Waders of the Park

Continuing our maintenance programme for the Pond and surrounding Meadow ………..

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 On Sunday 26th October we began preparations for Spring 2015.  We were very disappointed that the Parks and Open Spaces Department of Royal Greenwich had not yet arranged for the surrounding meadow to be cut .  We were therefore unable to rough rake the meadow and sow wildflower seeds.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200Hopefully the Parks and Open Spaces Department will be able to allocate staff as soon as possible.  However, with the worsening weather, and the small number of FOEP volunteers, it may not now be possible to sow the seeds before winter is upon us.

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Unable to work on the meadow, we turned our attention to the wildlife pond, but this time we were prepared!

We had FULL LENGTH WADERS !    Only two volunteers tried on the waders and “got stuck in” (thankfully not literally) thinning out pond vegetation, and two of us stayed on land clearing the meadow and collecting litter hidden in the dense growth.

Although there were only four of us, we did make a difference and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.   The waders were a great success!    Here are a few photos/video of the team hard at work.

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So what’s next …….

Providing the weather is favourable (or at least reasonable !), we are hoping to be able to have one more session to thin out the pond vegetation. However we are not sure whether we will be able to make further progress with the meadow preparations.

The provisional date for our last session is SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER between 10.30 am and 12.30/1.00 pm.   If you would like to join us, it would great to see you – but please check the notice board at the Foxcroft Road entrance to the park.

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2 Responses to Waders of the Park

  1. Bridget Imeson says:

    Something many people don’t realise about Eaglesfield Park perhaps is how visible the stars are on a clear night like last night (Jan 31st 2015), a real bonus in London where light pollution so often limits what you can see. The constellation of Orion sits directly directly above the park at this time of year with the three bright stars of ‘Orion’s belt’ clearly visible.

    Because Orion’s Belt is so easy to find in the sky, it can be used as a pointer to bring amateur astronomers to other interesting objects. Move northwest of the star complex and eventually the line will bring you to the Pleiades star cluster, a collection of dozens of stars that are sometimes called the Seven Sisters (after those that are the most easily visible to the naked eye.)

    Following southwest of the stars will lead you to Sirius, the brightest star in the sky in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Part of its brightness in the sky comes because it is so close to us, just 8.7 light-years away.

    In November last year, I spent a wonderful, though very cold hour from 11 – 12pm lying on the bench in the middle of Eaglesfield park with my 23 year old daughter, both of us staring up at the night sky to watch for the Leonids meteor shower. We weren’t disappointed, with bright shooting stars seeming to fall out of the darkness towards us every three or four minutes. One was so bright and seemed so close, we both spontaneously gave a shriek! My daughter was delighted, as despite my many attempts to help her see shooting stars over the years, she’d always missed them. Not this time though, there were just too many to be missed!

    Guardian online says:
    All meteor showers result from the Earth ploughing through streams of cosmic dust, jettisoned by comets as they orbit the Sun.

    Extremely bright meteors, known as fireballs, are often associated with the shower. These are produced by dust grains about 10 millimetres across burning up in our atmosphere.

    The same Leonids event will take place in November 2015 but there are many other times of the year when other such events can be seen. Lets hope for clear skies again!

    When to look for meteor showers:
    April 2015: Lyrids
    May 2015: Eta Aquarids
    August 2015: Perseids
    October 2015: Draconids
    October 2015: Orionids
    November 2015: Leonids
    December 2015: Geminids
    December 2015: Ursids
    January 2016: Quadrantids

    How to view the Leonids:
    There isn’t a lot of skill involved in watching a meteor shower. Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for them:

    – Get to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
    – If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
    – Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you – viewing meteors, just like any other kind of star gazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can’t see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
    – Check the weather and moonrise and moonset timings for your location before you leave, and plan your viewing around it.

    (With thanks to the Guardian online for information on Orion and viewing meteor showers)

  2. Madeleine says:

    What great information ! I’ve always appreciated the magnificent views from the park, but confess I rarely think of looking “skywards at night”. Yet another reason why Eaglesfield Park is so special. Perhaps the “The Sky at Night” could become an FOEP activity on a more regular basis and it could be fun. I would certainly like to learn more and for those of us that live “on the hill” perhaps we could even enjoy the wonders of the sky from our own gardens! What do readers think? One thing that bothers me though – I will have to grips with night time photography !!

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