Nature

  • Community,  Events,  Nature

    Work Party, Saturday 27 March, 11-3

    Our first event of the year will be a work party near the apiary. Some of the long-neglected areas of the park deserve some attention, and we want to support the beekeepers in their efforts. They’ll be starting work on the hives in early April, so we’ve decided that a bit of brush clearing beforehand is the thing to do. We want to focus on the area below the apiary that’s mainly laurel and bramble, and the upper part of the duck pond (where the new pipe is being laid, and around the waterfall). We also hope to have enough people to do some work maintaining the Queensbridge footpath, possibly…

  • Community,  Highbury Trust,  History,  Nature,  News,  Park Management

    Two important documents, and your input

    January saw the release of two documents, one being the Historic Landscape Appraisal we’ve waited for since 2006, and the other being a revised scheme for Highbury Trust. Each document is important, and well worth reading, but for very different reasons. Reading the Highbury Trust scheme is a matter of urgency, as it is open to your comments until February 21, and will have a significant impact on the future of Highbury. More on this in a few paragraphs, after outlining some issues relating to the the Historic Landscape survey. Reading the 116-page landscape survey is a matter of broadening our understanding of the Highbury-Uffculme landscape, and of setting priorities…

  • Tree Survey,  Walks

    November Tree Surveys

    Hi to all Tree Surveyors! 20/11 Update: We are nearing completion of the tree survey but there are loads of gaps and dodgy identifications that we need to revisit especially with some of the conifers. In the new year it may be a good idea to have another get together e.g. at Kings Heath Park House and look at our results – what do you think? Last week we recorded some interesting varieties of the native holly Ilex aquifolium. Round shaped or pyramidal, without prickles, with narrow or wide leaves and often with peculiar pimples on the bark (see pic attached). Slightly distracted by a rabbit being taken for a…

  • Community,  Events,  Nature,  Park Management

    Kings Heath Festival, Wildflower Meadow

    Ellen & I spent part of of a gusty Saturday afternoon at Kings Heath Festival in Kings Heath Park with friends from Kings Heath Floral Trail (above) and Kings Heath Forum (below). The weather was lovely in its way, but not suitable for setting out documents. Even so, we managed to talk to people about the Highbury portion of the floral trail (meadow grasses north of Shutlock Lane entrance) and the Highbury Trust proposal. We haven’t posted anything about the meadow grasses before, so  bit of explanation is in order. Early this year, as part of our tree trail project, we talked with the floral trail people about their route through the park, and suggested…

  • Imagery,  Nature,  Tree Survey

    Tree survey and Conifer Workshop – successful days

      Hi All, The conifer workshop on 8th April was a great success and Martin Collins took us round Kings Heath Park and in the light of the setting sun we collected specimens of pine, fir, cypress etc – looked for cones, sniffed the leaves and became aware of how much there is to learn about conifers. Then an intensive perusal of the twigs in the lab, with cakes and drinks to hone our identification skills. Many thanks Martin, for a most enjoyable and informative session. The tree survey on 26th April covered old hedgerows in Area 1, near to the car park. We found oaks, sycamore, ash and multistemmed…