that fawns are not approached or touched in any way and that dogs are kept well away - so please keep to the paths! If you are lucky enough to spot a fawn, please let me know. The bucks look fantastic at the moment with their antlers in velvet and full summer coats, so bring your camera next time you are here for a walk in the park, you never know where they might be sunning themselves near a path.
|Mr Toad was found recently by a temporary log pile and relocated to a more permanent residence near the Mile Walk|
|Damselflies mating by the Mile Meadow pond|