A great day yesterday, planting out our new trees, to create a field edge scrubland habitat for the birds and wildlife of Parkinson’s Park. All the trees we planted are native British trees which provide food and shelter for our disappearing wildlife. We planted hazel (nuts and catkins), elder (berries and flowers), blackthorn (flowers and sloe berries), dog rose (flowers and rose hips), and crab apple (flowers and fruit): a brilliant mix to diversify the habitat at the top of Great Brow, and complement the existing old, tall, hawthorn hedge.
Once grown, the new scrub area will benefit both resident and summer migrant birds by increasing the natural food harvest. It will also provide shelter for willow warblers, chiffchaffs, blackcaps and garden warblers who breed and migrate through this area in large numbers in spring.
The tree-tits and goldcrests will love this improvement, as the insects population will grow, providing them with a veritable supermarket. The Park’s house martins, who come to feed on balmy summer evenings, will also benefit from the new ‘food store’.
Newly planted scrub generally leads to an increase in voles, this should help our Guiseley kestrels, which are in decline; little voles will also be welcomed by our resident tawny owls. Bees and butterfly numbers will also, hopefully, expand.
So, all in all a massive positive for the Park, and with some careful management (no chemicals please) this area will flourish – please help us look after it, and use the website, or contact us, to report anything that needs attention.