Saturday, 10 May 2008

Humber Bridge Country Park

A sunny day, we head for the Humber Bridge Country Park in the morning. This is a site claimed back by nature after being a chalk quarry for centuries. Now is is nicely wooded, with areas kept as meadows, rocky cliffs and ponds. Today we see several Orange Tip butterflies, a Peacock and a Holly Blue. There are many wildflowers in the meadows: garlic mustard, lords and ladies, hawthorn, buttercups and daisies.
 There are three marked nature trails in the park, each with an habitat theme, the Meadow Trail, the Pond Trail and the Cliff trail. A highlight of the Park is the willow viewing tunnel next to the bird feeder station, its just like a living hide, what a great idea. Birds are quite tame and if you are lucky you might even see the bullfinches!
A few photos from the park.

Flowering hawthorn


Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum)

A wood carving of a rabbit signaling one of the trails.
A map with trails can be downloaded from here.
The Friends of Humber Bridge Country Park website is packed with information on the history, geology and wildlife of this now an East Riding of Yorkshire Local Nature Reserve.
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