Hastings Country Park is absolutely magical at the moment - more even than usual! There is a quality to the silence here which we haven't known in fifteen years - it’s always a peaceful place but the current lack of aircraft noise, traffic and general comings and goings has been a revelation. There are far more walkers than usual (plenty of room for social distance, don’t worry!), the majority of them local people whom we’ve never seen before which is fantastic. I hope they keep using this wonderful resource long after life returns to its usual preoccupations. This challenging moment is the clearest possible reminder of the vital importance of this oasis of unspoiled countryside on the outskirts of our town. Let’s pray that it can be preserved for future generations so that they can enjoy it as we do.
Easter was a good time for birds up here on the farm. On Good Friday our first swallows arrived at breakfast time - such a happy and optimistic moment, even in a more “normal” year.
A few minutes later a kite flew in front of the house - I know they have been seen in the Country Park before, but never by me. The Kite was back in the morning of Easter Monday, and I now learn has been spotted quite a bit around the Hastings, Brede, and Fairlight area, perhaps looking for new territory?
On another day we had a pair of Wigeon on our pond - another first! They stayed for the morning, but sadly then moved on.
I hope many of you are able to walk up here to make the most of all the Country Park has to offer.