Fog and Mist
Fog and mist are created when water vapour in the air condenses into a liquid but the particles are not large enough to turn into rain.
Fog is said to occur when visibility is less than 1km whilst mist occurs if visibility is above 1 km. Water vapour condenses in a number of different situations. Clouds are essentially high fog, where the condensation happens high in the sky where warm moist air meets cold air. So essentially fog is low flying cloud!
Mist is more likely to form where water on a warm surface (such as a lake or the dew on grasses) evaporates into cold air – which is more likely at night, in the autumn or in sheltered valleys. The centre of Richmond Park at dawn is a particularly good place to see some very picturesque mists because of the sheltered lakes surrounded by an undulating landscape.
Danns Pond is small water body in the south of the park, fenced to protect it from deer. It is one of the few places that the rare Great Crested Newt survives in the park.
The Pond has become silted and heavily shaded by overhanging trees over many years. Phased restoration started a few years ago when 1/3 of the pond was cleared and de-silted. The newts were re-surveyed and the population appeared to have improved.
This autumn a further third has been de-silted and vegetation cleared. The work is always conducted by clearing vegetation and raking the ground during the summer whilst the newts are in the water, then in autumn when the newts have emerged and are hibernating the pond can be disturbed.
Once the pond has settled down we aim to undertake a final phase of works in a few years time.
The Pike is a long predatory fish that is found in both the Upper and Lower Pen Ponds. It can occasionally be seen from the banks as it lurks motionless in weed, waiting for small fish to swim within striking distance. They are generally less than 10lbs in weight but have been known to grow up to 50lbs and are capable of short bursts of explosive power.
Anglers traditionally fished for them in winter when other species of fish are more sedentary, but sports anglers prefer to catch species such as carp that offer a greater challenge.
They are well camouflaged and have several rows of teeth that all point backwards in the mouth.
Trivial nick names for the Pike include 'snot rocket', Mr Toothy and Sharp tooth McGraw!
Pembroke Lodge Car Park
Pembroke Lodge Car Park is undergoing further works to become properly surfaced. The section to the south of the refreshment kiosk is being improved and is due to be completed by Christmas.
Works are scheduled for this time of year to co-coincide with the relatively less busy time of year for Pembroke Lodge.
As the parks busiest car park we appreciate that the works will cause some disruption but we trust the improvements will be appreciated and the need for work is essential. Fencing and some planting will follow on.
Richmond Park Green Flag Awards
Richmond Park is entered for and receives a Green Flag award every year along with over 1500 public parks in the UK. An open vote also allows park users to additionally vote for their favourite park. This year Richmond Park was ranked at number 15 – this makes it within the top 1% of the country's most popular open spaces.