This week was all about Easter eggs. All week the Skyline team were painting and decorating some egg-shaped blocks of wood, which were kindly cut up by Ranger Rob Holden. These ‘eggs’ were then covered in a white base coat before being decorated by the artistic minds of the volunteers. That being said, I’m sure there is more paint on them then there are on the eggs!
On Thursday, these masterpieces were hidden among the trees for all of you lot to find for Easter. As well as these, there is an extra special egg waiting to be found when you arrive at the quarry mid-way through the wood. The assembly process for this definitely had us in giggles!
Remember to go look out for them over Easter, starting Monday 25th through to April 7th. I’m sure you will have as much fun looking for them as we did making them!
Occasionally and rather sadly we have to fell some of our trees. This is mostly because they are damaged, old, decayed or just plain dangerous. We have just had a round of work done on some of our suspect trees which, thanks to Stuart and his Greenman team of Tree surgeons are now down safely. We will now spend the next couple of weeks tidying the trees up and using a lot of the timber and chipping’s
around the Park. Thanks to Greenman for all their help. You can contact them via their website http://www.tree.org.uk/
I had a very pleasant walk around the park this morning with Roger one of our volunteers looking at the most notable trees we have in the garden. This is to enable him to put together a leaflet for the visitors telling them what trees we have and some of the outstanding features of them. In the short time it took to walk around we saw or heard:
Pied wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Raven, Buzzard, Mallard, Wren, Long-tailed tit, Mute swan, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blue tit, Great tit, Moorhen, Coot, Grey heron , and Great spotted woodpecker. The Great spotted woodpecker was the most exciting sighting for me as I have never actually seen one in the park, heard many but never seen one. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it so here is one of our Mallards instead
It’s been an absolutely beautiful couple of days here at Prior Park, I only wish I could take my computer outside and enjoy it! I managed a stroll round with the camera after lunch today though and got some good shots. Autumn is definitely on the way – the first few trees are starting to turn orange and drop their leaves. In a couple of weeks’ time Prior Park will be a riot of colour!
The Roe deer can sometimes be a bit of a pain, casually nibbling at young trees and shrubs, which means we have to spend a lot of time and money protecting all the plants. But it is still a thrill and honour to see them wandering through the Park, they always look very sleek and fit, and extremely well camouflaged changing colour with the seasons to match their surrounding. I was on the west side of the Park this afternoon and only just noticed one only a few metres away from me, casually watching me, making sure I didn’t get too close. This is the first deer I have seen in quite a few weeks, but they are always welcome – sort of….