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Stag-Watch 2018 & Wand Making in Richmond Park (London)

Deer rutting (mating) season is upon us between September – October, and we return with our woodland walk in Richmond Park, for Stag-Watch, making magical wands & doing a discrete consecration ceremony!

**for safety reasons, please read this event info section FULLY**

Woodland witches Stagwatch 2018 & wand making

This is a non-intrusive free-flow exploratory walk.. of 2-3 hours, spotting deer. We’ll also be looking out for suitable gifts from the Earth .. small twigs or branches – to make our own magical wands!! And for those willing to stay a bit longer into the evening.. we’ll be doing a wand-consecration ceremony..!

Many of us Witches & pagans worship the Horned God.. (Cernunnos – Lord of the wild Beasts) and Ellen – antlered Goddess. so here is a woodland event to get intune with all that, as well as create a magical artefact of your own (wand).

Facilitator – Mani – has been working with empowering Hern (Horned God) energies and been running a private ritual group called `Hern’s Tribe’ since 2004 (It’s the origins of all this `Woodland Witches meetup group’).

Fee/ contribution: £5 suggested.

The plan (approx):

We like to be organic with these new walks that we are organising.. These are not formal rituals but social walks & explorations – with practical magical & shamanic elements naturally integrated. So please do arrive with plenty of time allowed for this, fully prepared with right clothing/boots, and some essential food & drinks/water packed. A walking stick helps..but no worries.. It’s easy to find one in the woods within minutes of getting there.

1. We’ll meet at Richmond station foyer coffee shop.. (1.00pm). Gather all..Take bus to Richmond Gate. (stop `American University’ then 5 min walk).

2. At Richmond Gate (1.30pm) we’ll gather everyone – including those coming by cars (free car park inside Richmond park – please make your own arrangements but come meet us by the gate).

3. Start our exploratory walking from Richmond Gate. We’ll check out some beautiful Oak trees (some are hollow and can accommodate a human inside ..quite magical). We will not intrude on any Trees that are fenced up for their own protection..

4. Along the way we’ll collect small twigs suitable for shaping into wands. There will be breaks (bring snacks and drink for your self). We’ll be stopping often to observe stags and take photos , tuning in etc.

5. After a few hours , we’ll find a suitable place for settling down to make Wands. The follow up with a wand consecration rite including Ellen (Horned Goddess) and Cernunnos (Horned God) as deities.

6. Stags rutting intensifies at dusk onwards. So as we walk back to gates/ exit, we may stop for more explorations.

7. Weather: Unless it’s severe rain, we’ll go ahead with this event. So look out for notice in comment section on the morning of the event for (onl for any postponement).

8. We’ll take bus back to station. At Richmond town centre, we’ll probably stop over for a few drinks / snack / pub.. and continue socials.

***Those who wish to leave early may do so any time during the whole event. Just make sure you know the way back***

Children/ Dogs :

Due to the exploratory and magical nature of this event, we regret that children only allowed at the strict discretion of any parents / guardians who must accompany children. Dogs to be kept on leash at all times a sper park rules for safety of Deer, people and dogs themselves, as Deer are aggressive and can attack if provoked.

Walking disability:

Due to the rough terrains, and potential need for brisk walk (moving away from any rutting stags), and end point being 2 hours away from exits, we regret that unless you are able to keep up, we can not provide special attention, or accommodate anyone with walking or other disabilities. We are very sorry for this.

What to wear:

Pleeeeeeeese! Please wear absolutely warm and sensible cloths/ coats/ rain proof/ boots etc!! It may start out sunny and hot but it gets cold quickly.. There’ll be midges and insects.. so cover up ankles with socks.. wear trainers or boots…(No slippers). You feel hardy.. but when you start shivering or feel uncomfortable inside ..it still shows and makes rest of the people feel uneasy. This is not a survival walk with Bear Grylls.. It’s an enjoyable comfortable magical social walk with csy pagans!! 🙂

What to bring?

