The summer is a busy time at the Richmond Nature Park . Recently we just had our annual Slug Fest and Race, saved from the dust-bin of history and given a reprieve for an other year (for those of you who haven’t followed the blog the society had planned on giving Slug Fest a well deserved retirement). We were lucky this year to have a beautiful sunny day, especially after so much rain, and a great turn out. The slugs were raced, winners were chosen, and everyone left with a greater appreciation for our slimy garden friends. Watch the Slug Fest video created by Chris Standley at http://therichmondreel.com/?p=658.
More recently, we also attended the Richmond Scouts 75th Anniversary Celebration at Minoru Park . Our Urban Wildlife taxidermy collection was well received and many people were interested to find out about what little creatures live in the pond behind the Nature House. To our surprise we even had a small fish in our bucket of pond water; surprising as it was taken from a vernal (or seasonal) pond which usually will dry up over the summer.
Also, you may have noticed pieces of sculptural artwork have been added to the entry garden at the front of the Nature House. Originally intended to compliment the new digital signboard these sculptures showcase visions of nature and make a welcome and attractive addition to the garden. Keep your eyes open for our announcement for the grand unveiling ceremony which will be happening soon! Till next time – James Greenhalgh, Nature Park Society Board Member