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Brentwood and Billericay - Wildlife Walk at Bedfords Park

Posted: Monday 16th October 2017 by Brentwood and Billericay Local Group

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Unseasonal weather brought some late wildlife sightings last Saturday 14th October

Only a small group ventured into the London Borough of Havering for a walk round this council-managed Park on a mild, but only occasionally sunny, autumn morning. Recent weather conditions had discouraged the early arrival of winter visitors but large areas of scrub, woodland and meadow seemed to provide plenty of habitat for resident birds. Even common species were hard to find however.

To compensate for the lack of birds we did see several species of fungi and also rather more flowers than might have been expected. A few late butterflies, including speckled wood and large white, were still on the wing along with a larger number of dragonflies, particularly near the fishing lake.

After about 2 ½ hours we headed for a lunchtime snack at the EWT-run Visitor Centre and, as we sat on the terrace eating our sandwiches, we were treated to the sight of a buzzard in the sky above us.

Paul Hudson


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