Tales From the Riverbank by Richard Sales

The huge horse chestnut tree which has fallen into the lake between the Classic bridge and the Temple was the nesting tree of our resident Egyptian geese.  The female was incubating at the time.  Whether they will choose a new nest site – time will tell.

After 2 years of speculation and observation it can be confirmed that our resident pair of swans are both male – henceforth to be called Jeremy and Norman.  They have flown away for the moult.

A very good breeding year for tufted ducks, moorhens and coots.  But mallard ducklings were severely predated by heron, magpie pie and a crow.