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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bins in the Lake

 
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We have had a spate of bins being thrown in the lake every bin near the lake is now in the lake. It once  again mindless vandalism they have thrown rubbish out of the bin all over the paths what sort of pleasure they get from that no one knows

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Contractors have been putting in data cables to the cafe and a right cock up they have made of it as you can  see they took the trench right next to the trees cutting the roots so that will do them good. They then worked out they had to go further down the back to get to the cafe so then went at right angles as they will have to pull a cable through the pipe it will be hard work.

 

Happy Xmas to all our readers

 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Frozen Lake

 
 

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The first time this year the lake has been frozen I didnt think it had been that cold but it was frozen over today. This brings the problems of kids messing about on the ice like we had last year. There was some young kids stamping on the ice today and its very dangerous if you see anything stupid like this if need be phone the Police before they get killed.

The swans are still missing and have been gone for a few weeks now lets hope they come back soon.

Following on from last year’s work on developing Crewe Park as an educational resource MMU PGCE primary students will be able to undertake a special short project in the New Year.  This will involve students meeting in the park for an introductory visit and talk,by other park staff/friends (Elaine and Linda)to lead this, on Monday 28th January pm (1-3 approx).  This would then be followed up by students working with a class of children from one of the local schools on Wednesday 30th January, morning or afternoon  - (perhaps half a group in each session).  The students will have devised science based activities to work on with the children in the park – appropriate to the age range of the children.  This would then have the possibility of being followed up in the school on Monday afternoon 4th February.  We are hoping that students will produce a scheme of work of which they will have delivered a small part, and make contributions to the Crewe Park website, if you think this is appropriate. 

 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Autumn is Here

 
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Autumn is on its way the guide is one of the first trees in Crewe to show its here is this one in the park that starts changing colour and its started showing it here. So soon we will have some  Autumn colours in the park.

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Herons have been back this week a bit different as two have been here and not staying on the normal island but getting closer to people and landing on the grass which they never normally do. It  look like one may be a young one finding his way around. The one above was on Burma Island and its rare to get close for a photo.

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A big fun day this week with lots of crowds in the park for all sort of free activities like climbing, Zorb balls go carts. It was a nice day for once and the park was full 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

More Vandalism in the Queens Park

 
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The vandalism continues despite the Police patrols above we see they have started carving into the bridges this week.

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An on going problem is kids playing football on the bowling green with studs  on and ruining the green today (Sunday) it wasn't just kids adults were there with their kids playing football. The gardeners are having a hard time repairing it daily. Again Sunday and kids were there fishing, dogs off the lead chasing wildlife and other dogs not on the lead. Is it so hard to keep a dog on the lead? if you want to let it off then there are two fields with 1 min of the park you can do that many people are terrified when they see dogs off the lead and with young children and wildlife its very dangerous. When a child get mauled then something will be done. 

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The Nut hatch put in an appearance again this week he has not been seen for weeks.

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The Grebe have now only got one baby left but he is doing well. You would never recognize him as a Grebe if you saw him alone more like a Zebra. He can now dive on his own but still often rides on mums back he is hard to take a picture of as he only get off mum for short times.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

More problems at the Queens Park

 
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The summer bedding is now finished and given a few weeks it will  be at its best so pop along and have a look

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A lot of baby rabbits about this week a bit timid but there are lots to be seen if you walk around quietly. The swans and Grebe are still  sitting on the nests and its hoped we will see some new life from them soon. What could be more important is the Barnacle Goose has been sitting on a nest for a while. It a very rare bird in this part of the world but they have never bread in the uk there were some at Tatton Park in 1972 but they never had young so if ours has young even crossed with others it will be a national event.

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The two holes in the path covered in metal plates above have been filled in this week as kids were pushing the plates off leaving deep holes

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The kids have removed the edging stones from the gates making it simple for them to break in at night and cause more damage.

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The gardens had a metal boat to  get to the islands to weed this week and they pulled it ashore while they had dinner. Next minute these two cheeky chappies  were in it and away with it as they pulled it from the lake we had visions of them stealing it and walking down Alton st with it to cash it in. You could imagine the Police report be on the look out for two lads in a boat down Alton St. The Police came with a few mins and caught them. So remember any problems in the park call 101 and ask for Police at Crewe they are responding quickly and the more reports we have the better the evidence to get Wardens back

 

 

Monday, May 7, 2012

More Baby Chicks

 
 

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Some nice flowers and trees coming out the both by the bridges a welcome colour to the park

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Despite other wildlife loosing chicks the baby Moorhen has survived on the island away from yobs and it is helped by fierce parent that tackle anything coming near it not matter how big.

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If you can see it on the picture above the treecreeper is small, very active, bird that lives in trees. It has a long, slender, downcurved bill. It is speckly brown above and mainly white below. It breeds in the UK and is resident here. Birds leave their breeding territories in autumn but most range no further than 20 km. Its population is mainly stable.

Where to see them

Best looked for on the trunks of trees in suitable woodland. In autumn and winter, it often joins flocks of tits and other small birds, so if you come across such a flock in a wood, it is worth listening out for a treecreeper among them. They are very small and hard to see and even harder to take pictures of

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The Wood hatch has now got your as they only take 16 days here its returning to the nest with food for the young

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The first baby Canadian geese can be seen here there are four so far lets hope they have more luck than the swans and Grebe .

We are still trying to get hay bails around the island so the Grebe and swans can nest in peace. The wildlife experts came last week and reported.

Countryside service ......In the short term you could consider putting in a couple of floating nest platforms, though these would need to be situ ideally within the next fortnight to stand any chance of being used this year. Unfortunately from a first trawl on the internet we’ve been unable to identify anything suitable ‘off the peg’. However you could instead consider contacting one of the local conservation groups who may be willing to make one for you. As a start try... (Contact made arrangements underway).
.... Short of making a very secure (human free!) area this is impossible to guard against, especially if the nests are so very accessible.... appropriate interpretive messages is the most cost effective measure, helping to engender public interest and help for their protection. (Signs arranged). It is the public’s eyes & ears that are your best weapon in combating such anti-social behaviours of this kind. (Further inspections made today by wildfowl specialists).

So at the present time nothing has been done and time is running out all for a few bails of hay or similar

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OVERSEAS MUSCIANS TO VISIT QUEENS PARK
The May Bank Holiday is very nearly upon us and that means time for Crewe Brass to welcome our friends from Crewe's twin town of Bischofsheim in Germany!
HHS Bischofsheim, the town's brilliant accordion orchestra will be arriving for a programme of activity and music.
One highlight is a free Concert to be performed at Crewe's Queens Park on Sunday 6 May from 2pm, with Crewe Brass and HHS Bischofsheim performing both classics and favourites, on the stunning newly renovated bandstand a beautiful backdrop to this talented band of musicians. All are welcome. The band are hoping for lots of sunshine so that everyone can enjoy a picnic in the park before the performance.

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Breading Pair of Grebes arrive

 
 

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Spring isnt far away in the Queens Park a slots of blossom is on the trees as above highlighting the Boar War statue. The Daffs have started coming out but not a in full bloom yet. Given another week we will have a spectacular show

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The Barnacle goose id still with us and as you can see its ringed. Interestingly they have never bread successfully in this country there was one that crossed with a Canadian goose at Tatton but the eggs were destroyed

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Last week we had one Grebe but the second one has arrived and they are looking very romantic giving each other fish etc so lets hope the breed this time and the yobs dont get the eggs. It hard to see were they can breed as its on water and last year they used the hay balls but there isnt any left for them this time

 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Children In Danger

 
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People in the Queens Park were horrified today as children played on the frozen lake. As you can see above they were walking right across the lake and one was a young child. The Police were called and they rushed to get them off the lake before they fell in. They than took their names and were going around to the parents to advise them of the dangers. This has been happening all week with people of all ages doing these stupid things like smashing the ice they are standing on with bricks bikes etc.

