|Posted by Ian Cannons on February 12, 2019 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Friends of Eastcliff
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 19:30-21:00
TAAG Arts & Community Centre 4/5 Northumberland Place, TQ14 8DD Teignmouth
All are welcome. If you are not a member you can join on the night
WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU BEFORE THE MEETING
Do you have any comments or suggestions about the the work we do in The Dell or The Orchard? Do you have any planting suggestions? Is there anything we're getting wrong?
Would you like more information about the agenda?
Do you have any nominations for the committee?
I would also appreciate it if you would let me know if you are thinking of coming to the AGM, just for an idea of numbers
|Posted by Ian Cannons on January 30, 2019 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
27 January 2019
This was something different for The Friends of Eastcliff Park: we don't usually work in the Rowdens, outside of The Orchard. The aim was to uncover the big rhododendrons on the lawn.
I can just about remember how it was when I was a school there nearly fifty years ago. There was a big island of rhodies without the brambles and scrubby trees. We won't be able to wind the clock right back but there should be a much better show of flowers this year.
A big thank you to everyone who turned out.
Below: working on Sunday, 27 January 2019
|Posted by micky brown on January 15, 2019 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
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If you are walking past the 5 oaks in the middle of the park, look across the path to the other side and you will see a couple of damaged trees. These are badger scratching posts. The tree at the front has much fresher damage. I took some photos.
You can clearly see the claw marks. There have been badger sets next to the fields above the park for many years and this may be a way of marking their boundary.
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|Posted by micky brown on January 14, 2019 at 4:05 PM||comments (1)|
Just had this message for a snake spotter-
Whilst walking today at 1pm in Eastcliff I nearly trod on a snake at least 3ft in length, green in colour, maybe a grass snake but looked online only 2ft in length this snake was at least 3 ft and 30mm thick, never seen anything like it in uk, please inform dog walkers as it may not be native to uk, looked online all day nothing like this native.
|Posted by micky brown on October 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Around about 5pm on the last few evenings there has been a flock (called a charm) of Goldfinches arriving in the park before they go off to roost. If you want to see them, they congregate in the tallest tree right at the top of the park. They flock together in small groups of half a dozen or so and chatter about the days business and where they found the best food etc. Then they fly off and get together with other groups and come back a minute or so later with an even bigger flock. They keep on doing this until by about 5.15 tonight there were now just two flocks of about 100 each in and out of the tree all chattering away. Small groups then split up and start heading off to roost. I don't know where but they all headed North in the direction of Dawlish. By 5.30 they were all gone and it was quiet again.
|Posted by micky brown on September 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Devon Rocks and Stones
This group has a facebook page, and has been set up for the people of Devon to have great fun with or without the kids, decorating, hiding and hunting rocks, to let you bring out your artistic side as well as getting out in the fresh air. You can paint some rocks or stones with what ever design you want, also write on the back (post a picture on devon rocks and stones ) then hide them somewhere for people to find, also can you post a picture of the rocks you're hiding and the area you are hiding them, so people know where to look
Some of them have been turning up in the park.
Here are three that I have found -
If you find any in the park please send us some pics before you post them on their website, and remember to hide them again in another part of Devon.
We have started our own photo album containing these brightly coloured stones. More have been added. Just go to our Contact page to tell us your finds.
|Posted by micky brown on September 2, 2018 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
A couple of weeks ago you may have seen the machinery in the park cutting the hay.
If you have wondered what happened to it, the clue is in the notice that went up at the Dawlish Countryside Park.
Opened in 2017, this 65 acre countryside park is a public open space with wild countryside and walks. It is home to native species including wildflower grassland, scrub and woodland, and native wildlife, such as cirl buntings.
The grassland will be managed as hay meadows packed with colourful wildflowers and bustling with butterflies, with mown paths for exploring and shorter strips for throwing a ball.
It is still being developed, and so there are still huge open areas for dogs to run and run and run!
Part of it's development is to put in wild flower areas and that is where our hay has been important. The notice below shows the areas where our hay has been spread.
|Posted by micky brown on July 18, 2018 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Masses of ladybird larva have arrived in the park.
Many people have said they haven't seen many ladybirds this summer. Well it looks as though they are on their way. I noticed, while clearing some nasturtium plants that were looking the worse for wear from the orchard in the park, that they were full of blackfly. The blackfly had been able to eat and breed in peace due to the spell of hot dry weather and lack of rain to wash them away.
Then I spotted all the ladybird grubs. But after checking online I found they were not the British ladybird larva, they were the harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) larva.
The photo above are of just a few that fell from the Nasturtium plants.
Harlequin ladybirds are an invasive species which has been spreading north and west throughout the UK since it was first sighted in the south east of England in 2004. The native larvae are a paler grey than the harlequin larvae which are more spiky looking, with much longer legs.
After a female lays her eggs, they will hatch in between three and ten days, depending on ambient temperature. The larva will live and grow for about a month before it enters the pupal stage, which lasts about 15 days. After the pupal stage, the adult ladybug will live up to one year. They can eat upto 60 greenfly in a day.
The hot summer of 1976 is remembered as a particularly good year for ladybirds, with swarms of them infesting towns and cities across the UK.
The group noun for ladybirds is a "loveliness"
So it could be that very soon we will be invaded with a loveliness of ladybirds.
|Posted by micky brown on June 17, 2018 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
A Bit Boring
Just to let you know that contractor Arcadias will be on site in near future to create an additional small borehole on behalf of Network Rail.
This is necessary safety work and has been planned to minimise impact upon the park.
They will, as before, gain access via The Rowdens cul de sac and across the top meadow.
If park staff deem it necessary they will lay a protective trackway but this can if dry be unnecessary/counterproductive.
We have just received notification that this will now be starting on the 2nd July. They have booked two weeks but anticipate it should only take one.
photo taken during the last boring job
|Posted by micky brown on March 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Not such a fun guy!
Meripilus giganteus. A serious root rotting fungus that attacks Beech trees has been found in our park. It was spotted a couple of years ago on the lawn at the back of Rowdens House emerging from the roots of an established Beech tree.
Meripilus giganteus is a polypore fungus in the family Meripilaceae. It causes a white rot in various types of broadleaved trees, particularly beech (Fagus). This bracket fungus, commonly known as the giant polypore or black-staining polypore, is often found in large clumps at the base of trees, although fruiting bodies are sometimes found some distance away from the trunk, parasitizing the roots. It is recognizable by the large, multi-capped fruiting body, as well as its pore surface that quickly darkens black when bruised or injured.
Now that the the root system has been damaged, there was concern that the tree may fall in a strong wind and cause injury.
It was decided to fell the tree.
UPDATE..... 24TH AUGUST 2018
The branches have been taken away but the fungus is back with a vengence.