Throughout the year our specialist arboricultural team monitor the trees in the park on a programme of inspection. This considers the condition of the trees from a safety point of view and the effects of any pest and disease. Tree work may then be prescribed, which includes a variety of techniques from shortening individual branches to felling or monolithing of trees that have died.
Arisings and deadwood from this work is kept in the park as much as possible as it is very important habitat for the special creatures that live in it. You will see various tree surgery works taking place.
Due to the relatively mild winter we have had very few visiting birds in the UK, as they have so far not felt the need to move from the continent. This has meant that the redwings and fieldfares are largely absent from the park.
We normally have to wait until late winter for siskin and lesser redpolls to arrive here, but siskins have been present in small numbers since November. If redpoll numbers increase it would be worth checking through them for the slightly larger paler member of that family, the common/mealy redpoll.
If we happen to have some days with clear blue skies then birds like the skylark will take to the air to sing their beautiful song; actually locating the songster can be very difficult but is worth the challenge. The storm cock, known more commonly as mistale thrush, is another songster that can be heard and isn’t dependant on sunshine. Males can be heard singing on the most atrocious of days.
If you hear any drumming then it's likely to be coming from a greater spotted woodpecker, the only black and white woodpecker now seen in Bushy Park.
For more bird news check out www.regentsparkbirds.blogspot.com By Tony Duckett
Woodland Gardens Feb 2019
February in the Woodland Gardens sees the start of the camellia flowering season, slowly at first but as the days move on more flowers can be seen. Camellia Walk in the Waterhouse Garden holds a fine collection of historic camellias.
Our volunteers have been working hard clearing areas in preparation for planting next winter, and also on an area by River Lodge in preparation for a nursery extension. We'll be able to propagate our own plants and grow them on in the ground, with the mature plants being planted out in the Gardens.
Our gardeners have been busy tidying the streams and will be helping renovate the Bog Garden in the next couple of months.
Plants worth looking out for include Hamamelis mollis, viburnum x bodnantense Dawn and the delicately scented Mahonia planted around the gardens.
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