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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated June 2019

If midsummer day be never so
little rainy, the hazel and
walnuts will be scarce, corn
smitten in many places; but
apples, pears and plums will
not be hurt.

If the cuckoo sings after Saint
John’s day the harvest will be late

Now as you know, Saint John’s day is the 24th June and midsummer’s day. The first maxim here has the horrible phrase “ never so little rainy” which must mean extreme rainfall. The tests done for this saying only cover the corn crops which gave a 32% chance of being correct . However the late calling cuckoo does prove to give a late harvest . Lousy early weather I suppose.

The most likely weather pattern in England for June is a stormy one. Usually from the 1st to the 4th brings the first lot of cool , stormy weather. Then a bit of a dry spell from the 5th to the 11th peaking on the 7th of the month. The 12th to the 14th sees a second phase of wet, cool and stormy weather. Finally the third pile of wet westerlies from the 20th into July.

Don’t worry, it will be better this year, then warm and dry into August, just you wait and see. The bats have woken up and I’m sorry to say they haven’t used our lovely bat boxes. The Bat Society have told me the bats are most likely to hibernate under the Church roof tiles as before. Who knows, one day they may move house. We have our summer visitors now, house martins and swallows, but I haven’t seen any swifts yet. The chiffchaffs and willow warblers have been singing in the Churchyard; Summer is here!

Great news; a hedgehog has been seen in the village by Kay in her garden. Kay lives close to the Church so I do hope her visitor has a wander over into the Churchyard.

Our wild flowers are giving a good show after the super display of the spring bulbs; the cowslips and primroses have spread really well. Still a lot of nettles, but I mustn’t be grumpy as they do help some of the butterflies. I’ve seen quite a few orange tips around. As you will see we are into the mowing season and our grand team of volunteers have made a very good start, taking care to miss the wild flowers. Well done chaps !

Do have a toddle through the Churchyard and perhaps a quiet sit on the seat, very peaceful, except on mowing day. Thanks for your support as we plod on.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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