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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated May 2020

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. The saying indicates that early colonies will collect surplus pollen for bee keepers and late ones will not gather enough food to survive. I would have thought that an honest bee keeper might think to ask around to see if a local keeper had lost his bees. Who knows ?

The weather is often pleasant this month. Usually the period 29th April to the 16th May attracts northerly air streams alternating with some anti-cyclonic intervals; the westerly being at its annual minimum. The 21st to 31st of May is recognised for its dry fine weather with anti-cyclones and southerlies predominating.

This is such a lovely time of year and I’m so pleased that, in the middle of this stay at home “lock down”, we are allowed our bit of exercise. This includes a wander through the Churchyard for me. The most notable change is the bird song and nesting business. I’ve been looking at all the nest boxes and quite a few are being inspected and occupied. Mostly blue tits and great tits, but we have one robin couple in residence. Nest boxes are different to suit as many birds as possible. The boxes with holes are for the tits, some get pecked by sparrows etc so they can get in and others are just a box with a large opening, the robin's choice.

As we provide plenty of food for the birds, seed, nuts and fat balls, I hope this is part of the reason why we get so many. Sorry to say no sign of owls showing any interest in the super owl box. Getting a bit late now I guess. One day perhaps. I think I mentioned two blackbird nests, in the hedges, they don’t use nest boxes. I suppose the Churchyard is big enough to provide territory for two blackbird families. We are lucky with so many birds, and I think as we have hedges which give a link to the open countryside the birds have good access along the hedges. Lots of protection.

Loads of colour along our hedges with the spring flowers, some are creeping into the area which we must mow, primroses and dog violets. Must try to mow around them this month. Yes coming to our busy time to deal with the grass, you know I quite like the winter, a time when I can just look at it all. Hey ho! Thanks for your support as always.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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