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Walpole Park was laid out in
1891 on a piece of land called the Horsefield. It was named after Thomas
Walpole, rector of St Mary's Church, Alverstoke.
Walpole Park is an amalgam of an open air venue for Fun Fairs, Circus' and
occasional music festivals, combined with a boating lake (without boats)
and an internationally recognised model boat racing venue, One of only two
in the country
|Mute Swan (White
Swan)( Cygnus olor )
Swans are the largest, and generally considered the most beautiful, of the
waterfowl. The Mute Swan is one of 7 species of swan worldwide. Adult
females weigh around 9kg, with males around 11kg, although weights of up
to 15kg have been recorded.
A male is known as a cob, a female is a pen, and the young are called
According to the magazine Wildlife Conservation, a swan can have 25,000
These beautiful long necked birds will breed at 3 years of age having a
clutch of 3 to 8 eggs, although larger clutches have been recorded. The
gestation period is 35 days from the date of the last egg. During the
incubation period the male becomes very territorial and will aggressively
protect his mate. He will normally use his strong wings as a weapon
instead of biting.
The cygnets are born with a grey downy plumage that eventually turns to
white. They can fly in 3 to 4 months and generally stay with the parents
until the next breeding season whey they are asked to leave. Mute Swans
have been known to live for over 25 years, but most only survive to 5 or 6
years old. Many cygnets die in their first 12 months, often due to flying
Mute Swans do not normally start to breed until they are at least 3 years
old. Between March and May a huge nest is constructed, in which the pen
lays a clutch of normally between 3 and 7 eggs (although as many as 13
have been recorded). The eggs are laid at 2 day intervals, with incubation
starting with the last egg and taking 35 days. During the breeding season
the male becomes very territorial and aggressive to any intruders. This
behaviour has been known to extend to swans fighting to the death. They
often threaten humans who venture too close to their nests while issuing a
warning call. Although they can inflict a painful blow with their wings,
contrary to popular belief they do not bite.
The cygnets when hatched are grey and downy, but this down is soon
replaced by brown feathers, which gradually turn white during the next 12
months. The parent birds strongly protect their offspring for the first
few months but will drive them away by the following breeding season.
The cygnets will normally join flocks of other non breeding swans,
especially during the moulting season in July - August when they moult all
their feathers and for a short time become flightless. Over the next two
years the immature swans may start to form a pair bond with a mate and
will look for a suitable territory on which to breed.
It is a popular misconception that Mute Swans pair for life and that a
bird will pine to death when its partner dies. This is far from true, with
some birds having as many as 4 mates in a life time, and in some cases
actually 'divorcing' a mate in favour of a new one. There have even been
incestuous relationships reported. However research does show that well
established pairs tend to be more successful at raising their young.
The lake is divided in two by a wooden
bridge. The side nearest the road has been used for years as a boating
lake, but in recent years this usage has declined, and now it is a haven
for many swans, ducks and geese that flock here along with a large
population of pigeons that are fed daily by locals and tourists alike.
A popular place to just watch the world go by, Walpole Park is destined to
be a focal point of local life in Gosport. Although the Park and the Lake
are now separated by the South Relief Road, they share the common thread
of leisure activities space, and now has both a children's play area and a
skate board run for our more energetic youngsters.
The exciting spiral design by the skateboard area has been
designed by Jan O’Highway is a freelance
artist, working mainly in mosaic and ceramics.
Jan’s work combines glaze-painted
tiles with glass and mixed media mosaic, exploiting the resonant colours
and tactile qualities of clay and glass. Eye-catching and durable the
glazes and lustres are suitable for large panels and interactive pieces.
Ceramic panels for commemorative seating, Beminster Lane.
Commissioned by Gosport BC and part funded by Hampshire Association for
the Care of the Blind, the tactile glazes panels form part of a sensory
In 1926 the original Club House was built by the
members of the Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club and this year it is being
replaced adjacent to the two ponds with a new purpose built Club House and
boat store, on top of which there will be a cafe/restaurant with balcony
overlooking the lakes, so it will be well settled in for 2005.
Model yacht racing and scale boat activities, every Saturday and
Sunday throughout the year with additional races mid-week during the
Summer at Walpole Park Lake, South Street, Gosport on a purpose
built lake approx 180'x800'x3'depth. Catering facilities and free
car parking adjacent. Information available on all aspects of model
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