We are restoring Fisher’s Pond and associated channels, removing sediment to help improve the water flow and the water quality. Alongside new aquatic planting, this will help a range of invertebrates and other wildlife to thrive.
This will require temporary path closures near Fisher’s Pond, and you will see large machinery at work. We aim to finish works in early February. Apologies for any inconvenience.
These works are being delivered by The Royal Parks Mission: Invertebrate project. With thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we deliver habitat improvements, conduct research and spread the word about the importance of invertebrates.
The Mission Invertebrate programme funded the removal of some of the Mistletoe from many lime and hawthorn trees before Christmas. In the past trees which were carrying too much mistletoe through the winter have failed in high winds. This is a necessary exercise to protect our veteran trees, which have such high value as habitat for our invertebrates.
Well, that is another year over and a new one is beginning. Hopefully, you will have recorded some interesting birds in the Park over the last year. Those that have visited the Park on a regular basis a target of 100 species should be easily achieved. If there were some glaring omissions from that list, you could make it your mission to connect with that or those species this year. Hopefully, last year’s blip will not be repeated, and the species will not join the ever-increasing list of birds that are in decline in the United Kingdom. The species causing most concern at present in the Park is the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker down to one pair in 2013 and only glimpsed once in 2015. This is very sad and could be since competition for holes to nest in is too great.
If the weather remains reasonably mild, waterfowl numbers on Heron Pond can build up. There is not a large variety; the regulars being Mallard, Pochard, Tufted, Red Crested Pochard and Coot. Most winters a few Shoveler and Gadwall will appear. Finding scarce visitors might mean an early morning visit, scarce birds can be more nervous, so it is worth checking the water bodies first thing in the morning, before too many park users arrive. Goosanders, the largest of the sawbills were once annual winter visitors but now no longer visit the Park.
For more bird news check out www.regentsparkbirds.blogspot.com - also covers Bushy Park