Sunday, 12 April 2015

Litter and dog fouling

As the park gets busier over the coming months, we can expect to find more litter and dog fouling. Most of the dog walkers in Mayow Park are very careful to pick up after them but not all. Our new park keeper is only in the park on two days a week and he does not yet know the 'grot spots' where litter accumulates, particularly where drinkers and smokers congregate. I hope that regular park users will help him out by letting him know of any specific dog mess and litter. After another week or two he should be more familiar with the park and better able to go straight to the problem areas.
Two of our dog walkers have offered to collect litter and dog mess as they walk round the park, which is very considerate of them. I would like to check with Glendale about health and safety implications plus provision of litter sticks, gloves and rubbish bags.
The following photos are not a pretty sight, showing litter and dog fouling which remained for several days.


Bird walk 12th April 2015

At 8am on a sunny Sunday 12th April 2015 eleven people gathered for a bird walk round Mayow Park. Our last bird walk in March was a cold and miserable day with few birds but today was much better,  good visibility and plenty of bird song to guide us. The trees are not yet in full leaf, making it easier to spot the birds. Many thanks to Paul Barrett for leading the walk.
Here is a list of birds we saw:
  • hedge sparrow/ dunnock (a pair) 
  • great spotted woodpecker on tree near tennis court)
  • parakeets
  • magpies
  • song thrush
  • wren (pair)
  • great tit
  • blue tits (particularly in and around the cherry tree in bloom by the rose beds near the Silverdale entrance)
  • long tail tits (pair)
  •  robins
  • starlings
  • wood pigeons
  • stock doves
  • chaffinch male (two in different places)
  • blackbirds (pair)
  • jay (pair)
  • crow
  • herring gulls (flying overhead)
  • mistle thrush
  • nuthatch (pair) in rockery area in front of bowls site
These photos show some of the trees where birds were present though the camera did not get to shoot them. The third photo shows  two parakeets at a hole where they are nesting.
we saw birds in these two oaks

Plenty of blue tits in this blossoming cherry tree near rose beds

Can you see the parakeets half way up the right hand trunk?

male chaffinch somewhere in this tree