(taken April 2009)
Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday 19th March
Today was the day of the Sport Relief Charity Walk.
I have been rather nervous about this walk for the reason that it was for charity, has been widely publicised, and a large number of people were expected to turn up - meaning lots of eyes and ears on me, the walk leader! For the past week I have been fixed to the weather forecasts keeping everything crossed for it to stay dry and thankfully it was, bar from a little bit of drizzle near the end but nothing at all to worry about. 35 people turned up - the highest number I have ever had to lead - and it was brilliant to see people of all ages and abilities attending too. From what a few people told me, apparently I did a good job of hiding my beginning nerves despite inside my heart pumping wildly and butterflies getting up to all-sorts in my tummy!!
The route we walked took us to the Volunteers Monument and the site of the old Mote House, and then along the old Ashford Road, which runs along the Lake's northern edge, to the current Mote House and Old Walled Garden.
With so many people to talk to and lead through the park I couldn't pay too much attention on the wildlife and birds around me. Despite this I managed to spot a male Wheatear - the first this year and only the third ever record in the park - several Med Gulls were on the top playing field, and 2 Chiff Chaffs were heard singing - the first of the spring. Wheatears are rare visitors to Mote Park despite its large areas of short grassland so I was elated to find one, and it's presence along with the singing of the Chiff Chaff signals that spring is well and truly under-way!!!! I didn't have my camera with me today but I have included a photo of 1 of a pair of male Wheatears that visited the park last April.