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Hyde Park Parakeet Safari

 

Get up close and personal with these friendly, cute and plucky newcomers.  The Hyde Park parakeets are very tame.  Their favourite foods are shelled unsalted peanuts, sunflower seeds and apples.  I will bring a large bag of shelled peanuts to share with you.  As for us humans there are a number of café’s open in the park offering take away food and drink.  

Obviously this event will depend on government restrictions and the weather.  Check back closer to the date of the event.

The parakeets hang out close to the Serpentine (more accurately called ‘Long Water’) just a short distance from the Peter Pan statue when walking from the Italian Gardens.  Another way of describing this spot is on the opposite side of the serpentine from the Henry Moore statue.  On Google map https://goo.gl/maps/qhWkmez7kiep1Jp29 .

The earliest sighting of a flock of parakeets was in 1855 in Norfolk, and parakeets were also seen in Dulwich in 1893 and Brixton in 1894 so the urban myths about being released from film sets or by musicians as a publicity stunt are somewhat moot.  Parakeet numbers rocketed about fifteen years ago, know one quite knows why.  They are found mainly in cities, probably because of the availability of an easy meal from garden bird feeders.

Thy are classed as a pest and have damaged grape and apple crops in the countryside.  Attempts have been made to control their numbers by shooting but to no avail.  They are clever and recognise humans that are likely to do them harm, in some countries farmers have taken to wearing discuses so as to get a clear shot at them.  Parakeet numbers are increasing and they are moving north at a steady rate.  Originally from the foothills of the Himalayas and southern India (the UK has its own hybrid subspecies) the UK winter is quite mild by comparison.

The Parakeets don’t seem to have much impact on native species but this may change as their numbers grow.  One issue is that they roost in their thousands and the noise is intolerable.  I had one squawk close to my ear when it was sitting on my shoulder and I estimate it to be in the region of 90db. I can only imagine just how loud a thousand of these rascals can be.

Sunday 14th Mar, 2021
Hyde Park

Bluebell Picnic Walk

Weather permitting we will have a picnic in a bluebell woods close to Tring station.  After a short work of about one and a half miles, passing through the instagrammable village of Aldbury, we will enter the woods and find a quiet spot for a picnic.  There are a few (mercifully) short stretches that are quite steep and can be muddy so sensible footwear is the order of the day as is a reasonable level of fitness. 

The attached  map shows the route into the woods but the exact spot will not be known until we find it!  To the north of our likely spot is the Bridgewater Monument where toilets and a café can be found.  

The date may change due to weather and other restrictions on movement and such.

Bring something to sit on and food for yourself and some to share.   

Bridgewater Monument
The monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. As you walk around its York stone base, notice how the monument is dedicated to 'the father of inland navigation' because the duke became famous for building canals during the Industrial Revolution.
 
Climb to the top
During weekends from April to October we open up the monument and invite you to take the challenge of climbing all 172 steps to the top. As you scale the winding steps, take time to feel the rough cold blocks of granite and peek through the windows as you leave the ground behind.

Sunday 25th Apr, 2021
Tring Station

Roy's Art Fair

Original site https://www.roysartfair.com/bargehouse-oxo-tower-london.php

London’s largest free art fair that provides affordable space for artists and a relaxed, community atmosphere for visitors returns to Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf . Bringing you 80 artists, doodle room and free workshops for visitors to try their hand at being an artist, live artwork and exclusive print releases from special guest artists. A friendly and engaging event for all ages to enjoy.

Oxo Tower Wharf is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders. Coin Street Community Builders is a social enterprise and our aim is to make our neighbourhood a great place to live, work in, and visit. www.coinstreet.org

Thursday 27th May, 2021
Bargehouse