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BARBICAN LIFE


The Barn, Serge Hill


Our small group were greatly impressed by Tom’s talk and the truly magnificent ambience produced by such a magnificent garden on a perfect English summer evening.


MIDDLE OF JULY, BAT WATCH. This is when a hardy few go to Kenwood on Hampstead Heath to look at the bat roost which is in the roof of a former dairy which served the Iveagh Bequest House. Bats are the only mammal capable of sustained flight, they use high-pitched sound “echo location calls” which bounce off their prey producing a picture of their environment. They are important from


a horticultural aspect because they pollinate plants to a significant degree. Our guide was a young American woman who gave a half hour illustrated talk prior to issuing bat detectors. At dusk a mix of about 170 Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats emerged from the former dairy, and then a half hour stroll across grassed undulations in the moonlight found us at the wood-surrounded lake with the ‘phantom’ bridge. Here, the ducks were quackling among beds of reeds – the only clear sound which could be heard even though it is so close to our City. Daubenton bats were located and identified lifting insects from the water producing on the detectors a loud ‘click’, a sight and sound so that a spark runs along the wire of life. In the clear sky Saturn was the major planet on view shining at a magnitude of +1.0 in Virgo. We repaired to the ‘Flask Inn’ in Highgate Village where in a different world ‘piercings and tattoos’ were prominent. How typical that robust red wine and black olives always ameliorates the parting of congenial souls.


FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2011 include a walk and fungi hunt through


EPPING FOREST combined with Sunday Lunch at a pub along the route, and a visit to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. A visit to PAINSHILL PARK near Cobham in Surrey. This park is undergoing a major restoration project and includes a landscaped garden, grottos, a vineyard and lakes. A QUIZ and Christmas Party is scheduled for 1st December in The Lilac Room. This will include botanical, ornithological, lepidopteral and other natural history questions and puzzles.


And so the WHIRLIGIG OF TIME


will take us to the AGM and NEW YEAR ITALIAN FEAST in January 2012.


Membership enquiries regarding Barbican Horticultural Society can be addressed to Angela Simons on 020 7638 3845 or angelasimons@btinternet.com.


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