What a great day in the park. It was wet, very wet, but it didn’t dampen spirits. We got a lot done, with Lorna of the Wildlife Trust leading a group thinning beech saplings, alder and willow from one of the copses. The idea is to open up access, and over half was successfully completed. Other volunteers tackled removal of tree guard piles. A skip is coming, and we need to clear debris, including rolls of barbed wire and old fencing. More primroses were planted too – always a welcome sight when they flower in the spring.
New waymarking signs have been installed today. There are three in the park, and they depict footpaths, wildlife, play areas and sports fields. They are paid for via grants from the Welsh Assembly and are being put into many open spaces in South Wales.
A detailed list of Tasks and Projects has been prepared for the winter period in the park. It is quite extensive and challenging, and aims to manage the site, improve the access and enhance the diversity. It can only be done with sufficient volunteer manpower coming forward. A start will be made at a weekend in early November and there will be posters and publicity for that.
This woodpecker has pied black and white wings and a red patch below. Males also have bright red markings on the neck. It is the iconic bird of the Parc, seen last evening. They like it because they can swoop down from the woodland and feast on the anthills. They are here all year round, so listen out for their ‘drumming’.
Photos: Gareth Thomas
A slew of Mistle thrushes has been seen in the park last week. These are black-spotted and bigger than blackbirds. Three were here with 8 nearby. They gorge themselves on those red berries, Guilder Rose, Hawthorn and Rowan we see. They will have bred here, and are shy birds worth seeing.
Photo: Steve Young