Read about the life and work of the Attingham Wardens

Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Friday, 8 August 2014

So long, Ben!

Next week will see us say a fond farewell to Harper Adams student Ben, who has been working with us for just over a year as part of his degree course. Ben has been a fantastic addition to the team and will be missed! We wish him all the best for his final year at Harper - and thanks for all the spoons.

With Ben's departure we have also had three new arrivals from Harper this week - over the coming months you will see Jo, Charley and Rachel around the Park and Estate as they work on their placement. I haven't caught them on camera yet but watch this space...

Chris Wittles has been on site several times over the last week ringing birds near to the Tern and Severn. A good range of species are coming through including many warblers, tits and the odd bullfinch. We will be working with Chris over the coming years to manage the vegetation at these sites and maximise the optimum habitat for many native and migratory birds.

The summer is moving on and the deer are starting to shed their velvet (the skin covering the newly-grown antlers) and reveal the darker bone underneath. The does and this year's fawns are now becoming more visible as you walk through the deer park and they start to rejoin the rest of the herd and it looks like another successful year with many young ones being born.

Last week we had a big push on clearing the ragwort from the front park, deer park and up at Hillcrest along the A49 at Lee Brockhurst. It's amazing what a difference it makes as you look out across the deer park now, with no yellow in sight!