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  1. Hi Knighton Wild,
    Just a few thoughts/memories………Surely there’s got to be a more interesting name than “Kingsmead Road Green Spaces”. The Washbrook Nature Area has already been earmarked down Knighton Lane East, so what about Church Lane Nature Area [or Kenwood N.A?; or Home Farm N.A.]. Think about the history of the place – part of historic Home Farm; – the old Wash Stones alongside the brook – who scrubbed their clothes there? – who moved the stones to their current position, in order to straighten/concrete the Wash Brook channel for flood relief purposes; was it a ford before the footbridge was put in? Did the farm animals come to drink there? [Was an old cowbell once found in one of the fields?]. Was it one of the old Knighton footpaths. Perhaps the water quality was a bit better in the past; Were the wash stones glacial boulders – or where did they come from? The line of Lombardy poplar trees where the local bats feed – it has always been an area for nature, adjacent to St Mary’s Churchyard.
    Is KnightonWIld thinking of a project – perhaps connected to Nick & UrbanBuzz?
    Maggie

    1. Maggie, very interesting the name is just what the council use so a rename would be helpful. The memories / questions are intriguing. It would be interesting to look at some of the old maps of the area.

  2. Re:- the bird boxes that you are making – don’t forget that blue tit boxes are often used by queen bumblebees to set up their colonies in Spring – in particular Tree Bumbles [Bombus hypnorum]; although I have had other bumble species use them in my garden in the past eg Early Bumbles [Bombus pratorum]. They do not gather in their own nesting material, so you will have to provide some for them to use [old nesting material when cleaning out nest boxes is OK [mind the fleas!]. Avoid using timber that has been treated.
    You could also leave off the front panel of your box and pack it with short lengths of bamboo canes , for solitary bees to use. [7mm to 8mm internal dia]. Put the boxes up in good time [late Feb] facing south & sheltered, for when the females are on the wing…………
    Keep up the good work! See you in 2018 when the weather is a bit warmer.

  3. Thanks Maggie for you comments, our next activity after the birdbox installation is setting up bug hotels and habitats – we’ll be doing this in February.

  4. in relation to this project which is close to my scout hut on Cademan close.
    i`m now a scout leader at the 68th and would like more information as how i could get my scouts involved in this project
    which is in there local area

  5. Hi everyone.
    Sorry that I still won’t be able to join in. Have a good day – I hope the weather is kind to you and that you find lots of interesting bugs! There are several bumbles still on the wing – Bombus pascuorum [long tongue], Bombus terrestris [short tongue] , etc. There may be cuckoos too;
    bye for now,
    Maggie

  6. Great idea. We can really build up a picture of all the wildlife in the Knighton area.
    Even if you don’t have a garden you can notice things that are about out of the window or on your exercise stroll.

  7. The Little Egret in Knighton Park seems to have a mate now, not sure where or if they are nesting.

  8. That was really intersting Ura. Thank you for sharing your interest and notes. I look forward to hearing more as the season progresses.
    Kate

  9. Hi Uta,
    Thank u for these interesting observations. I often spot families of gold crest in the bushes on the wash brook near my plot. Very hard to see Because as u know they smallest British bird. I also hear a woodpecker in same spot, not seen it. Did u include yellow wagtail or is that long tailed tit?Stay safe.

  10. Hi Uta! This was a great read, the Washbrook Allotments are certainly a small oasis for wildlife. It’s been a saviour for me and my Mum Mercy. I’m sure you know her; small Filipino lady!
    Additionally, I’ve seen buzzards flying overhead, wrens, goldcrests and a resident green woodpecker.
    I recorded two common pipistrelle’s a few evenings ago with my bat detector. I was only there for an hour after sunset so I’m keen to spend some more time there at night to see what else is visiting 🙂
    Take care,
    Fiona

  11. I was walking past St Guthlac’s churchyard late one night this week (with dogs) when I heard a loud snuffling and grunting. The dogs went mad and I thought perhaps there was a badger digging. But no, it was a pair of hedgehogs. I never knew they made such a noise.