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We then crossed the path and turned north towards Rowley road, there were many squirrels around here who promptly bolted on our approach, shooting up trees, we saw several woodpeckers(green) on the ground hunting ants to eat, also Crows, Jackdaws, Magpies and woodpigeons.

entering the wood at Rowley gate we walked down the woodland path going South, the birdsong is very strong here with all manner of small and large birds all singing away.

This woodland path that we have chipped for the last three years is wearing very badly

Around half way down the upper walk a greater spotted Woodpecker had knocked a hole last year and built a nest, I have watched that darn hole this year and not once have I seen a woodpecker near it, nonetheless today an adult was calling out to a youngster.

This youngster was wedged in the old nest hole with his head poking out, he looked from side to side and then down, withdrawing his head and then sticking it out again, you could see him thinking 'its a long way down and if you think I am coming out to plummit to the floor you can think again'.

It was a pleasant sunny day with a cool breeze when Pat and I did this years walk around Priory Park.

Just for a change we decided to start at the Huntingdon road car park, following alongside the Huntingdon road to the bottom of Priory hill and walking along within the park.

Setting off we noticed several Hornbeam trees growing in the hedge, they have the most intriguing hanging bracts at this time of year.

Further along we inspected the Indian bean tree(Catalpa), the middle of the trunk has decayed leaving the two outside parts holding it up, it leans considerably and one day may fall, hopefully not yet.

Joining the chipped path we noticed hundreds of Damsel flies of various colours, and as we walked on we saw Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in a merry dance together and photographed them on the nettles.

As we advanced further up we noticed some caterpillars on the nettles, these were black and very spikey.

We looked them up once we were home and found they were Peacock caterpillars.

As we approached the bottom of Priory Hill there were hundreds more Damsel flies with a few butterflies and Moths.

All this side of the park is badly overgrown and any small trees are swamped

Jubilee Oak looks to be doing well.



Having now arrived at the poppy planting area we were surprised at how high the rubbish had grown, nettles , docks, thumping great tussocks of grass with a few wild flowers around.

On the day we went there was no sign of poppies, we walked on in an Easterly direction up the hill.

Checked the Owl box, it was still empty, made our way over to Jubilee copse.

The wild flowers growing in this area were as usual prolific and outstanding, one of the best areas in the park in my opinion.

The trees and bushes we planted in the copse are all looking healthy and growing away well.

Walked on to Heron Court passing the other Owl box which was also empty.

From Heron court we carried on down the chipped path encountering more damsel flies, moths and butterflies, someone had driven a small truck all the way down to the bottom of the path ending up on the north side of the small brook bridge at the bottom.

Nearly three quarters of the way down we heard another woodpecker calling, looked up and it was a green one this time, it was doing exactly the same as the greater spotted, trying to lure its chicks out.

It was a no brainer as far as the youngster was concerned, you could see him thinking I stay here as I am suffering from vertigo, I am not moving unless you push me out, we left  him or her to make the leap.

Coming across the small bridge at the bottom we ended up at the childrens playground, where we saw the remains of the tree that had been cut down, it had rotted in the middle, playground well occupied with children and parents.

Walked back along the southern side of the park, lots of people out with the kids and strolling along the paths, saw nothing of note.

One final comment on the walk, there was no rubbish on the route we took, that was quite heartening.

All Pictures taken on day of walk.


Pat and Ron Jones

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Above is a picture of Peacock Butterfly caterpillars and to the left are two small tortoiseshell butterflies, they breed on nettles as you see here

To your left is a blue Damselfly, almost hidden by the foliage

Above is a picture of Hornbeam bracts