Parent warn your children of the dangers of open water not only of the park. If any had fell in they could be dead very quick if they slipped under the ice and low temperature could prove fatal. If anyone witness this stupid behaviour then call the Police before a child dies. They have been pulling stones off the wall and throwing them onto the ice as well. All the money spent cleaning the lake and its getting full of rubbish.

This leads on to another story this week that the final warden has now been given 6 weeks notice so it would appear that we will have no one protecting our 7m park soon.

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Coronation Walk  has been cleaned this week by the gardeners and though not perfect its now a usable path at last.

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I managed to find some more memorial plaques this week in the bench grave yard so we now have them all. There are some in the office I believe from seats that have gone so I will try and get those so these people can be remembered. If you have any info on the people on these please let us know

 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New woodland path

 
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The gardens have done a good job and created a new woodland walk by the lake near the golf coarse end. The path has been there all the time but over grown and most people wouldnt know it was there but now its all been redone and the bush given a hair cut. It will look nice once the new growth starts.

some up and coming events for the park are

Queens Park Crewe
Bird Box Making with the Countryside Ranger Service — Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00am at Queen's Park.

Queens Park Crewe
Navigation Course for Walkers by the Countryside Ranger Service — Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm at Queen's Park.

Queens Park Crewe
Home Start Walk — Sunday, March 18 at 10:30am at Queen's Park.

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The swans have had us guessing this week. We had the new one arrive but this week one of the old pair went missing for 2 days but it has now come back so there are still the three on the lake. Maybe he had been for a day out.

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Everyone's favourite duck the Mandarin is still with us and getting tamer all the time and fighting back against other duck who tend to pick on him

 

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Timber

 
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The start of another year and there isnt much happening. The gardeners are buzzy gelling trees and cut back bushes  the picture above is south side but they are also working on the other side creating a new walkway in the bushes which has been there but hidden with overgrown bushs.

There is a new out door classroom project  getting under way to use the park for classes for children which can include

Maths trails designed by children for children with guidance from teachers.  If the students were signed up as STEM Leaders this activity would count towards the award and could be added to students portfolio.  (The award is on 3 levels Primary Secondary and Advanced more details can be found at www.leadersward.com)

· Tree measuring How to find the height of trees using surveying equipment working out the width of a tree by measuring its circumference

· Estimating

· Shapes and sizes

· Use of trundle wheels to measure distance

· Measuring tree rings and then relating what this means in terms of growth and the weather.

· The physics of the Playground

· Biology field trips – Pond dipping, soil analysis, Mini beast hunts, Climate change and how it affects plant life, Micro climates and habitats.

· Leaf collecting and finding which trees they belong to and art work that could be associated with this work

· A tree recognition worksheet and then doing bark rubbings for art

· Design work looking at bridges and why they chose those designs and materials

· Bridges look at how built talking to a civil engineer building bridges in the classroom or outside

· Surfaces and friction

· Disabled access design project to improve facilities at the park

· Gardening project to produce a ‘blind’ area

· Design a nest box for bird/bats

· Den building  for teamwork

· Park surveying to make a map to get an insight into surveying work

· Using fitness equipment to examine the effect on the body/muscles.  Timing looking at respiration and fitness heart rates etc which gives best ‘work out’

· Engineering of building the lake and where does the river go?

It will be interesting to see how that goes and hopefully it will help children appreciate  the park in stead of wrecking it

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pink footed Goose

 
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A pink footed goose has been at the park this week its one we havent seen before.

Latin name

Anser brachyrhynchus

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Overview

The pink-footed goose is a medium-sized goose, smaller than a mute swan but bigger than a mallard. It is pinkish grey with a dark head and neck, a pink bill and pink feet and legs. This species does not breed in the UK, but large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. Numbers in England are on the increase, particularly in Norfolk, probably due to better protection at winter roosts.

Where to see them

Large estuaries, such as on the east Scottish coast, The Wash, the Ribble and the Solway, or on surrounding farmland where birds go in the day to feed.

When to see them

They arrive in the UK in October and depart in April.

What they eat

Grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.

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Many of the trees on the main drive way have been damaged in the same way more mindless vandalism

 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bridge repaired

 
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The Main Broadwalk Bridge has now been repaired and fully open lets hope it stays that way.  The Friends AGM took place on Tuesday and the full details can be seen here

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We have had some nice days recently considering its October with the last 3 Sundays being sunny. But Autumn is well and truly with use and the scenes change from day to day so we have a few pictures of the best Autumn trees at this time of year

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Monday, October 1, 2012

The week the rain came down

 
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All we have had this week is rain rain and more rain. On Monday the park was awash the main drain at the bottom of the lake was forcing the grid off as the water gushed out and that's some water flow

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The stream in Coronation Walk was going at full belt and it was nice to see it flowing even if we had to get soaked to see it. There has only been a few idiots like me and other dog owners who have to take there dogs out in the park.

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The idiots did manage to come to the park and vandalize things of coarse I wonder who it was that wrote all over the band stand any guess? Lewis and Dillion are now banned from the park.

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lodge roof repaired

 
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The lodge porch roof had to  be repaired this week after the original contractor went bust and the tiles started falling off as they had stuck them on instead of nailing them on nailing them. The wood has been made for the damaged bridge so that should be repaired in the near future.

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An old picture of the lodge

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Two Herons on the lake again most of the week with this young one wandering  about a lot not were they normally go

 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ducks

 
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There has been nothing happening in the park this week. We have had two Herron onsite most of the week one seems to be a baby one as he is landing close to people normally we only see them on the islands. Above he is by the lake at Tipkinder end

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The strange duck above is on the lake he is a Mandarin Cross Mallard. Is head is Mandarin while his body is Mallard. Several other duck have been seen this week which havent been seen for a while the include split beak(he has a split beak as the name suggest). Leg puller he grabs the back of your legs if you dont feed him and whistler he makes a strange sound

 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Baby Moorhens

 
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The Moorhens have had some young this week and so far they have survived the Gulls the parents get stroppy with anything coming close so here's hoping. The Grebe kept two chick and you cant very often see them as they ride on mums back they are a great team as the father brings fish for them and mum. Everything else is quiet the normal yobs have been about throwing the bench's in the lake

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dog Menace Again

 
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New signs have gone up in the Queens Park about keeping dogs on a lead. Even with the new signs there has been several incidents this week were dogs off the lead have attacked the baby ducks. The whole thing now hot up as new laws can  have the dogs destroyed  and owners can get 12 months in prison. So people should take note

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Burma Island has had a new fence put up stopping people getting on the island any bets how long it last?

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There has been a lot of rabbits about this week with lots of new babies in Coronation Walk and surrounding areas. This one sat nice and still to have his picture taken

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The on going problem with the Grebes and swans trying to nest continues as the grebe try on the main bank and they stand no chance there as yobs will soon destroy the eggs. We desperately need some sort of platforms in the lake for them so they can nest safely. We have been asking for months but this week there is a friends meeting so we will ask if they  can pay for some landing stages so come along to the meeting.

RESTORATION PROJECT
FRIENDS MEETING

Monday, 21st May, 2012   5.30pm
At  the GAMES PAVILION (adj Bowling Green), Queens Park, Crewe


Agenda
1.    Apologies
2.    Minutes of Last Meeting
3.    Matters Arising
4.    Chairs Project Up-date
5.    Key Events / Fund Raising
6.    Any Other Business
7.    Date of Next Meeting

wideyel

With my finepix hs10 I got another panoramic view of the lake this week with the trees in leaf

 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring is coming

 
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The grebe is going mad and now we have 4 of them it started with one then two and I thought I was seeing things but there is now four of them. The grebe is what started the RSPB as they used to be killed for their plume for ladies hats etc and they were the first protected bird

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We have seen a few Black headed Gulls coming this week

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Family

Gulls (Laridae)

Overview

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown - in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

Where to see them

The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Worms, insects, fish and carrion.

