Herschel Park is a hidden gem in the middle of Slough. It’s a 3.5 hectare park and nature reserve and dates back to the 1840s. There is plenty of space for the girls to run about it, plus two small lakes and a bridge where they can stop and feed the ducks. It’s a lovely place to explore and very peaceful too. We’ve been there several times and it’s never been busy when we’ve visited.
Feeding the ducks is always a popular activity with my girls. If we’re out somewhere where there are ducks and we have no food, the girls are very disappointed! Fortunately, this time I had remembered to bring some defrosted frozen peas. My childhood memories of feeding ducks involved throwing bread at them. However, I’ve since learned that bread is not very good for ducks and so we tend to opt for duck food (if available) or defrosted peas or sweetcorn instead.
Sophie loved feeding the peas to the ducks. She was in her element standing by the edge of the lake throwing the peas to them. We spotted a few ducklings in the lake. Most of the ducks seemed to be enjoying a mid-morning snooze in the sunshine though!
Once we’d finished feeding the ducks, we had a little walk around the park. Some of the trees have a numbered plaque in front of them, to show what type of tree they are. Sophie loves trying to find as many numbers as she can and asking me what the sign says. I have to admit I probably wouldn’t have a clue what most of the trees were without the help of the signs!
On the way back to the car, we also spotted some damselflies near one of the wildlife ponds. I would have liked to watch them for a while (and try to get a photo!) but Sophie was eager to get back home again.
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature. You can find out more about #30DaysWild here.