Obviously we’ll be walking for few hours with breaks inbetween. So only carry essentials, and low weight items.. or you’ll get tired and won’t enjoy the event. Pretend you are the Fellowship of the Ring.. chasing Orks 🙂

That said.. do bring some of these for your own enjoyment:

  • -Camera to take pictures of rutting Stags (from safe distance)
  • -Hot flash of drinks for yourself
  • -small ground sheet / blanket to sit on (optional)
  • -Some food & drinks (extra if you feel like sharing)
  • – any magical items you like to carry with you safely and discretely (no big swords)
  • – walking stick (optional but helps) – note: this is an additional aid for those with No walking disabilities.
  • -Torch light ( for later if staying in the evening).
  • -insect repellant sprays (optional)
  • – lantern (optional for later)
  • – carving/ craft knife (optional for wand making).

Mani (facilitator) will provide some ground sheet, bring small craft knives. and a minimum ritual tool kit for doing a small ceremony later. But he’ll also be wanting to travel light and might need to run away from Oarks..or rutting Stags (as has happened before)!

Safety

Rutting stags are fiercely territorial and will be gloating their own powers against other stags. The key thing is to stay out of their way.. Never accidentally get in between 2 or more rutting stags ! They don’t care much about humans…but in their aggressive states, they may not tell differences between a human and a stag-threat and may get chasing you. (as it had happened to me once!)

Another matter is to be less intrusive..and not spook them. After all Richmond park is a wild life sanctuary for them.

If you are not comfortable working safely with a craft knife, please refrain from doing so. Some can be sharp and cut deep, if not careful. We’ll have small plasters ..that’s about it.

Disclaimer

Obviously we’ll be going in search of the Deers/ stags…and it’s highly likely we’ll bump into their territories sooner or later.. But we have no control of the wild animals..and sometimes they migrate to far away sections of the park.

Bright Blessings . `May Hern protect us’
-Mani Navasothy
Author Teacher Wiccan

—Historical note: We first ran a `Stag Watch’ event for Hern’s Tribe on 29th October 2012–.

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Stag-Watch 2018 & Wand Making in Richmond Park (London)

Sunday, Nov 4, 2018, 1:00 PM

Richmond Park, Richmond Gate
Richmond Hill TW10 6RP Richmond (Surrey), GB

25 Witches Wiccans & Pagans Attending

Deer rutting (mating) season is upon us between September – October, and we return with our woodland walk in Richmond Park, for Stag-Watch, making magical wands & doing a discrete consecration ceremony! **for safety reasons, please read this event info section FULLY** This is a non-intrusive free-flow exploratory walk.. of 2-3 hours, spotting deer….

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Horns & Crowns – A Pagan Picnic in Richmond Park (SW London) 19May18

Something Royal is happening in Windsor.. And the media will be in full throttle about it. If you like to get away from it..and escape to one of the Royal parks in London.. and hang out with like-minded Pagan & Magical folks.. this is the event for you.

Richmond - Crowns & Horns picnic

Come dressed in your flower crowns..and Horned head-dresses..or just outdoor attires.. Bring your ground sheets, food, drinks and picnic.. Bring your sun lotions & insect sprays.. Flasks of coffee & Tea..or cash for the cafe where you can get snacks..

Free carpark & toilet facilities in Richmond  Park.

Hopefully we’ll spot some deer too..

  • Saturday 19th May 2018.
  • Duration: 12pm to about 4pm.
  • Venue : Richmond ParkThe plan (approx):1. We’ll meet at Richmond station foyer coffee shop.. (12pm). Take bus 371 to Richmond Gate. (stop at `American University’ then 3 min walk).2. At Richmond Gate (1.00pm), we’ll walk up to `Pembroke Lodge’ (car park/ cafe/ toilets) ..gather others coming by cars..then walk on to a spot for picnic. If you are coming by cars, you can park here and wait for us to arrive ..Safety with Deer / wild life:Observe a safe distance from any wild animals like Deer. This is NOT rutting season so they are usually not aggressive…But be safe. Also be less intrusive..and not spook them. After all Richmond park is a wild life sanctuary for them.

Historical note: We first ran a `Stag Watch’ event for Hern’s Tribe on 29th October 2012–

Bright Blessings . `May Hern protect us’

-Mani Navasothy

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Woodland Midsummer 2016 – Ceremony in Richmond park

Join us for the afternoon to celebrate MIDSUMMER 2016. Outdoor /Woodland  ceremony & Social.  . Bring a picnic and celebrate, sing, dance, drum and socialise!