 

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Spring is here with colour coming to the Queens Park above in the woodland walk we have Mahonia (main bush front of picture) in in flower and Ribes in the background

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All over the Periwinkle all over the site seen here under Broadwalk bridge

Periwinkle is a colour in the blue family. Its name is derived from the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) which bears flowers of the same colour.

The colour Periwinkle is also called lavender blue

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Forsythia; is also out here by the cafe towards the lake but again its all over the site then of coarse the daffs are out but not all of them as yet pansies and hyacinth are out in borders.  No doubt half the daffs will go missing for Mothers Day.

RESTORATION PROJECT
FRIENDS MEETING

Tuesday 20th March, 2012   5.30pm
At  the GAMES PAVILION (adj Bowling Green), Queens Park, Crewe

Agenda
1.    Apologies
2.    Minutes of Last Meeting
3.    Matters Arising
4.    Chairs Project Up-date
5.    Crewe Urban Vision – Objectives and Partnership Potential
by Deb Lindop

6.    Jubilee Crewe Celebrations
by Dawn Clark – Local Area Partnership
Sue Togay – Town Centres Manager

7.     Queens Park an Educational Venue
by Ben Wyre – Crewe Partnership Co-Ordinator
8.    Other Key Events
9.    Any Other Business
10.    Date of Next Meeting

 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Killer Swan

 
Not a lot happening this week but we do have a killer swan on our hands. Witness reported the swan grabbed one of the geese by the neck and dragged it under the ice and the swan came back up but the goose didnt. So we now have one swan and one goose left. The gooses body was later recovered.

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There has been some destruction of the lake walls as you can see above as kids tear off the bricks to throw into the lake. School hols are great arnt they.

 

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The two white ducks are still with use and look as if they have had a bath as they are all nice and clean

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Swan arrives

 
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This week on Monday a new swan arrived at the Queens Park its unusual for a single swan to come but its turned up and stayed all week. The swans seem to get on ok we thought there may have been a fight but as you can see they swim together ok.

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Its surprising how tame these swans and ducks are they come very close even when I have MAX my dog with me and dont seem to bother about dogs or people that is if the dogs are on the lead as they should be.

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We have had the normal yobish behaviour again this week as they decided to throw the life belt into the lake along with tree branches. If someone get into trouble no one can help as the life belt cant be thrown.

 

The first wedding reception has been booked for this year in July in the Lakeside pavilion - we wish the happy couple good luck with their arrangements. Anyone wishing for function details should contact Karen on 07724 802053

Sad day this week as we pay repsects to Mrs Farmer who lived in the East Lodge for many years (married to Mr Colin Farmer who did so much for the Parks and Cemeteries),

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pink footed Goose

 
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A pink footed goose has been at the park this week its one we havent seen before.

Latin name

Anser brachyrhynchus

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Overview

The pink-footed goose is a medium-sized goose, smaller than a mute swan but bigger than a mallard. It is pinkish grey with a dark head and neck, a pink bill and pink feet and legs. This species does not breed in the UK, but large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. Numbers in England are on the increase, particularly in Norfolk, probably due to better protection at winter roosts.

Where to see them

Large estuaries, such as on the east Scottish coast, The Wash, the Ribble and the Solway, or on surrounding farmland where birds go in the day to feed.

When to see them

They arrive in the UK in October and depart in April.

What they eat

Grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.

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Many of the trees on the main drive way have been damaged in the same way more mindless vandalism

 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bridge repaired

 
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The Main Broadwalk Bridge has now been repaired and fully open lets hope it stays that way.  The Friends AGM took place on Tuesday and the full details can be seen here

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We have had some nice days recently considering its October with the last 3 Sundays being sunny. But Autumn is well and truly with use and the scenes change from day to day so we have a few pictures of the best Autumn trees at this time of year

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Monday, October 1, 2012

The week the rain came down

 
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All we have had this week is rain rain and more rain. On Monday the park was awash the main drain at the bottom of the lake was forcing the grid off as the water gushed out and that's some water flow

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The stream in Coronation Walk was going at full belt and it was nice to see it flowing even if we had to get soaked to see it. There has only been a few idiots like me and other dog owners who have to take there dogs out in the park.

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The idiots did manage to come to the park and vandalize things of coarse I wonder who it was that wrote all over the band stand any guess? Lewis and Dillion are now banned from the park.

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lodge roof repaired

 
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The lodge porch roof had to  be repaired this week after the original contractor went bust and the tiles started falling off as they had stuck them on instead of nailing them on nailing them. The wood has been made for the damaged bridge so that should be repaired in the near future.

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An old picture of the lodge

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Two Herons on the lake again most of the week with this young one wandering  about a lot not were they normally go

 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ducks

 
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There has been nothing happening in the park this week. We have had two Herron onsite most of the week one seems to be a baby one as he is landing close to people normally we only see them on the islands. Above he is by the lake at Tipkinder end

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The strange duck above is on the lake he is a Mandarin Cross Mallard. Is head is Mandarin while his body is Mallard. Several other duck have been seen this week which havent been seen for a while the include split beak(he has a split beak as the name suggest). Leg puller he grabs the back of your legs if you dont feed him and whistler he makes a strange sound

 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Baby Moorhens

 
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The Moorhens have had some young this week and so far they have survived the Gulls the parents get stroppy with anything coming close so here's hoping. The Grebe kept two chick and you cant very often see them as they ride on mums back they are a great team as the father brings fish for them and mum. Everything else is quiet the normal yobs have been about throwing the bench's in the lake

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dog Menace Again

 
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New signs have gone up in the Queens Park about keeping dogs on a lead. Even with the new signs there has been several incidents this week were dogs off the lead have attacked the baby ducks. The whole thing now hot up as new laws can  have the dogs destroyed  and owners can get 12 months in prison. So people should take note

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Burma Island has had a new fence put up stopping people getting on the island any bets how long it last?

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There has been a lot of rabbits about this week with lots of new babies in Coronation Walk and surrounding areas. This one sat nice and still to have his picture taken

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The on going problem with the Grebes and swans trying to nest continues as the grebe try on the main bank and they stand no chance there as yobs will soon destroy the eggs. We desperately need some sort of platforms in the lake for them so they can nest safely. We have been asking for months but this week there is a friends meeting so we will ask if they  can pay for some landing stages so come along to the meeting.

RESTORATION PROJECT
FRIENDS MEETING

Monday, 21st May, 2012   5.30pm
At  the GAMES PAVILION (adj Bowling Green), Queens Park, Crewe


Agenda
1.    Apologies
2.    Minutes of Last Meeting
3.    Matters Arising
4.    Chairs Project Up-date
5.    Key Events / Fund Raising
6.    Any Other Business
7.    Date of Next Meeting

wideyel

With my finepix hs10 I got another panoramic view of the lake this week with the trees in leaf

 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring is coming

 
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The grebe is going mad and now we have 4 of them it started with one then two and I thought I was seeing things but there is now four of them. The grebe is what started the RSPB as they used to be killed for their plume for ladies hats etc and they were the first protected bird

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We have seen a few Black headed Gulls coming this week

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Family

Gulls (Laridae)

Overview

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown - in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

Where to see them

The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Worms, insects, fish and carrion.

