Saturday, 24 August 2013

Summer in London - 32

Here is a photo of the peaceful lake in the garden of Buckingham Palace. It is hard to believe that one is in the heart of London!

Large pieces of wood are stacked in piles in the Palace grounds. These piles provide habitats for a variety of flora and fauna, including beetles, spiders and fungi.

Tree stumps are not removed, but are left to rot away naturally, providing a perfect environment for insects to lay their eggs and hatch their larvae in. Dead trees are also left alone, with one such tree at the bottom of the Rose Garden currently providing a habitat for a family of Woodpeckers.

"The use of pesticides is kept to a minimum, and the aim is that eventually they will be phased out completely," says the Head Gardener.

"Whereas weed killer was once used on the paths of the Buckingham Palace grounds, now a weed burning machine is used instead. This breaks up the cells of living plants so that they explode through heat, meaning that there is no need for chemicals which could potentially be harmful to wildlife."

Recent surveys have shown that five damsel and seven dragonfly species live in or near the lake, and 42 species of birds have been seen in the garden. The highlights of the sightings were of Kingfisher, Woodcock, Chiffchaff and Redwing. Since 2009 the garden has supported four successful bee hives positioned on the island, surrounded in the summer by wildflowers.

Happy Feast!


Victoria said...

Peter, I find your posts a haven of tranquillity amid the storms, both within and outside the Church, which beset the Faithful Catholic today.

Peter Simpson said...

Hi Victoria - thank you for your kind words. The natural world assures me that God is in charge!