`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!). The new-born Sun of the midwinter (Yule) has grown to it’s fullest potential, and so pagans are mindful at Midsummer that the wheel turns. It is when the previously defeated Holy-King returns, challenges the Oak-King and wins. Thus at Midsummer, the rein of the Oak King ends and the one of Holy King begins. Midsummer games such as tug of war enact this battle between summer and winter forces. In terms of the God myths, it is a time for the God to become Sun-King, and take his place on the throne of responsibility for his people’ -Mani 

RITUAL : 

This is an open ritual held in an outdoor park/woods with easy public access..

Out ritual *Team will conduct key aspects of the ceremony, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get  involved in the actual ritual   – ie with elements calling, chants, magical work and so on.

(*to join in as Ritual team, please contact Mani several weeks in advance.  Of course You can also just join in the ritual as ordinary attendee on the day).

Fees:  suggested contribution £3

RITUAL items to bring: 

– Your ritual cloths/ robes/ cloaks
– Staff / wands / antlers / tribal masks
– Drums & musical instruments
– Lanterns / candles / lighter
– Crystals / runes / divination tools
-Poetry / invocations (learnt or to read)

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

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Woodland Midsummer 2016 – Ceremony in Richmond park

Saturday, Jun 18, 2016, 12:00 PM

Richmond Park, Richmond Gate
Richmond Hill TW10 6RP Richmond (Surrey), GB

27 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

Join us for the afternoon to celebrate MIDSUMMER 2016. Outdoor /Woodland  ceremony & Social.  . Bring a picnic and celebrate, sing, dance, drum and socialise!`This marks the height of the Summer, and the longest day of the year. Astrologically, it is exactly the point when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (which is the natural house of the Moon!)…

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Earth Day 2016 – Evening walk & candle-lit picnic in Richmond Park

Dear all, nearly all of you know.. am big on  Gaia, and Eco-matters.  And there’s nothing more significant a date that `Earth Day’ (happens every year 22nd April).    I’ve been holding outdoor ceremonies for Earth day for many years..   ever since i became aware of it via the late Jean Williams (more on her in another post).. Some know I have organised 3  `Gaia Conventions’ (via Pagan Federation London) many years ago..(and plan to hold one later this year).

Earth Day 2016- 21april16

For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work. This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting.. to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park.. We’ll stroll through.. take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and settle down for a candle-lit picnic.. and if the mood takes us…perhaps a Full moon ceremony!

Update: This event takes place on the day *before* Earth day…ie on 21st April 2016.

This is a `quiet’ event.. no loud drums.. invocations etc. we’ll be mindful and unintrusive of the wild life and enjoy the stillness of evening..and the depth of magic.

Note: Main gates for cars close at dusk.. but pedestrian gates will be open..so we can walk out any time.

Activity:

Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk..  Once we find a suitable spot,  we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art. There will then follow a meditative session (15 mins), followed by a late-evening woodland picnic of snacks & wine / drinks.

If we spot large groups of Deers (as often it happens), we will adjust our plans accordingly.. and flow with nature 🙂

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel

We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre.  (Do not come by car as main gates close at dusk..and  any cars inside will be locked in.   Been there done that!! So take my word for it!)

Weather:

We can not know what the weather is going to be like..   Come fully prepared.   (Yes, it REALLY DOES get cold when you sit down and don;t move for 15 minutes.  ** Please take our experienced advise- wear warm cloths, no matter how `warm; it may be in the day/ afternoon!**

Check back few days before event for any changes / updates .

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  here is my meetup page at London Woodland Witches…for this Earth Day event. Feel free to join it and keep up to date with our plans.