 

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Spring is here with colour coming to the Queens Park above in the woodland walk we have Mahonia (main bush front of picture) in in flower and Ribes in the background

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All over the Periwinkle all over the site seen here under Broadwalk bridge

Periwinkle is a colour in the blue family. Its name is derived from the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) which bears flowers of the same colour.

The colour Periwinkle is also called lavender blue

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Forsythia; is also out here by the cafe towards the lake but again its all over the site then of coarse the daffs are out but not all of them as yet pansies and hyacinth are out in borders.  No doubt half the daffs will go missing for Mothers Day.

RESTORATION PROJECT
FRIENDS MEETING

Tuesday 20th March, 2012   5.30pm
At  the GAMES PAVILION (adj Bowling Green), Queens Park, Crewe

Agenda
1.    Apologies
2.    Minutes of Last Meeting
3.    Matters Arising
4.    Chairs Project Up-date
5.    Crewe Urban Vision – Objectives and Partnership Potential
by Deb Lindop

6.    Jubilee Crewe Celebrations
by Dawn Clark – Local Area Partnership
Sue Togay – Town Centres Manager

7.     Queens Park an Educational Venue
by Ben Wyre – Crewe Partnership Co-Ordinator
8.    Other Key Events
9.    Any Other Business
10.    Date of Next Meeting

 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Killer Swan

 
Not a lot happening this week but we do have a killer swan on our hands. Witness reported the swan grabbed one of the geese by the neck and dragged it under the ice and the swan came back up but the goose didnt. So we now have one swan and one goose left. The gooses body was later recovered.

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There has been some destruction of the lake walls as you can see above as kids tear off the bricks to throw into the lake. School hols are great arnt they.

 

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The two white ducks are still with use and look as if they have had a bath as they are all nice and clean

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Swan arrives

 
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This week on Monday a new swan arrived at the Queens Park its unusual for a single swan to come but its turned up and stayed all week. The swans seem to get on ok we thought there may have been a fight but as you can see they swim together ok.

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Its surprising how tame these swans and ducks are they come very close even when I have MAX my dog with me and dont seem to bother about dogs or people that is if the dogs are on the lead as they should be.

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We have had the normal yobish behaviour again this week as they decided to throw the life belt into the lake along with tree branches. If someone get into trouble no one can help as the life belt cant be thrown.

 

The first wedding reception has been booked for this year in July in the Lakeside pavilion - we wish the happy couple good luck with their arrangements. Anyone wishing for function details should contact Karen on 07724 802053

Sad day this week as we pay repsects to Mrs Farmer who lived in the East Lodge for many years (married to Mr Colin Farmer who did so much for the Parks and Cemeteries),

 

This site has put together the most complete record and pictures every gathered in one spot of the Queens Park Crewe with old pictures to the modern day Click on any picture on the site for a full screen picture

 

 

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Welcome to the news page for 2011 which we hope will be the last year as hopefully the park will be finished this year by May

New Wildlife pictures from the park

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kestrel and other wildlife

 
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We have seen new wildlife in the park this week like the kestrel up near the bandstand and the playing fields.

Latin name

Falco tinnunculus

Family

Falcons and allies (Falconidae)

Where to see them

Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, from moor and heath, to farmland and urban areas. The only places they do not favour are dense forests, vast treeless wetlands and mountains. They are a familiar sight, hovering beside a motorway, or other main road. They can often be seen perched on a high tree branch, or on a telephone post or wire, on the look out for prey.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Small mammals and birds

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The Greylag goose was seen for an odd day he did that last year popped in for a short while

Latin name

Anser anser

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Greylag geese are easily seen in lowland areas of the UK all year, sometimes even in suburban parks with lakes but especially on low-lying grassy fields in river valleys. Wild ones, however, are found mostly north of the Solway and can be seen at RSPB nature reserves such as Mersehead (Dumfries & Galloway), Vane Farm (Fife) and Loch of Strathbeg (Grampian) from September to April. Wild breeding greylags can be found at Forsinard (Caithnes & Sutherland).

When to see them

All year round in the south; mostly September to March or April where wild visitors appear in the north.

What they eat

Grass, roots, cereal leaves and spilled grain

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A young female Wagtail with a yellow head was very tame around the lake

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This is a winter scene at the park with a frozen lake and note all the rubbish thrown on the ice. Over the last couple of weeks we have had more bins in the lake than we have had on land

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Swans Return

 
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The swans are laying hide and seek they have not been seen for a few weeks. This week they returned and now they seem to have gone again. So lets hope they are just on their hols and come back for next year.

Friends meeting Monday 10th 5:30 at the lodge

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Xmas Lantern parade

 
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Some yobs have had fun this week throwing every dust bin they can find into the lake and smashing signs I counted at least 5 bins in the lake. The swans have left again but they seem to be going then often returning a few days later

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Buzzard in the Park

 
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The bowling hut has had the window ledges put back on after kids had wrecked it it been a while but its all done now.

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A Buzzard has been around the park this week

Family

Hawks, vultures and eagles (Accipitridae)

Overview

Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. It is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V' and the tail is fanned. Birds are variable in colour from all dark brown to much paler variations, all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail. Their plaintive mewing call could be mistaken for a cat.

Where to see them

Greatest numbers in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and SW England, but now breeding in every county of the UK. Found in most habitats particularly woodland, moorland, scrub, pasture, arable, marsh bog and villages. May even be seen in towns and cities including Glasgow. Look for birds soaring over wooded hillsides in fine weather, or perched on fence posts and pylons. In some areas they are known as the tourists’ eagle, often being mistaken for this larger bird of prey.

When to see them

All year round. Birds soar, display and call most in spring.

What they eat

Small mammals, birds and carrion. And even earthworms and large insects when other prey is in short supply.

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Autumn In The Park, On Film.

Last Sunday myself, Pretty Little Trio & Sarahs Wedding Exchange put our talents togeather and headed for Queens Park, renowned as one of the finest Parks in the North West. A traditional Victorian Park with 45 acre walkways, band stands, trees, crown green bowling, 4 1/2 acre ornamental lake, grassed areas, memorials and lakeside pavillion. A fantastic Autumn Sunday had by all.

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bonfire Night

 
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The park has been busy this week with preparation for bonfire night with the bonfire being built out of pallets on the main grass area. Fireworks have been placed on the south side of the lake ready.

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Walking around the park this caught my eye on the wall outside over the bridge by the gold club anyone know what its all about let us know

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Jax the Alaskan Malamute has decided he owns a bench in the park now. He is now 6 months old and is over 5st and expected to make 6-8 st when full grown as he has a long way to go yet. He loves everyone so its a penny a stroke LOL

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Robin ready for Xmas

 
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There has been nothing happening in the park this week a few kids around due to the holidays but as the weather has been cold very few people about. So all we have this week is a squirrel who comes and eats out of your hand. The Robin was out and about and the picture look very Xmasy  just to remind us winter is near with the clocks going back this week its seems more like winter

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cormorant returns

 
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The Cormorant has returned to do a spot of fishing this week and perched up high in the trees it does look a bit like a monster from a distance. Also back this week is the Mandarin duck in all its finery. 

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The landscape changes daily as Autumn roles on with some nice colours to be seen here its a the tree by the Burma Island bridge

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Friends of Queens Park
3rd AGM
Tuesday, 16th October 2012
West Lodge, 5.30pm


1 Chairman’s update for last year

2 Secretary's update over last year

3 Treasurer's report for last year

4 Fund Raisers report for last year

5 Fund Raising Position – nominations for position requested

6 Confirmation of Officers – Any changes called for?

 

The meeting will commence with a brief Lottery bid update
followed by AGM only – no other business

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support

 

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Wildlife at the park

 
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Some surprise visitor to the parks wild life this week first the had the cormorant pear this week its not a very good picture as you can see it was throwing it down.

A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers. It has been seen a few days fishing in the lake

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The Abacot Ranger duck   was originally produced in the UK, was even described in Feathered World's 'Ducks' (1926) - and then disappeared from the UK record. Fortunately for this attractive breed, the Germans developed the 'silver wild-colour' to perfection and maintained the Abacot Ranger or Streicher as a popular breed on the continent until its re-discovery as a distinctive breed in the UK in the 1980s.The ducks are particularly attractive. They have a 'hood' of fawn-buff feathers  (hence the name 'hooded ranger') and a creamy white body beautifully streaked and marked with colour. Like their relatives - the Campbells and Harlequins - they are very good layers. These two appeared this week and are very tame and will eat out your hand.

Autumn roles on and the first tree by the lake is now dropping leaves like mad and other trees are changing colour fast so winter is on its way. Having said that Today Sunday has been lovely as the son was out and you didnt need a coat or a brolly 

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Vandals Strike Again

 
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The Herons have been on site again this week and one is perching in a tree. They often do that but its very rare for them to do it in the park.

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We have been hit by vandals again this week when they ripped all the stones off the wall at the bottom of the lake and threw them all in the lake. They then smashed others further up and smashed the stones as well.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Baby Squirrel Stops work

 
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A crazy time this week when the gardener called me over to help as a baby squirrel had gone inside his mower as he was cutting the grass. How he didnt get cut is a miracle as you can see above he was right inside.

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We got him out and he sat on your hand and didnt want to move I had to keep and eye on him while the mowing was finished in case he went under again. Sadly a few days latter we found his body.

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The flowers in the main drive are now at there best which is a shame as any time now they have to come up to put in winter bedding. Coronation walk has been tidied up this week as well

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Bowling Hut

 
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Once again the Bowling hut has come under attack from vandals as they tried to smash the doors down this week. The window is broken and the door locks were also broken as they tried to force the door open. Today there was  tar on the windows. If anyone sees anything Dial 101 and report it straight away while there is still a park standing

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It was raining in the park so we sheltered under the bowling hut you have to remember this is a £650,000 hut not a shed from the market. Look at the 4 photos put into one the windows have a big gap under them the wood is splitting like nothing on earth not just little cracks but big uns all over. It not been up that long next time you go take a close look the joins in the wood ar eigdy pigly a kid at school could make better joints. At this rate it will fall down in a short time. if it was a shed you would take it back for a refund. The reason the kids could shack the door is because the bolt hole is to sizes to big so it has lots of play in it. The good old bowlers left it open last night as they couldnt get the door shut Well Done lads

 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Illegal Fishing Again

 
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With the summer holidays the illegal fishing has been going on again and the Police have been called several times. Lot so of notices are now displayed in the park and still they fish under the notice and let dogs off the lead. There were lots of complaints about one family who went down Tipkinder end fishing sitting right on the path and casting were all the dusks and swans are. They hooked a babies pram with the line not looking what they were doing and also another women walking her dogs. When told they got very abusive. Another lot of men threatened a pensioner with violence when he pointed out the signs. Be warned if your caught you can face  a £1,000 fine the Police will be called so make sure your children are not there fishing. The cafe had its tips stolen this week when they stole a box with £80 in it.

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One who cant read the signs was here fishing this week the Heron came back on the bottom island this time.

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The swans are still on the nest and have been there far to long unless they have laid more eggs as the normal time is 36 days but they have been there since June so there is little hope of any young. Its reported the swan has got a bit nasty and killed a duck this week and attacked the goose.

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The main flower beds are now at there best so go and take a look

 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Baby Grebe

 
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The baby Grebe is now doing well and as you can see is nearly as big as mum but still looks like a Zebra he doesnt ride on mums back any more and can dive ok by him self. Of 3 he is the only one to survive but it must be a first for the park to have a baby grebe

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Down by the small bridge new railing have gone in to stop people falling in the lake

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A memorial plaque to Charles Dick has been placed on the Monkey hut by his relation

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The vandals continue their reign of destruction here again the bowls hut has been set on fire with only minor damage this time. We have had the illegal fishermen this week with one fetching the family down and fishing near the Tipkinder end right next to the path nearly catching a baby when he cast his line out. He also left his line in when the swans swam past some thing a decant fisher man wouldnt do. The Police have been called but are reluctant to do anything when asked to speak to kids on bikes on the bowling green they didnt want to know.

 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dakar Rally enters the park

 
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People today were amazed to see the Dakar rally enter the park in fact it was two girls doing the street dance work shop who came in via Moton rd and drove down by the lake up the muddy path to the bandstand and were then going to go over the burnt bridge. How they got the car round the lake is a miracle in its own right and I am saying nothing about women drivers. LOL They did a workshop on street dance  in the cafe. The Nantwich & District Band were also playing today in the bandstand

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The destruction continued this week as the Bowls hut was attacked and all the facia was removed from the windows along with grids and drains. The playing of football on the green is still going on and the gardeners are spending lots of time repairing the green. from next week we are down to only two gardeners in the park.

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Events update

Sun 29th July
Nantwich & District Band
11am – 12.45pm
Sun 29th July
Break dancing/Street Dancing
2 x half hr spots
2pm – 4pm
Mon 6th Aug
Street Sports
1pm – 3pm
Sun 12th Aug
Punch & Judy by Ian Davies
Wed 22nd Aug
PLAY DAY in Queens Park
Play Association. All day event
Thurs 23rd Aug
Children’s Centre Events
10am – 11.30-am
Sat 25th & Sun 26th Aug
A Voice for Lions
Local talent show & events
All day event
27th & 28th Oct
Bob Fields Grands
Shanaze Reade BMX Track
Tip Kinder Park. All day event
Sat 3rd Nov
C&N Lions Fireworks Grande
Display
Evening event
Sun 16th Dec
Christmas Lantern Procession
Evening event

Message from

Elaine Dodd

Queens Park Manager

Open Space Development

01270 686708

Dear All,

May I please request that everyone forwards me a letter of support for the next Heritage Lottery Applications which is currently being complied.

Please indicate your support for the project (this is a new application so no mention to the old works should be included as this won’t be considered), indicating why you consider the works important  ie footways, accessibility, lighting level, boating platform, electric for eventing, historical features, re-introduce Coronation walk, Burma star island /memorial etc etc., information signage... or simply just to bring QP back to her original Victorian glory, securing use for future generations..... – in fact anything you consider is important to the project/park/town.

Please write on behalf of your organisation or as an individual – or both!!!

Please address to myself:

c/o Pyms Lane Depot

Pyms Lane CREWE CW1 3PJ

 

Monday, July 9, 2012

R.I.P Max

 
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Its been a sad week week this week as many of you know Max above has visited the Queens Park every day for the last few years. Many people loved him as he was so peaceful. We have had him over 8 years he was a recue dog with seven homes before us. He suffered with a rare eye complaint which meant most of his life he was going blind till in the end his vision was very small. He loved the park and often lay there while ducks pecked bread of him. This week we had to say good bye as he was in pain from his neck ,not eating, sad. He had a good life with 10 mile a day walks and he was a good dog you could leave chocolate on the low table and he wouldnt touch it. He is sadly missed.

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We have now got a Alaskan Malamute puppy Jax above he is only 9 weeks old and when full grown will be 130 lbs plus and be able to pull several tons on a sledge and will look like the dog below. Jax has his own blog as people want to know how you raise these dogs. Once he has had his injection and big enough he will be seen around the park like Max

The grebe at long last has some young just born on Saturday you wont see them unless you double click on the image and view it full screen they are two scrawny little things.

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We thought the gulls had taken the young as they dived onto the nest and flew off but I caught them  on camera and it was the last egg they got as you can see below. They are worse than vulture hovering around the nests

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The Police are now patrolling the park and they have covert operation running to catch the vandals they told me today. As normal as soon as they had left the park two 35 year olds with their wives and dog were in the park and the dog attacked the wildlife right into the lake. I pointed the sign out to them dogs must be on a lead. I was then met with the normal abuse and four letter words mind my own business get a life etc. Then one threatened to smash my head in that is the action of a sniffling coward who thinks he is big threatening a OAP. It sad when people are so sick they feel the need to pick on oap's they never know who these oap's are and may get more than they bargained for

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Arson Attack in the Queens Park

 
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The fence on Burma Island has been repaired again after people keep smashing it and we find bits in the lake.

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The big News is the burning of the Broadwalk bridge which cost £250,000. A dusbin was placed on the bridge on Friday and set on fire being a plastic bin it melted and has burnt through  the bridge.

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It looks as if its been caught in time as if the main beam was badly burnt half the bridge would have to come to bits to replace it. There was a further fire later at night in bushes. Lets hope the council now see sense and get security in the park before something else goes up.

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A new brood of baby ducks this week with a nice yellow one but after a couple of days the yellow one was gone. It could be the gulls again but wet weather wont help.

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A new plaque has been erected on the Monkey hut to Charles Dick former mayor of Crewe who help with the layout of the park

 

Monday, June 18, 2012

New railings

 
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This week new railing have gone up on all the bridges so people cant fall over the side.

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A man hole cover was removed by yobs this week leaving a big hole for people to fall down and then thrown into the lake. It weighs a ton so it must be big lads doing this

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Heston Blumenthal  popped into the cafe for one of Karens butties while channel four were down doing a programme about ice creams in the band stand about 30 people turned up on a very wet day to see the event

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The coots had three young this week but sadly by Friday they were down to just the one they do look poor little things. Some at the other end of the park have also had young and have survived so far. We suspect its gulls taking the young all the time.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Illegal Fishing in the Queens Park

 
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This week we had over 17 kids in the park illegally fishing after some of the fish that can  be seen in the lake. They can face up to a £1,000 fine and if they injure some protected wildlife it can be more. On this occasion the Police were called using the new 101 number and they responded in 30 mins and removed all the kids and adults from the park with the warning that if they are caught again they will be in big trouble. It was reported to the local PCSO who is

PCSO 20662 Andrea SMITH

Crewe Neighbourhoold Policing Team

Crewe Police Station

Civic Centre

Crewe

CW1 2DQ

Work Voice Mail Telephone Number 0845 458 6370

Work Mobile Telephone Number 07828086730

If you see in any problems in the park then call the Police. Was was surprising was an elderly man and his wife was  racing a speed boat on the lake frightening nesting birds. I showed him the signs that he shouldn't be close to the lake and got a load of abuse off him a fine example to young people. He did a runner when the Police turned up

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As well as fishing the new fence on Burma Island is being damaged and wood floating in the lake

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Everyone favourite duck the mandarin has returned this week in the form of mister angry as he just started picking on all other ducks on the lake as you can see below a right royal rumble.

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At long last the Grebe have found the bail of hay and seem to have nested on there. They have tried nesting for months but kids pinch the eggs so for once they are safe next to the island. The swan has now been on the nest on the island for a few weeks so we hope to see some young it normal takes about 36 days for the eggs to hatch.

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Channel 4  is making a major series with Heston Blumenthal which aims to bring back to life the fun and nostalgia of our favourite foods. In each episode, Heston will research one of our favourite eating experiences and put his unusual twist on them, making people take time out of their busy lives to come together as communities and rekindle their fond food memories.  He plans to not only make these meal-times innovative and delicious, but to make them supersized too – to amaze and feed the masses.

 

In this episode Heston wants to bring back the ice cream experience that we had when we were younger and this Ice Cream Olympics day is an opportunity to find out what the public remember about their favourite ice creams. We would like members of the Crewe community to come down at 2pm on Saturday June 16th  with old photographs of them or their family eating ice creams to show Heston.

Please let me know if you are able to come along and if you have anything suitable to bring – so I can let the producer know!!

Regards,

Elaine Dodd

Queens Park Manager

West Lodge, Queens Park,

Victoria Ave, Crewe  CW2 7SE

Tel:  01270 686708

 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jubilee Events in the Queens Park

 
Queens Park Events
01270 537896
www.cheshireeast.gov.uk
All events run from 2pm to 4pm unless otherwise stated

Bank Holiday Monday
4th June
Queens Park Jubilee Events
3pm
Children’s Activities
4pm
Boer War Memorial
Tribute
6pm
California Blue Band
live Band
10.15pm Lighting of Beacon
Sun 10th June
Circus Workshop 
Wed 20th June
SEALS OLYMPICNIC
in the Park
All day event
Fri  22nd June
Nordic Walking Technique
Course
Queens Park, Crewe
10.30–11.30am
Sun 17th & 24th June
Clay Modelling Workshop
West Lodge, by Sheila Blackburn,
‘Friends’ Secretary
(17th model sculpture, 24th
Painting your creation)
Fri  29th June
Nordic Walking Technique
Course
Queens Park, Crewe
10.30–12.00
Sun 1st July
Heritage Walk
by Howard Curran
Meet at Clock Tower
(max 30 persons first come basis)
Fri  6th July
Nordic Walking Technique
Course
Queens Park, Crewe 10.30–12.00
Sun 22nd July
Nantwich & District Band
Sun 29th July
Break dancing/Street Dancing
2 x half hr spots
Sat 11th & Sun 12th Aug
Bob Fields Grands
Shanaze Reade BMX Track
Tip Kinder Park. All day event
Sun 12th Aug
Punch & Judy by Ian Davies
Wed 22nd Aug
PLAY DAY in Queens Park
Play Association. All day event
Sat 25th & Sun 26th Aug
A Voice for Lions
Local talent show & events
All day event
Sat 3rd Nov
C&N Lions Fireworks Grande
Display
Evening event
Sun 16th Dec
Christmas Lantern Procession
Evening event
Kindly supported by: Crewe Trustees, Crewe & Nantwich Lions Association,
Royal British Legion Crewe Branch, Ringway Jacobs,
CEC Sports Development

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The two white ducks were back this week and on Tuesday they had 3 yellow chicks Wednesday they were down to two and by Thursday there was only one left. Lets hope this one survives what killing them we dont know but one disappeared in the day it was there at 2 pm by 5pm it had gone. People are still reporting Yobs throwing stones at young chicks so it you see this call the Police

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A baby Moorhen was trying to get back on the island this week but couldnt make it his parents were feeding him and he was hiding in bricks in  the island. Its a pity they didnt take wildlife into account when they did the islands

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A good show of rhododendrons at the park this week some here by the lake but there are others in bloom or coming into bloom

 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Swans Attacked

 
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A few report this week of people witnessing the swans being attacked by yobs. There are very stiff penalties if they are caught so if you see anyone doing this ring the Police as they are a protected bird.

What do swans eat I am often asked

So what do swans eat? The following are the common foods that most swans eat:

• Aquatic Plants - since swans spend most of their time in bodies of water like ponds and lakes, they also source out their food from here. They usually feed on stems, roots, leaves, tubers and other parts of any aquatic plants. This is not a problem for swan raised on natural bodies of water; however, people that raise their swans in man-made ponds or lakes must ensure that aquatic plants are present to serve as the swan's food.

• Insects - swans also wander on land and they can eat whatever small insect that may come into their way. This includes snails, aquatic beetles and many more. This is the intriguing part about what do swans eat; at first people thought that swans are purely herbivorous but as time passes by, it was discovered that swans also feed on small insects.

