Welcome to the St Augustine’s Groundswatch blog!

Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Fox

Fox

On this blog we will be posting notes of what we see and hear and lots of pictures showing the wildlife in the grounds of Saint Augustine’s Priory.

April in the grounds

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Nest found on the ground close to the tall conifers by the hockey pitch
IMG_1790Woodland shrubs flowering in the Sacristy Garden to the side of the Chapel
IMG_1793Pond is really naturalizing this year, with several new species of plant emerging like this marsh marigold (caltha palustris)
IMG_1785Lots of bulbs coming up around the weather station
IMG_1788Beautiful alkanet wildflowers close to the hockey pitch
IMG_1772The prep meadow appeared to turn green over night, spring always arrives so suddenly!
IMG_1771Cowslips by the pond
IMG_1757Bluebells

A furry friend

Yesterday we had a surprise visit from Toby, a 10 month old Miniature Schnauzer! He was spotted watching the girls play hockey after school. toby dog
He didn’t have a collar so we fashioned a lead out of a length of rope; Ms King was very happy to take him to the houses down the road in the hope of reuniting him with his owner. Luckily the owner was found and they were very pleased to get Toby back, they hadn’t even noticed he was missing!