The Green Heart of Poringland


Portrait Trilogy

One of Suffolk’s best known ornithologists has published a trilogy of books about wildlife in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park. 

Author and illustrator Reg Snook has known and loved Christchurch Park for close on 50 years.  His passion for the park and its wildlife shines out on every page of the three publications, Portrait of a Park, Portrait of an Owl and Portrait of the Birds. 

The intimacy of the location has an obvious synergy with other community conservation areas, including of course Poringland Lakes. 

Not surprisingly, the publications have received widespread acclaim.  Writing in the ‘Nature Notes’ in the Times, columnist Derwent May described the three books as “excellent” adding that “In many respect the Park has become a microcosm on the whole nation.” 

Reg Snook was a founder member in 1973 of the Suffolk Ornithologist Group.  For 30 years, between 1982 and 2012 Reg was also a DEFRA wildlife inspector specialising in birds of prey. 

It is hoped that Reg will visit Poringland Lakes in the near future, to witness first hand, the conservation work being done, including developing habitats for kingfishers and sand martins. 

Published by Gresham Publications in conjunction with the Friends of Christchurch Park, each publication costs £7.50 and can be purchased from Waterstones and WH Smith. 

For further information click on www.focp.org.uk