EarthDay2016 – Evening walk, candle-lit picnic & full moon ritual -Richmond Park

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

Richmond Park, Richmond Gate
Richmond Hill TW10 6RP Richmond (Surrey), GB

29 Woodland Witches & Pagans Went

For the past 2 years, we have been meeting in Richmond park on the Earth day itself – for meditative & magical work.   This time, we’re scheduling in a later evening meeting..  to take a quieter walk in the wonderful Richmond Park..  We’ll stroll through..  take some sights of the Deers and oaks.. and settle down for a candle-lit picnic.. and if th…

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TODAY: Earth Day 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Earth-Healing meditation in Richmond Park

Earth Day is TODAY – on 22nd April,  and I am holding a special outdoor Eco-Spiritual event in Richmond Park, SW London.

Earth Day 22April2015-walk meditation

Activity/ Details :
Meeting Time / venue:   4pm meeting by Richmond Gate, Richmond Park.

• Once initial meeting/ greeting is done, we’ll set off on a gentle exploratory walk.. (I know most of the terrain well ..near the area we’ll be, so will lead the way).

• We’ll arrive at a suitable spot..by the 2 large lake/ponds.

• Following this, we aim to use locally found organic items, twigs, branches, leaves..logs…to create an Earth Altar/ Eco art.

• Then sit down to do basic consecration, and then a guided Earth-Healing Meditation.

• Then we’ll have a short feast (please bring food and drinks to share) and socialise.

What to bring:

• Please wear really sensible cloths – warm, water proof & shoes/boots.

• Bring some food & drinks to share

• Bring a rose quarts or clear quartz to hold during meditation.

• Bring any magical talismans, shields, dreamcatcher type items.. to place around altar area

• Any special Goddess images/ statues

(you will take your own items back home).

Directions / travel
We’ll meet meeting by `Richmond Gate’ (either get there by bus from Richmond town centre, or arrive by car. The car park in Richmond park is free..).

Weather:
We can not know what the weather is going to be like.. If it is extreme, then this event may be cancelled (ie gale force winds, storms). But if it’s just a bit of rain, we’ll carry on.

On the day, you can `text’ me to double check.. (only if it’s `extreme’ weather please. I’ll most likely be working till 2pm before getting going to the park myself).

Full updates on our meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/events/221165737/

-Mani

Rutting Stag Video (Richmond Park, London) by Mani

Have you heard the Hern-call?   Here it is – Stag Lord (Deer) rutting..  gruntin, scratching the ground, squirting his semen to mark his territory ..herding the female deers together (he can never have enough of them in his harem!)..and occasionally locking horns (antlers) with intruders (other Stags) and chasing them out  (that’s in my next video).

Enjoy this one..  no gimmicks..  no flashy edits…The idea was to quietly capture the moment…  so you can watch and experience it.  as if you were there.

I am planning to have a few `Stag watch’ events in Richmond Park over the next coming weeks.. (did that few years ago).  So if you are interested, watch this blog..  Or subscribe / follow mt tweets @ManiQuantum  so you’ll know when I announce those dates/ times..  (It will be short notice ..with just few days notice ..or even 1).

You can also join my `London Woodland Pagans Meet-up group’ and keep an eye on my `spontaneous’ events..  🙂

(Am sort of stepping away from doing long term planned events now..  10 yrs of it is enough..  I seek more spontaneity and freedom.. to have quick plans, change plans..  So yeap..  follow my tweets…:-)

-Mani Navasothy

Meetup Group : London Woodland Wiccans & Outdoor Pagans

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Introducing- GAIA*GUARDIANS: Eco-Magicians & Earth Healers (new Meetup group)

Gaia Guardians- New Meetup group at www.meetup.com/GaiaGuardians
Gaia Guardians- New Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/GaiaGuardians

Gaia is the Earth Goddess. The woodlands and green spaces, rivers, streams and oceans, Forests & Caves are her temples. We meet in natural woods and parks in and around London – to enjoy these wonders with a light spiritual touch, to socialise with like-minded people, and to do eco-magical work – for the protection and well-being of Mother Earth.. and all living creatures.

If you enjoy or like to enjoy woodland walks & explorations, do a bit of meditative work, the stillness, take nature photos, create eco-art (using twigs, barks, fallen branches to create non-intrusive ground sculptures..as magical talismans!).. this is the place.

We have been organising nature-related events, eco-ceremonies and candle-lit walks under the `Gaian Times Magazine’ name in London for 3 years. But we are setting this activity-based social group now to reach out to more like-minded spiritual people in London..

