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Pokemon Go. Best Places to find Pokemon. There was a Zubat on my shoulder in Painshill Park 


Although this all sounds like nonsense in fact Pokemon Go is enticing teenagers outdoors to exercise like nothing else.

Painshill park is a large park in Cobham in Surrey 20 miles south of central London. It seems that within the game you are told places to go and catch both Pokemon but also win the tools you need to do this. Painshill is a great example of a large park that requires you to walk miles and all the places where the Pokemon activity is focuses are spread out widely. Seems that just maybe the less popular places in the park attract the most Pokemon? Maybe. Try the Sabine statue is my recommendation or the Ice House.


Any game that gets teenagers out and about is much to be commended. It’s good to see the return of Pokemon once again. Always has been one of the better games. Walking along I was somewhat surprised to be demanded to stand still as there was a Zubat on my shoulder. So who knows what might be living on your shoulder? 


Painshill park is a great place for walking and I have blogged many times on this wondrous place. It even has its own vineyard . Just google Arcticterntalk and Painshill to find all you need to know. 


Early Arrival of Egyptian Goose Goslings 2016


Winter 2015-16 has been a strange one with varying temperatures almost daily. Painshill park in Cobham has always been home to many types of ducks and fowl including Egyptian Geese.

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

A few facts worth knowing about them are that they are not actually geese at all but a cross between a goose and a duck. It has many duck-like characteristics, but it also has some external goose-like traits. It is the most widespread of all the African waterfowl. These old-world shelducks were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians, and were considered sacred , and appeared in much of their artwork. The Romans and the Greeks also kept Egyptian Geese in domestic flocks.They can breed all  year around, but usually breed in the spring or at the end of a dry season. It thus is somewhat surprising to see baby goslings in early February.The British population dates back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971 and are found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes. It was officially declared a pest in the U.K. in 2009. There is little surprise that Painshill Park has become home to them over very many years.

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

 

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

Egyptian Goose and Goslings .Painshill Park in Cobham. Copyright Chris Bushe 2016

 

 

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