• Small Aquatic Animals - this includes shrimps, small fishes and other small aquatic animals. These aquatic animals are eaten by fully mature swans living in a natural pond or lake.

• Grains and Vegetables - this is the usual food for domesticated swans, especially those that are raised on farms. Swans on captivity feed on corns and other grains as well as on left over vegetable scraps.

Grain, such as wheat, and vegetable matter, especially lettuce and potatoes, can be fed to swans. Food should be thrown into the water to avoid encouraging the birds onto the bank.

This week 7 staff came down to put a hay bail and pallets in the lake for the swans and grebes to nest on away from the banks were they are being attacked. Above the man wades out to fit the hay.

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The swans tried it out the next day but now seem to have used it to get onto the island so lets hope they nest there safely. Hopefully they are returning in a few days with more hay for the Grebes

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The two white ducks were back again this week so we dont know were one hides but it seems to come and go maybe it has a nest close by.

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The week started off with contractors building steps by Morton Rd

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They are now finished but people with prams and disabled are not happy as now they cant get up or down.

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On Friday a 1,000 Scouts turned up for a big meeting.

 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

More Baby Chicks

 
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Its getting harder every week to find something to show from the park as no work is being done other than maintenance. So its all down to wildlife as that's all that's happening.
This week we have the Heron back on site for a few days he was getting chase doff the islands by Coats as they are nesting so he has been on the bank a lot this week.
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Mixed fortunes on the duck front another duck has sneaked young in without anyone seeing. The ones above are very young and only 3 left The ones below are a bit bigger and there are 4 of them.
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The Canadian geese have two lots one guarded by the white goose who seems to follow them everywhere and the ones above who have 9 babies out on the lake with mother and father
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Some time ago we found out about the two white ducks from the person that brought them he said.
Hi, I am a regular visitor to the park and a real wildlife enthusiast. I by chance searched for wildlife sightings at the park to see If anyone logged the comings and goings and was very pleased to find your site. The reason I wish to contact you is to shed light on the two white ducks and let you know the story as I am the guy with the pet carrier who released them. I am a former manager of Stapeley water gardens and every yr we had numerous families of ducks, sadly as I'm sure your aware Stapeley closed and last yr a lot of ponds were filled in and one duck sat on eggs basically in a building site! Sadly many of the youngsters fell prey to the local cats and mum abandoned the two remaining youngsters on their very first day in the big wide world. I rescued the pair and one of my broody hens became stepmom. My plan was always to keep them as wild as possible and release them in a safe natural environment when I believed they would have a decent chance against predators! So this is exactly what I did and couldn't think of a better place than your park where they would have a helping hand with people regularly feeding the wildfowl their plus my regular visits. I hope this is ok in hindsight maybe I should have asked permission!? They are both standard mallards whose mum was the standard brown but they obviously have something from their father or mums ancestors in their genes. On seeing them on your website and noticing the insert about them bring brought in a cage I just wanted you to know the history behind them.
Now we only have one left we dodnt know if the other has left to get married or what has happened but its not been around for a couple of weeks. They used to be cheeky and visit the gardeners hut at dinner time for butties.

 

Monday, April 30, 2012

First Baby Duck of the Year

 
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I grabbed this shot on a very very wet Sunday this is Coronation Walk Stream working not because its been fixed but the rain has been so bad but its nice to see how this should look and used to be when it worked years ago

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The Grey Wagtail has been about a lot this week and must be breading near the lake.

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Bad news on the Swans they went back to their nest by the bridge and laid eggs as you can see but latter in the week the eggs were found smashed on the bowling green. There are stiff penalties for anyone stealing eggs or hurting Swans or Grebes both are protected birds. The swans are now trying another nest but this week the Rangers are coming down on Tuesday to see if they can help we have asked for hay bails around the islands with a ramp so swans and grebe can bread by the island in safety. A Grebe laid eggs this week and in a short time they were taken. Its a very sad world when wildlife is destroyed in this way.

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On Tuesday I spotted the new chick the first this year the mother and father showed off the 11 chicks and both parents were there with them.

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Sadly by Saturday they were down to only 5 chicks they had lost some every day we dont know if its a fox or cats or kids

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The five remaining chicks on Sunday lets hope they survive but I have heard people saying do we want a duck so maybe someone is taking them home not the thing to do with wild ducks and they need their mother at this stage. If you see anyone hurting any wildlife in the park call the Police.

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Swans Nesting

 
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This poor old squirrel was out and about this week as you can see its had its tail ripped of by something but its still cheeky coming for its nuts on the seat while you sit there

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Last week the swans built a nest by the Tipkinder bridge but they have abandoned it and started again down by the golf coarse end of the lake. I suppose they have been disturbed down the other end as we have had lots of reports of yobs chasing the ducks recently. The problem were they have started again is people let dogs off the lead down there and its quite for the yobs to mess about. Swans and Grebe are protected birds and its illegal to steal eggs disturb them etc  and heavy penalties if you are caught.

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The Grebes are still about up to five some days. They to are trying to breed but cant find anywhere to do it. They are very hard to take pictures of as they are the same colour as the water and even professional book show poor pictures of them. This week I got lucky when they came close under the bridge with the sun in the right spot and a calm water day.

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The menace of dogs off the lead

As you can see people are still letting dogs off the lead these people visit regular and never have it on a lead or pickup after it. They take it off the lead around the childs play area were it can carry disease  or jump pup and injure a child. One women this week had 6 Jack Russell's off the lead and when I told her I was ignored. If these dogs attack a swan or a Grebe it can be shot.

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The tulips are just coming out by the lodge this week and not long before they are taken up in time for the new display for the Queens Jubilee flower display which will have to be in soon

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Greylag goose arrives in the Queens Park

 
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This week a Greylag goose arrived in the park.

The ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe. In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame and uninspiring. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese.

Where to see them

Greylag geese are easily seen in lowland areas of the UK all year, sometimes even in suburban parks with lakes but especially on low-lying grassy fields in river valleys. Wild ones, however, are found mostly north of the Solway and can be seen at RSPB nature reserves such as Mersehead (Dumfries & Galloway), Vane Farm (Fife) and Loch of Strathbeg (Grampian) from September to April. Wild breeding greylags can be found at Forsinard (Caithnes & Sutherland).

When to see them

All year round in the south; mostly September to March or April where wild visitors appear in the north.

What they eat

Grass, roots, cereal leaves and spilled grain

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Also back this week is the Heron looking for some fish he hasnt been for a fair few weeks

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Squirrels have been about this week as well begging for food

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On Wednesday the swans were messing about near Tipkinder bridge and by Friday it was evident they had built a nest as the swan above was sitting on it being very protective. This could be a problem give the yobs who chase ducks etc as if they mess with a swan which is a royal bird they can fight back. They dont know Kung Fu but an ancient art called I Peck You. You are advised to walk past them very quietly as they are right next to the path if you let kids make a lot of noise they may get chased off. 

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The poor old Grebe is having less luck as here they are building a nest close to the bank only to have it destroyed by kids once again we want desperately to get some hay bails next to the island were they can nest in peace. Bo the Grebe and swans are protected birds and heavy fines if you attack them. The local Police have been around this week after complaints of kids throwing at ducks and attacking them lets hope they keep up the patrols

 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter

 
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Easter comes to the Queens Park and the weather has been against it with it being cold and damp there hasnt been a lot of people in the park. The Coronation Walk has had another tidy up this week and they were going to try and get the pump working for the stream. This week the yobs have tried to break into the bowling hut and with kids being off school everything is getting thrown into the lake.