We are not limited to just woodlands or parks. There is also the river Thames.. with all the Thames-paths.. other streams, water-sides..!

Parks on our list to explore & enjoy

  • Richmond Park (South-West London)
  • Greenwich Park (South-East London)
  • Oxleas Woods (East London)
  • Trent Park (North London)
  • Queen’s Woods & High Gate Woods (north london)
  • Epping Forest (North London)
  • Hyde Park (central London)
  • Wimbledon Common (south London)

Activities

  • Walking & exploring woodlands
  • Meditation
  • Nature-spirituality
  • Creating eco-art
  • Socialising & Picnics
  • Nature photography

Gaia-goddess
Come join us..and add your own suggestions and activities..

Bright Earthy Blessings & Warmest regards

-Mani Navasothy

Link

Gaia Guardians – New Meetup group for Eco Magicians & Earth Healers of London

Deers of Richmond Park London (Photos & info)

As a Pagan and one who magically attunes with the `Horned God’ energies (of Hern the Hunter, Cernnunos Lord of the Beasts/ animals), I often find it enjoyable to visit Richmond park, and just wander through – and observe the Deer. Granted they are in a managed park (Richmond is one of the Royal parks of London), the deer are free to roam and do what they like!

Here are some hi-resolution photos of the Deers of London’s Richmond Park – taken about a month ago, a few hours before sunset.

to pose or not to pose
Deer in Richmond Park (photo~ Mani Navasothy)

Rutting stags

In early Autumn (September and October) they begin their rutting – where male deer (Stags) begin their courting behaviour – first eating a lot in the weeks leading to this period, putting on a lot of body mass, and then herding and rounding up a large number of female deer to mate with (his Harem).  During this time, the Stags do become highly agitated and can charge at people or animals (dogs) if they go anywhere near the herd. It’s a pure and simple territorial act!

Those other stags that do not have a harem of female deer do try to sneak into already rounded up female groups – when the Stag of that group is distracted or drifts out a few yards. But then the leading Stag will charge and antlers get locked.. and often the intruding stag(s) are chased out. During the rutting season, the leading Stags make a lot of growling sounds. They do not eat much, and expend their energy in mating and defending his herd.  (and by the end of the rutting season, his body mass goes down!)

Int the light
Into the Light? Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)

Culling

In Richmond, towards the end of Autumn, planned and managed culling (killing) occurs – where Rangers and trained gunners select a percentage of deer to kill.. so that the park can continue to sustain the deer population. During the culling weeks, the park is closed early (culling takes place after hours!) People are not advised to be in the park lest they get shot by mistake!

How to get to Richmond Park

  • Richmond Park is in the South West part of London. There’s a main Railway station (Richmond) that has both british rail (from Clapham Junction take the trains towards Reading..)  and also the underground tube trains (District line going from London Victoria station)).
  • Once at Richmond station, come out, and within few steps, you’ll find bus stop (same side as station).
  • Take the Route Bus 371 from Stop: E  towards Kingston. (buses every 8-10 mins)
  • Travel  in bus for about 15 mins. Get out at `American University’ stop.
  • Walk forward on the same side for 3-5 minutes, and turn left at main junction (Land mark: Star & Garter nursing home)…and you’ll arrive at `Richmond Gate’ of the park. (The park has many `gates’ )

I’ll be adding more photos, video clips and sound clips soon ..  (ones I have been filming & recording for a number of years!)

-Mani Navasothy

links –

Hern’s Tribe – outdoor ritual group with Hern – Hunter-Horned God as main focus  All welcome to Hern’s Tribe seasonal rituals

Pagan God & Goddess – article in my Witchcraft & Magic website

Stag divisions
Stag Divisions! Deer in Richmond Park (Photo ~ Mani Navasothy)

Earth Day 2013 in London: Come walk with us in Richmond Park

Earth Day 2013 - Silent walk in Richmond park
Earth Day 2013 – Silent walk in Richmond park

On Monday 22nd April’13 – Earth Day – some of my friends from magical groups and I are going for a simple walk in one of London’s well-preserved woodlands  – Richmond Park in South West London. It has lakes, small ponds, some streams, all sorts of trees..and of course lots of Deer.

