Trip reports

Midweek Walk round Christchurch Park Ipswich

Coal tit perched on bramble bush
Coal Tit

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

This was the first park walk for over 18 months due to Covid so it was good to be back and meet up with familiar faces. The Ipswich Parks have been a major bonus during lockdowns providing wildlife sites and walking during periods when one was not allowed to venture far afield. As such they have been heavily used but well looked after by Ipswich Borough Council. Christchurch Park is in the heart of the town and is a magnificent park dating back to the times of Henry VIII. It has over 150 ancient trees and in the arboretum there are many trees and shrubs from overseas, brought back in Victorian times by explorers and collectors. The park has plenty of wild areas these days where wildlife can thrive. During our wander round we saw many common birds such as Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Dunnock, Jackdaw and Wren. Mistle thrushes were very noticeable, these birds being breeders, using the large trees for nesting and the open grassland for feeding. We also stopped to look at the many ancient Sweet Chestnut and Oak trees with their curled trunks. Very impressive indeed and havens for biodiversity. A wide range of wildflowers were noted although some have been planted from seed to form wildlife corridors along parts of the park. The resident Tawny Owl, Mabel, was not in residence for our visit and the Little Grebes which bred on the wilderness pond this year had departed. Altogether an enjoyable couple of hours, wandering around this amazing park, right in the middle of Ipswich.