Animals In Secklow MIlton Keynes Ancient And Modern

One thing we do know about Milton Keynes it had dinosaurs, that is most definate. Although old Secklow Milton Keynes was covered by forest or the sigelai forest. Fields are where Human Beings where a forest has been chopped down of course. There was swamps that has evidence of trilobytes and ancient incects encased in the sap of a tree (amber) and in stone all over MK. So the ancient animals were as numerous as in any other part of the world. The world was connected as one continent called pangaea which may have had the famous tyranosaurus rex where u may be eating your picnic, it may have tore up a brachiosaur. Definitely one for the camera.More to the point a plesiosaur an alligator fish was found in caldecotte lake a massive fish with bones, its skeleton is in the Central Milton Keynes Library. It is one of the finest dinosaur skeletons ever found.

A lot of interesting data here for fossils and ground formation data on this link:


As the passage of time passes in MK the animals, birds and fishes changed.The world started to seperate and evolution made biological life smarter and more sophisticated, (maybe not in Milton Keynes LOL). Milton Keynes has a rich history and Secklow Bradwell had amazing wildlife in the time after the doomsday book bears and wolves were made extinct by hunting men about 1800, literally the secklow hundreds were guarding against wolves and wolffs. The threat to medievals was too great to ignore so they killed them all.

Secklow Bradwell had rare falcons, nightjars, ravens, cranes(in cranfield), storks, kites and eagles

Nightjar Photo

It as a wide hunting area even in the time of the deforestation. I remember seeing nightjars right between the central train station and bradwell common, Bountiful fruit damsons, plums, green gages, apples and pears grew everywhere. It is not there now but as Milton Keynes is a growing town it has to be understood. But I can't help feeling sad about it. We may have not seen the sabre tooth tigers but we knew they were there.

There is plenty of wildlife in Mk some introduced and some native the Fallow deer in Woburn are an example of an introduced species as well as the Roe Deer in Linford wood, one of the many examples of the Sigelai Forest that still remains. Otters are being attracted by changes benefiting the environment .Badgers are abundant and Foxes often forage for food round the city.
Lampreys an ugly sucker with no jaw related to dinorsaur fish  that prays on freshwater fish were a delacacy in Secklow Milton Keynes are making a comeback to MK. Heston Blumenthal The prize Michelin Star Chef cooked them and if made right can be quite delicious, often cooked by the Secklow Hundreds when fishing in the rivers ouse and ousal in the surrounding area. Blooming disgustng if you ask me. What did Secklow Milton Keynes eat? Thats another story... 

Milton Keynes is a rich environment of wildlife dispite the changes.

By Fred Waller

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