Purpose: Our aim is to have a mindful silent walk through a nice natural woodland. During the walk, we all make a point of not talking and disturbing each others’ thoughts. Some people may be in a meditative state, as they walk. During the walk, each person may wish to attune themselves to the energies of the woods, and to Earth itself..  It is about observing and being part of nature, without interfering with it too much.

Meeting point & Time:  We are meeting at `Richmond Gate’ at 1pm. Just get through the gate, and look to the immediate left..  We’ll gather in that area.  After initial meeting & greeting, and a quick talk-through (there are toilets nearby too) – we will set off on a 30min- 45min silent walk.

If you don’t know how to get to `Richmond Gate’ – you can meet some of us at Richmond rain station (served by Trains & tubes) between 12.15pm to 12.30pm.   We will stand by the coffee shop.  We’ll gather anyone new, and step outside the station to take a bus to Richmond park. The bus journey takes about 15 minutes.. but we may need to wait for it.  Only one bus goes past Richmond Gate (ask for the `American University’ stop..  then walk forward and turn left..).

Because of other meeting up at Richmond gate at 1pm, we can not wait longer than 12.30pm by the station. Please be on time. In the past, we’ve waited for people, but that has only upset the people who turned up on time and had to waste time waiting.

Activity:   Once a quick explanation of what we are going to do is done, we’ll simply get walking. I will lead everyone through a particular path.. to a nice fairly quiet location..  (this is a `real’ Path-Walking). Once in that spot, we can sit in silence for a further few minutes – and break silence. We will then have a small social picnic – (bring your own picnic, packed lunch, flask of coffee etc – for your self, and if you really are okay..something to share. But not essential).

We’ll then have a more talkative walk back to the exit.

I can not really restrain this free-flowing event with an end-time restriction. I would say allow about 2 hours at least ..and may be more if you wish to socialise with others.

Hope to see you there..

-Mani Navasothy

 

Concrete & Dog-Rubbish inside Ancient Oak Trees in Richmond park

Dog rubbish inside Oak tree in Richmond Park, London

I was in Richmond park earlier today, doing some photography, as well as some magical work this afternoon.. and I was utterly dismayed to come across some unsavory rubbish – not just in the usual places (in fact no rubbish in the usual places)…but INSIDE some very old Oak Trees!

I love ancient oak trees – especially the ones with a hollow central part.  Most old Oaks have it.. but if the outside bark is complete..then we never see the hollow inside section.  As part of natural wear and tear, parts of the outer bark drops off, and `an opening appears’..  This,over time widens (especially if people and or animals go in and out often and chip bits of the edge off).

Those hollow oaks are magical places- sacred temples. I mean, how often does a human get to be inside another living being – after birth?  Think about it – we all were inside our mothers’  wombs – and once born, we never can go back..  and we don’t ever get inside another living creature in our lifetime – unless of course, we can  step inside a hollow living oak tree!

So today, I was exploring and came across one hollow oak – that had  large chuck of bricks & concrete block – someone had places inside (possibly as a seat?)…and I managed to move it out and chuck it far away from the tree…and later, I found another hollow oak tree with a small plastic bag – of dog excretion!   Honestly- people who walk their dogs in these conserved Royal parks..   could easily carry their dog excretion and put it in special bins..  Why just dump in the woods? and why – or why put it inside a hollow oak tree?

It’s already very bad to have any sort of carnivore excretion introduced to the Richmond  park..  The excretion contains chemicals and substances that are not local to the Richmond park habitat, and it introduces unwanted ecological (bacteria) intruders …which can upset the food chain, cause bugs to grow and even cause diseases to the local wild life such as Deer (300 Re deer and 350 fallow deer live in Richmond).

Am not making any of this up.  All this information comes from notices in the park itself.

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So…doggie-owners – do nature a service – don’t put ya dog-crap in the park..and certatintly, don;t be so bloody lazy and hide it inside trees!  That’s the worst thing you can do to those trees..(putting infection right inside them!)

-Mani Navasothy