We have spent a lot of time outside this week. One of the consequences of this is that I have been too tired in the evening to blog so I thought I would do a round-up post of all the fun we have had.
On Monday while Jasmine and Thomas were at Forest School, Gordon, Ben and I went to Richmond Park. We decided to go to Pen Ponds, as I thought we might see some water birds nesting or even with young. It was a beautiful sunny day and we didn’t have to go far before we saw ducklings!
We only had an hour to explore so we walked a little way around the pond and although we didn’t see any more ducklings, the views are wonderful so we enjoyed the walk. On the way back to the car, Ben kept himself occupied jumping in puddles and running through mud!
On Tuesday we went to WWT London. After going several times in the space of a couple of weeks after we first got membership, we haven’t been for a few weeks now so we were keen to see what changes we could spot in the flora and fauna. We started off on the South Route, stopping at the pond dipping area to look at the underwater camera and then walked around the lagoon to the Peacock Tower where we stopped and did some bird watching. The kids had been a little tetchy at times during the morning so I wasn’t sure we’d manage to stay in the hide for long but once we were in there, they were really keen and we managed to see a good selection of birds, two highland cows (kept to help maintain the grass areas!) and see out a rain shower!
On the walk back to the entrance we saw two herons fly overhead and land in a pond right next to us! It was amazing to see!
After a stop for ice cream we just had time to walk along the West Route to the Wildside, to see if we could spot any nesting birds or Spring insects. We weren’t disappointed with the birds and we saw a Canada Goose, Coot and Swan all on a nest, but we didn’t manage to spot any dragonflies as we’d hoped.
As we left the Wildside we walked past the otter enclosure on the way out, and we were really lucky that the otters were out! Obviously we had to stop and watch them for a few minutes before heading home.
On Wednesday we did our Spring Nature walk, which you can read all about here. The kids took their cameras out to the local ecology centre to photograph signs of Spring. Of course, looking for these signs meant hunting for toads and newts and peering into the pond!
Thursday and Friday we spent at home and in the garden. Our Insectlore butterflies began emerging from their chrysalides and we were thrilled to be in the right place at the right time for the second and watched it enter the world!
And then finally today we went to the May Fair at Morden Hall Park. We have been to the fair for the last two years so the kids know what they want to do before we have even get there! The highlight of previous fairs for them was the Bumper Boats – think little powered boats in a big paddling pool, each with a squirter so they can soak each other! They have been talking about these boats all week, but when we got there today there were no Bumper Boats to be found! Luckily, the disappointment was short lived and they soon found other activities to keep themselves occupied.
They rode mini jeeps, stroked a ferret, watched the entertainer, saw birds of prey, went on the trampoline, held rabbits and guinea pigs, won toys, dug for a badge at the National Trust stand and ate some delicious fudge. What a great day!