The Friends' first experience of a Mindfulness Walk, led by Roxanna Mullick of The Conservation Volunteers, received many positive comments and requests for similar walks in the future. The short stops we made for seeing and hearing meditations really did concentrate our minds on those everyday sights and sounds which can so easily be overlooked. Many small things caught our eyes from the luminous white glow of greater stitchwort flowers and the bustling of tiny ants to the trilling sound of birdsong and even the gentle hum of the radar at Coastguards' Cottages. It really was a relaxing and enjoyable start to the weekend.
Forty years ago today , April 6th 1977, a Wallcreeper was discovered in Ecclesbourne Glen, the rarest bird ever recorded in Hastings Country Park NR, it stayed for 5 days and was seen by many birders. This beautiful and much sought after bird nests above the snow line, eg in the Pyrenees, and the last British record was in 1985. Here is a picture of one I saw in Bhutan recently.
Free your spirit, recharge your batteries and enjoy a gentle start to the weekend on a Mindfulness Walk led by Roxanna Mullick of the Trust for Conservation Volunteers. This is a new venture for the Friends and we welcome you to come along and join us for a gentle stroll through the Country Park this Saturday, 8th April. Meet at 10.30am at the Visitor Centre for a walk of about one hour's duration.
Cost £4, or free to Friends. We look forward to seeing you for this new event.