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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated September 2018

There are generally three
Consecutive windy days about
the middle of September, which
have been called by the Midland
Millers, the windy days of barley
harvest.

This maxim was tested for 3 consecutive windy days during the period 11th to 20th September. This produced a high rating of 66 %. How about that then ? Most of these old adages generally produce poor figures as you know so this is a turn up for the book.

The most frequent weather pattern associated with September is the three dry periods known as the “Old wives summer”, which in turn are followed by wet stormy days. The dry spells normally occur 7th to 10th , 16th to 21st and 30th as travelling anti-cyclones move across the UK. The most common time for gales is around the 24th.

We have cut the wild flower area already, normally it would be cut this month but it has been so hot and dry in July and August that we are about a month early. I have collected some of the wild flower seeds ready for sowing but Lynda, bless her, has given me extra packets of seeds. Time to sow next month.

Hedgehogs are still with us in the Village, two seen in gardens, but none in the Churchyard yet, come on you hedgehogs. By the way numbers are still falling in the country so do let me know if you spot one. Badgers , it seems are still the greatest danger to hedgehogs.

Our birds and bats have had a good year, lots of insects following the warm dry weather, and of course the grey squirrels go from strength to strength. Constant repairs needed to the bird feeders, it’s the peanuts that they go for. Grrrr!

Well there we are, holidays nearly finished and Autumn to prepare for, dig out the woollies and gloves. Thanks again for your support, more wild activities in the Churchyard.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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