We have some sad/bad news to report.
There have been at least 8 dead hedgehogs in the park over the last week or so.
We don’t believe their deaths have been natural, nor do we believe they have been killed by a fox, badger or dog. We will not be posting details of their apparent injuries or other details as it would be too upsetting for people. We just want to make you aware so that if you see a hedgehog in distress you can perhaps report it?
It is nice to know that there are (or were) so many hedgehogs in the park. Lets hope they go into hibernation soon so that some may survive until next year.
(This is not a photo in the park – merely an illustration of how sweet they are).
If you didn’t know already – you do now: Dogs MUST be kept on a lead around the lake areas.
One of the anglers has had to clear up the mess left behind when a dog attacked and killed a gosling. This is just not on. Not nice for children to witness; not nice for the geese parents to witness and definitely not nice for the gosling that was attacked and killed.
KEEP DOGS ON LEADS NEAR THE LAKES AND NEAR ANY WILDFOWL.
It’s not rocket science.
NOTE: Over the years we have been involved with the park we have had FIVE Black swans killed by dogs not on a lead. That is why we no longer have any black swans in the park.
Friday night saw our first graffiti attack in the last 15 years but the park has always been susceptible to someone having a bad day armed with a can of spray paint.
It is a shame but it is something that we come expect during school holidays
It’s that time of the year again when we have a lot of goslings and ducklings in the park. So, a request please that dogs owners keep their dogs on a lead near the lake. We were down this early morning checking the new tarmac and saw one owner allowing their dog to chase geese.
The geese can fly off but the goslings can’t. We would remind people it is an offence to allow their dog to worry wildlife in the park.and the area is also subject of a Public Space Protection Order – which means that dogs must be kept on a lead on the paths around the lake. A fixed penalty ticket can be issued in these circumstances. We have asked the council for increased enforcement.
The lake side and childrens play areas are the only places in the park where dogs should be on a lead. This is reasonable, the park is massive and there is room for everyone.
We thank everyone for their co-operation.
In 2017 15 healthy and substantial Lime trees were delivered to the old council depot o Barnby Dun Road. They remained there until early 2017 and appeared to have been forgotten.
Early in 2018 FoSP volunteers asked the council what the trees were for and could Sandall park benefit from them if they were not needed. DMBC stated that the trees were destined for a project in Tickhill. The trees remained in the depot throughout 2018.
In February and march 2019 more requests were made to the Council about the trees. Then at the beginning of April 2019 to the horror of our volunteers, they discovered that all 15 of the Lime trees the trees had been sawn off at the base.
The Council claim that the trees would not have survived being planted – we don’t believe them!