Sunday, 19 April 2015

Inside the wildlife garden

 Early Friday morning I finally got into the wildlife garden in Ellington Park.  It has been an interesting wait, watching each new development.  Digging the pond, laying out paths, planting a hedge, the placing of the seats and bug  
hibernation boxes and the dogs.  

 There are several different dogs, the first one (see above) I had thought was made of wicker - it is iron, beautiful rusty iron and the breed of dog is on its collar.  There are a couple of stone dogs, a wooden one, one chasing a squirrel up a tree and two made from moss stuffed frames (see below).

 One of the many benches.  The Friends of Ellington Park have not made the mistake that other wildlife refuges have made - here there is plenty of seating essential for watching wildlife.
 The pond is already beginning to look very good.  I have often seen birds enjoying a drink and I was pleased to see lots of tadpoles swimming around this morning.

 Once off the slightly raised 'all weather' walkway the log edged grass paths meander about, past the dogs and the seats.


 As well as the bug cube and the other hideholes created for the creepycrawlies by one of the seats some pots of herbs have been planted - rosemary and lavendar should provide food for bees.

I cannot have been the only person who had struggled with the gates because by today there was a note on both gates explaining how to get through the child proof gates.
This squirrel was in the other side of the park.  He seemed almost determined to have his picture taken, remaining quiet close to the path letting me close enough to take lots of photos.

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