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).
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!
A pair of Gadwall ducks have been spotted on the lake today. Any photo’s would be appreciated.
Yesterday saw a busy day for volunteers in the park with half a dozen completing a whole range of jobs including litter picking, storing bird food, handing out bird food, painting the boat, gardening and sorting the willow tunnel.
Our thanks to everyone who took part. This will be a regular Monday feature in the park – join us 10am in the main car park.
If you spot a blur of a high viz jacket – that’ll be us!
There was a flurry of bird watching activity opposite the park near McDonalds roundabout this afternoon when a flock of Waxwings were spotted nearby.
Our thanks to Emily Grant for these great pictures.