There is always more going on in your local country park than you think although many people only really look at what is right in front of them. On yet another visit to Hylands Park in glorious sunny weather I noticed yet more wildlife among the already noted duck,moorhens,carrion crows and gulls.
This time I saw what looked like roach and even tried to photograph some as they fed on my bread. Then on my bread bag which also probably had banana residue on I managed to take a photo of a fly as it enjoyed a feed. Hylands Park has over 574 acres of parkland, including an ancient woodland, grassland, ponds, lakes and formal gardens.
Part of the Hylands Park Estate, the landscape includes ancient woodland, grassland, lakes, ponds and gardens. It was designed by Humphrey Repton and is home to some fantastic trees including veteran oaks and the British Champion Pyrenean Oak.
Many people know Hylands Park as a site for major events such as the annual V-Festival, but in fact it is an historic park offering a great deal for anyone interested in wildlife. Add to this some flower-rich grassland, a number of ponds and a stretch of the River Wid.
A circular walk took me around the fringes and through the best wildlife habitats although a little muddy there is also a network of surfaced paths. The largest wood, South Wood, is former coppice rich in flowers, including large numbers of early purple orchids. Great crested newts occupy some of the ponds and the Serpentine Lake. Fallow deer often graze within the park too.