Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Bird Walk & Drop-in Day 29 April 2017

Magpie Taking Off

On Saturday 29th April, under gloomy skies and with a sharp breeze, a party of thirteen set off from the Ryde Cemetery Learning Centre at the start of a Bird Walk led by Richard Smout. Fortunately, the weather soon improved, enough in fact to bring out a Holly Blue butterfly.

Wood Pidgeon

Stopping at various points enabled the group to identify sixteen different bird species by sight and a further two (Wren and Whitethroat) by their song. Of the sixteen species four were overflying the Cemetery with the remainder being on the ground and in trees. There were four different members of the Crow family seen and Greenfinches proved to be numerous. Richard was particularly pleased to have heard the Whitethroat and see some Dunnock as well as the numerous Greenfinches.

Ring Necked Dove

Following the walk the group joined those who had gathered in the Learning Centre, boosting numbers to twentyfour, for refreshments and a chat about what had been seen. Members and friends spent some time looking at the Group’s latest researches before dispersing in the early afternoon. We were assisted by the Sexton, John Martin.


Photographs by Tracy Welstead