Park is far from de­void of wildlife

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Your cor­re­spon­dent Brian Trelfer com­mented about the lack of wildlife in Queen Mother’s Park (July 11). On Satur­day, I passed a very pleas­ant hour in the park and recorded 17 dif­fer­ent species of birds.

On the river, there were two ju­ve­nile grey wag­tails (not the com­moner pied wag­tail.)

I fre­quently see the adults in the same spot. A moorhen and chick were on the float­ing lily pads.

My list in­cluded two jays, a black­cap, a sedge war­bler, two chif­fchaffs, a gar­den war­bler, song thrush, goldfinches, green­finches, house spar­rows and star­lings.

Dozens of bum­ble­bees of at least five dif­fer­ent species were feed­ing on a va­ri­ety of flow­ers. I saw comma, small tor­toise­shell, skip­per and meadow brown but­ter­flies. Drag­on­flies in­cluded the stun­ning banded de­moi­selles danc­ing above the fish in the river. Rab­bits ran over the grass.

So per­haps this area is not so de­void of wildlife af­ter all?

In my view this lo­cal na­ture re­serve, which is a very im­por­tant part of Ash­ford’s green cor­ri­dor, is a com­pro­mise be­tween closely mown ar­eas for adults and chil­dren to en­joy and a more nat­u­ral wildlife area. Heather Silk Tad­worth Road, Ken­ning­ton

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