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Walk in the Willows

May 30, 2014 – 12:49 pm |

Picking up pieces to attach to their ‘crazy crowns’ on the way, the kids’ wandered over to the Willow huts this morning as part of our Half Term activity, ‘Wands in the Willows’. The weather …

Turtle Doves return!

May 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm |

 
At the start of May, we heard about the upcoming, petition-lead referendum in Malta to end Spring hunting of birds like Turtle Doves (‘Turtle Doves – will they return?’) and Bob Hook has got some …

Wings to the wall

May 21, 2014 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

 
It was only last week that I found myself in the lovely new bird hide admiring stunning views across the Pillinge lake. As I glanced over to the artificial sand martin wall I noticed a …

Need some Half Term activity inspiration?

May 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm |

May Half Term – the sometimes-sunny-sometimes-chilly stepping stone between Easter and Summer holidays. Often sandwiched between excessive amounts of exams for older kids, this is the last port of call before a long summer of …

Fundraising in the First World War

May 20, 2014 – 12:00 pm |

August will mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War – a battle that witnessed global carnage on a scale few could have imagined. Britain lost just under a million young lives …

Volunteers AGM

May 15, 2014 – 11:43 am | One Comment

This week we hosted our Annual General Meeting for the (newly titled) Forest of Marston Vale Volunteers and we’d like to thank the 30+ people who attended – staff and volunteers alike – for the …

Sowing seeds to remember

May 14, 2014 – 10:01 am | One Comment

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row….” (Lt. Colonel John McCrae)
The aim of The Royal British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary …

Dragonfly emerging

May 13, 2014 – 8:51 am |

A class of children from Richmond Hill school were visiting us this week and got a very exciting surprise when they were pond dipping. One eagle eyed child spotted a newly hatched dragonfly clinging to …

Get on yer’ bike…

May 13, 2014 – 8:49 am | One Comment

In case you haven’t noticed us mentioning it before, this Friday is National Bike to Work day – perfect for those who live close enough to work; perhaps not so much for those who commute …

Wind turbine now spinning!

May 9, 2014 – 12:37 pm |

 

If you’ve been to the Forest Centre or come past the area in the past 24 hours then you may have noticed our wind turbine is now spinning around at full speed! This happened yesterday …

Glossy Ibis

May 7, 2014 – 7:00 pm |

Exciting news – we’ve recently spotted our first ever Glossy Ibis in the Millennium Country Park, which is only the third time on record for Bedfordshire!
Bob Hook explains – “Obviously there has been a marked …

Still time to catch the chorus

May 7, 2014 – 5:30 pm | 2 Comments

If you missed last Saturday’s bird walk, you missed a cracker! And if you regret that, there’s still time to hear the glory of a dawn chorus in the Country Park, albeit at a slightly …

Hurrah for the harrier

May 7, 2014 – 12:56 pm |

One of the key species that the Park reedbeds hoped to attract when they were designed in the 1990s, was marsh harrier. Increasingly, with the maturity of the reedbeds marsh harriers sightings have become more …

Dawn chorus chiller

May 6, 2014 – 8:44 am |

At 3.15am on Saturday, still warm from bed, adding a third pullover seemed unnecessary but I’m glad I did. It was windscreen scrapingly cold. By the time I reached the Forest Centre at 4.15am there …

Volunteer profile #3 – Satisfying!

May 2, 2014 – 11:36 am |

Rose started volunteering here on Reception last summer after moving to the area, and simply “wanting something to do.” Not only has she volunteered here at the Forest Centre but she has also helped at …

Turtle Dove – will they return?

May 1, 2014 – 7:00 pm |

Each spring the gentle purring of the Turtle Dove returns to the park. Since the park opened in 2000 it has been a site where Turtle Doves could be seen and indeed regularly breed. In …

Why buying a sofa can stop Ash Dieback

May 1, 2014 – 3:36 pm |

Ash Dieback is a pretty big deal right now – with the Guardian claiming up to 75% of Ash trees will be affected over the coming years, there’s evidently a lot of pressure for people …



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