Park is far from devoid of wildlife
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