We had another Wildlife walk this morning. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast and cool which meant we only saw one Butterfly, a Speckled woodpecker and no Dragonflies. But we saw much evidence of Woodpecker activity in the rotten Beech by the ‘Rotten Trail’. Heard and saw a lot of Great and Blue tits and a Nuthatch down on the feeders, as well as a Raven flying over the Tea Kiosk area. But the highlight for the children, and me were 2 Common newts near the Summerhouse and this, as yet, unidentified insect (or is it a spider minus a couple of legs?). Can you help? If you know what sort it is get in touch. Thanks.
As you can see I also saw a Roe deer just before the walk.
The working day here at Prior Park has just about ended. Derek, Kirsty and Frank our dependable Thursday volunteers have all gone home after doing some very sterling work on the ‘Rotten Trail’. This is our little trail by the Summerhouse that shows how leaves and twigs break down and return to the earth as useful compost. Anyway, the trail was showing a little wear and tear and had got slightly overgrown, so with a little love and attention the trail is now as rotten as ever.
While working on the trail Kirsty noticed a fairly fresh Woodpecker hole in one of the large Beech trees we have in the area. It was probably disturbed by us working nearby.
After some very threatening black clouds this afternoon the sun has at last come out. Time to go home.