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FREE Easter Entertainment at
The Pickle Jar at the Lakeside Pavilion this weekend:
GOOD FRIDAY 1pm – 4pm
Soprano Linda Race sings songs from the musicals
EASTER SATURDAY 1pm – 4pm
Three live Acoustic acts
EASTER SUNDAY 1.30pm – 4pm
The Kipling singers
group singing musical songs in harmony
EASTER MONDAY 1pm – 4pm
... Singer songwriter Clare Pritchard from Chester.
with Guitarist- singing a wide range of popular songs
Plus, Children's Bonnet Parade & Egg Hunt

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Wildlife this week is the same game with the grebes one day there is one next day there is five. The swans are also down to just two this week the other may have gone to find a mate. Still some Robins about

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There now seems to be a lot of nuthatches breading in the park I managed to get two pictures of them entering the nest in one tree if you look at the full size picture you can see one inside the nest. They are in several trees around the park being so small they are hard to see and get a picture of

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Nuthatch moves in

 
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A few Nuthatch's have moved in and are breeding in  the park this week. being small they are hard to see as they move about quickly and even harder to take photos of. They are the only British bird that walks down a tree forward.

Latin name

Sitta europaea

Family

Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Overview

The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill, and short legs. It breeds in central and southern England and in Wales, and is resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch.

Where to see them

Best looked for in mature woods and established parkland in central and southern England and Wales, on the sides of tree trunks and underside of branches. Occasional sightings in Scotland.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, hazel nuts, acorns, beechmast and other nuts and seed.

 

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They are still a fair few squirrels about this week enjoying the sunshine

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All so seen this week the peacock butterfly

Peacocks hibernate through the winter and can be seen in the coldest winter months, although most individuals become active in late March and April. As well as being a harbinger of the coming spring, Peacock butterflies are interesting in many other ways. They are probably the longest-lived butterflies in Britain, with adults surviving from late July, well into the following spring, perhaps into June. Thus, contrary to popular belief that butterflies only live for a few days, some Peacocks may live to see their 11th month (albeit having spent five or six months of their adult lives asleep in hibernation).


The Peacock butterfly has fared well in recent years. Not only has it increased in distribution, pushing northwards in northern England and central Scotland, but populations have also increased significantly in size at sites monitored by butterfly transects. It is even emerging from hibernation earlier than it was 20 years ago. There is little shortage of food for the black, spiny Peacock caterpillars, which feed primarily on Common (stinging) Nettle, and it seems highly probable that the good fortunes of this butterfly are due to climate change.

Although a common visitor to garden buddleias, particularly in the autumn whilst building up fat reserves for hibernation, Peacocks are nomadic butterflies that range widely though the countryside. They often find their preferred breeding habitats (large nettle beds in sheltered but sunny situations) in the shelter of woodland clearings, rides and edges.

The Peacock's name comes directly from that of its avian namesake, thanks to the similarity between the eye patterns on the bird's tails and those on the butterfly's wings. As long ago as the late 1600s, the butterfly was called the Peacock's Eye. Even the scientific name of the butterfly is derived from a Greek myth involving a Peacock bird.

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I was amused to see the coot out of the water as he seems to have grown massive feet like a clown

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The main drive is at its spring best with the hyacinths out in full bloom this week

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There is still life in the old daffs by the main drive along with the blossom on the trees

 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Big clean up at the Queens Park

 
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The grebe have had us all guessing this week first there were two then four and at one point 5 grebes on the lake yesterday only two could be seen. They keep diving and bringing up weed. They can be nasty little things when a duck get in the way they charge with their very sharp pointed beaks like a torpedo

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The moorhen is also send everyone off  the island so it look like its breading time for them

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Surprisingly for this time of year there are a lot of lady birds about and as you can see so are the green fly's

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Even the humble pigeon is out and about and very tame coming down for the bread and seed

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There ahs been a lot of work done this week by all the bridges to stop the shear drops leading to them as tons of top soil has been used to make the bank safe. I think clay would have been better with a bit of top soil

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The activity is partly due to the lottery visiting next week about a future grant to finish the paths etc. So lets hope we get it  but it will be to late for this year as the bid doesnt go in until June. Also this week the cafe has been broken into at night if you saw anything let the Police know

 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Grebe and Barnacle goose return

 
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All in one day this week the grebe returned. You may remember last year we had for the first time a breading pair who laid eggs but they were destroyed. So far we have only spotted the one grebe lets hope he bring his mate with him and hopefully bread this year.

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The Barnacle goose also returned this week. It very strange as normally they only come in winter and no further south than Scotland. I think this one has got confused and now thinks he is a Canadian goose.

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The wild life is picking up with the chaffinch seen below. There are lots of tits and finch currently in the park along with other birds. We say a strange site this week as a rook took a magpie out of the sky just like a bird of prey and he had it pinned down as his mate joined in luckily the magpie escaped

The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Swans Return

 
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The saga of the swans is like a soap  show this week the other two swans have returned so we are now back to three swans but who knows what happens next week?

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There are signs of wildlife getting ready for spring and matting the Geese are splashing about and showing off a lot and other seem to be pairing up ready.

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Up near the bandstand there are gangs of Magpies but they tend to stay in that area

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Also in that area are robins and you can see the bush he is on showing new buds coming showing spring is on its way. There are snow drops crocus and daffs out as well.

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The maintenance  area has had new gates put it this week

 

 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Remembrance plaques

 
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There is not really anything happening in the park the lake has been frozen over and today the yobs have been throwing all the dustbins into the lake along with anything else they can find..

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While it was nothing else was happening I took the opportunity of taking pictures of all the plaques on benches in the park. These of coarse were once someone's loved ones who wanted them remembered for ever but with vandals and old age they are being lost so now they are saved in another format.

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If anyone has any info on any of the families on them please let us know as most are unknown. You may need to double click on the pictures to see them full screen to read them all.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

New out door classroom

 
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An exciting project got underway this week with local children using the Queens Park as a classroom. With the help of the Friends of Queens Park children learnt a lot of skills in a real environment. It covered everything from measuring the clock tower, how to find north, centrifugal force  and how it effects the play area, wild life and much more. Some of the activities and work sheets are here.

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The children seem to like the fun element of learning outside as it was a nice sunny day and its hoped there will be a lot more use of the park.

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About the only part of the park fenced off now is the boat jetty but these people didnt take the hint they broke down the barrier and took very young children right on the waters edge to get around the barrier which is there for their safety.

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The Grey wagtail was spotted on the lodge roof this week

The grey wagtail is more colourful than its name suggests with slate grey upper parts and distinctive lemon yellow under-tail. Its tail is noticeably longer than those of pied and yellow wagtails. They have gradually increased their range in the past 150 years and in the UK have expanded into the English lowlands from the northern and western uplands. They are badly affected by harsh winters, and because of recent moderate declines it is an Amber List species.

Where to see them

Found over most of the UK, with the exception of the Northern and western isles of Scotland. Likes fast flowing rivers in summer their greatest densities are in the hills of England, Scotland and Wales. In winter they can be seen around farmyards and lowland streams, even in city centres. Scarce in central and eastern England in summer and from upland areas in winter.

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The coot took time out to sun bath this week we dont very often see them on the paths but he seemed to like the sunny weather

Monday, January 2, 2012

Dogs Menace

 
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Happy New year to all our readers and the start of a new year in the park. I am getting a lot of complaints about idiots with dogs not on the lead. Often these dogs run about terrorising other dogs or wildlife. The picture above is an idiot with the dog off the lead chasing all the ducks showing no concern for anyone else or the wildlife. If you say anything to most of these people you just get a mouthful off them. I spotted a well know councillor walking her dog off the lead  the other day and then panic when I approached with my dog who was on the lead.

It very dangerous to let dogs loose in the park and people often do it on the childs play area the dogs maybe friendly but can jump up and knock a small child over. Again we need wardens there to stop this happening