RSPB’s Winter Great Garden Birdwatch


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Nature Watch | Posted on 04-02-2013

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Robin in Panshanger
A robin perches in the neighbour’s hedge!
Lesley writes:
Last weekend (26th/27thJanuary 2013) was the RSPB’s Winter Great Garden Birdwatch, an activity where members of the public are asked to count the total number of birds they see in their garden or park at any one point in time during a period of an hour. There will be a second one in Summer after the nesting period. This all began in 1979 and is, reportedly, the biggest single wildlife survey in the world with nearly 600,000 people participating last year – a huge number.In order to make it an interesting watch I made sure all the garden feeders were topped up and that there was plenty of fresh water in the birdbath, in order to attract as many birds as possible into the garden. It can be a long hour when no-one is visiting. With binoculars, pen, paper and id book to hand I switched between the windows downstairs and those upstairs. It proved to be a busy time in the garden with a total of 16 different species recorded in that hour, plus a red kite seen flying overhead in the not too far distance. And this is what appeared:
  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue tit
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Collard dove
  6. Dunnock
  7. Fieldfare
  8. Goldfinch
  9. Great tit
  10. House sparrow
  11. Magpie
  12. Redpoll
  13. Robin
  14. Starling
  15. Woodpigeon

And one mystery bird that I thought may have been a Linnet, but I can’t swear on that as I only caught fleeting sight of it.

I didn’t think that was bad for an urban garden. Obviously, when the weather is cold you do get more birds in the garden as food is harder to find in the wild and the country also plays host to overseas visitors like fieldfares and redpolls arriving from harsher climes. I heard that someone very recently reported sighting a flock of waxwings feeding from berry bearing trees in Panshanger. That is one bird that always appears in garden bird books but that I’ve yet had the pleasure of seeing myself. So, far I’ve listed nearly 30 species in our garden but I’m always on the lookout to add more.

 I’d be interested to hear if anyone else did the birdwatch and how many species they spotted! 

Panshanger roundabouts to get advertising


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Campaign, General Information, Local Web Links | Posted on 18-08-2012

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Currently there is a plan to place advertising hoardings on most of the roundabouts in our area. Both large roundabouts and small ones,  such as the the juntions of Lincoln Close and Lysander way.

Our area is of course fairly green and pleasant, will advertising on all our roundabouts add or detract from that?

The public have the opportunity to comment on these objections until the end of August. The locations and links are below. You can add your view by clicking the comment link at the bottom of each application.  If people don’t object in enough numbers to each application it’s pretty certain that it will happen.

You could also email a councillor and ask them for support, their addresses are:  Putting a comment yourself on the applications is likely to be more effective however.

Below are the application details. If you feel inclined to keep Panshanger advertising free, you are encouraged to comment.

N6/2012/1457/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Bericot Way/Lysander Way and Lincoln Close

N6/2012/1458/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/Moors Walk and Russett Wood

N6/2012/1467/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way/ Bericot Way and Wellington Drive

N6/2012/1468/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Tempsford/Sylvan Way and Shackleton Way

N6/2012/1469/AD:             Roundabout at junction of Mundells and The Boulevard

N6/2012/1470/AD             :Roundabout at junction of Herns Lane and Moors Walk

N6/2012/1471/AD              :Junction of Blackfan Road, Cypress Avenue and Sylvan Way

N6/2012/1477/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Sylvan Way, Birchall Wood and Forresters Drive

N6/2012/1481/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Shackleton Way and Waterbeach

N6/2012/1482/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bericot Way, Douglas Way and Rivenhall End

N6/2012/1484/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Panshanger Drive and Black Fan Road

N6/2012/1485/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Bessemer Road and Shire Park

N6/2012/1486/AD              :Roundabout at junction of Waterside and Mundells

N6/2012/1487/AD              :Roundabout at junction with Moorswalk and Hardings

There is another article on the subject here:

New page about local wildlife


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Nature Watch | Posted on 23-02-2012

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We have added a new page to the site, all are welcome to contribute information about birds and wildlife seen in around the park. Have a look at it here or from page menu on the right.

We’ve just added a new poll, please vote if you have an opinion. Cherry trees and other fruit trees are thriving around Panshanger, should we also have some in the park?

Comments and ideas are welcome as always.

Moneyhole features in election leaflet


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-03-2010

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Just a note to say many people have seen a headline piece about the park in an election leaflet currently being delivered in Panshanger. The article makes no mention of the Friends of Moneyhole, who as locals will know,  have been seeking action from ward councillors for a long time now.  No doubt readers are forming their own conclusions as to the effectiveness of local councillors with regard to the park however.

More about the article, and comment on it can be read HERE.

Welcome to the Friends of Moneyhole Park web site!


Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in General Information | Posted on 17-07-2009

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This is the  home on the web on the Friends of Moneyhole Lane Park in Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City. We are a small but growing group of people who value this great and much used local amenity. We are working hard to make the park a tidy, safe, and natural outdoor space.


This is a local community powered, volunteer driven initiative. Your help and contributions are always welcome.