remember there being a
hump to the right of the entrance which seemed massive to me
at the time. Which I wanted to use as a bike jump. But it was really
tiny. And useless.
We went across the hump at the start of the mapping workshop, armed
with plastic bags, soggy notebooks and pencils. And I think I was
more interested in look at the mice in the tank inside.
I remember that at some point they found a young hedgehog.
I remember a hedgehog in a box under the table. I remember
being allowed to touch it. Hard and not as spiky as I'd imagined.
I remember newts and voles. They now only have mice and interactive
The conservation area behind with wooden boardwalks and big ponds
and a jetty where you can stand and look over into the water. And
little hides which face the Common and you can look through for
wildlife. Although the only things you ever really see are squirrels
and blackbirds. It was an exciting place. But I just don't want
to be in there. I think it's because I have spent so much time on
the common that I don't want it to be someone else's. I've become
Before the conservation centre was here, there was a zoo. It closed
before I was born. I always imagine it to be like a mini version
of Berlin Zoo, all concrete and unhappy animals.