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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated December 2019

" St Thomas grey, St Thomas grey,
The longest night and the shortest day."

This saying is just a statement of fact for the 21st December, St Thomas’ Day. But we are looking for better days ahead. Goody, goody. The December winter storms continue until about the 14th, then a frosty period from the 18th to the 24th ish . A more reliable pattern then brings more storms and a post Christmas thaw to say, 2nd January. My forecast is for a green Christmas then a white New Year. What do you reckon ?

Hey, in the Churchyard the snowdrops are just peeping through, more promise and the other Sunday evening just before evensong I heard an Owl. A tawny. I’m sure but no activity in the owl box, I  reckon it needs to weather a bit yet. I do apologise, I didn’t complete the list of wild flowers found in the Churchyard this year in my last report. Here they are : Herb Robert, Dog Violet, Forget me not, White dead nettle and foxglove. There were 26 altogether. Hope I didn’t miss some, I must keep checking next year.

The broken bird box I mentioned was too far gone, A new one is an early job to be in position ready for next spring. The bats have now gone into their cosy hibernation, mostly under the Church tiles I think. Bill, in the village, told me he had seen bats flying over the river at dusk at the end of last month. So they were about late this year.. Thanks for your support all year and do have a very good

Christmas.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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