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In this edition we have received a two part contribution from Bill Hawkes of Benham House talking about our wonderful wildlife within Kings Chelsea. Part 1 is below. Part 2 to follow in the next edition.
Ahhhhhh…. we all breathe a sigh of relief as the unholy din of the Fulham and Kings roads subsides when we turn into the oasis of peace and quiet that is…. Kings Chelsea. Some 8 to 10 hours earlier, we all started the day by heading out to work, and many of us looked forward to the day ahead, walking briskly to catch our buses and taxis. Some of us front up to the traffic that is the hustle and bustle of London. We walk through and around the gardens at both times of day, and yet we look but we don’t see!
We all have myriad neighbours that we generally know nothing about…. And I don’t mean in the 270 other flats… I mean in the garden.
This time of year heralds some amazing changes in the garden. Sure, we begin to see the daffodils appearing, raising their trumpets to the warmth of the spring sun, and that genuinely lifts the spirits of all of us. The lavender is beginning to regenerate after its “hair-cut” late last year and the other flowers are beginning to show the palette of nature once again. But there are other stirrings afoot as well… only this last week we had a new arrival form Africa, and this one is a real celebrity… the Grey Wagtail, pictured below, is globally endangered and on the preservation list of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). I have in fact, seen two of them, a male and female, and they appear to be very much in love! Clearly, this is a very special event for Kings Chelsea as these birds are a rare sight across the rest of the country and in fact the world. Seeing these wonderful and somewhat comedic birds here in Kings Chelsea is something that I hope will thrill all of you!