At the start of the year, John and I decided we needed to plan more 'us' days. A while back I booked tickets to join a guided bird watching day to Knepp rewilding project and RSPB Pulborough and yesterday was the day. We needed to be up early so we could meet the coach at 8 a.m. I tend to do a lot of the driving when we are travelling and so it was a treat to be able to sit and watch the scenery go by. Whilst still in London we drove past this old building. Although I've driven past it before I didn't realise it was a hospital. It explains the long verandas on the three floors
The hospital was one of the earliest buildings on Waterloo road and the hospital had a long and sometimes dark history. The building is now owned by the University of Notre Dame (US) and is used as dormitories for students. The building is a grade-11 listed building which means it is subject to regulations that protects it historical and architectural significance. The façade can not be changed unless special permission is given. The dark history relates to the times between 1948 and 1973 when Dr William Sargent used it for psychiatric inpatients. He actively treated patients using sedation, electroconvulsive therapy and modified insulin treatment together and at the time was widely respected however now his ideas have been discredited.
John and I did a full walk around the site stopping at viewing points and hides to watch the birds. We saw a good variety of birds and other wildlife including newts, water beetles and water boatmen, butterflies and we heard even more, especially nightingales. Towards the end of the afternoon we visited the feeders where there are a couple of benches. We enjoyed watching the small birds and squirrels on the feeders. I love the colours on the goldfinches
I'm linking this post with Kathy from Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching.