Trip Report: Chantry Park Ipswich 26 March

Peacock Butterfly

A beautiful spring morning at Chantry Park was enjoyed by those who came along. The park was alive with birdsong with Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, all being noted from the car park where we met up.

We headed for the main woodland and scrub areas and en route were able to watch Mistle Thrushes, which very promptly chased off a marauding Magpie. We soon picked up the song of the Chiffchaff and Blackcap, both of which were very active in the park, with nine singing Chiffchaff and five singing Blackcap. A real sign of spring arriving.

 Another welcome sign of spring were the Brimstone and Peacock butterflies fluttering in the sunny areas of the meadows and scrubland. The Cowslip meadow was also coming into life and a few Bluebell flowers were out in the Bluebell Wood. Other birds seen included Stock Dove, Goldfinch and Coal Tit amongst the park regulars. Surprisingly, no raptors were noted, and Chaffinch was noticeable by its absence.

Altogether a lovely wander round this great park on a beautiful morning.

(Stephen Marginson)