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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated May 2022

A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
But a swarm in July
Is not worth a fly.

Towards the end of May or beginning of June it becomes favourable for bee swarming.  I think that this saying means that early colonies will collect surplus pollen for beekeepers hives and late bees will not gather sufficient food to survive.

Now May is often a pleasant month. Usually the first half of May gives us northerlies with some anticyclonic intervals. Westerly winds at the annual minimum. The last ten days of May with fine dry weather and warm south winds. Goody goody.

What a lovely spring we have had with the wild flowers and bulbs. So many people have said they think this has been the best flower and blossom year for ages. I have to agree. I think that next year will be an improvement in the Churchyard because Lynda has planted dozens of snowdrops in the green together with primroses which have been split up. This will look better as the area has been mostly nettles so far. Cleared up when David had our new fence constructed. All looking good.

Hey! I bet not many Churchyards have any lady volunteer mowers, we have one and the season is well under way. Our team consists of fifteen all living in the village. How about that then? Not as many birds nesting in our bird boxes as volunteers to mow but we have two boxes occupied so far as I can spot. Both tits. A little secret,a good fairy has paid for the cost of servicing our mowing machines. People are so good, thanks good fairy.

Well it's thanks to you too for our wildlife development in the Churchyard, so much support, thanks.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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