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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated August 2019

A rainy August makes a hard bread crust. "

Now heavy rain will have an effect on the wheat crop yield. There is some evidence for this in my book of weather sayings; a 55% result. I presume that the “hard” crust refers to the quality of the grain and perhaps the shortage of wheat flour. What say you?

It is always windy for the barley harvest;
it blows off the heads for the poor.

A poetic ditty, possibly with a religious flavour, which causes damage to the barley, thus compensating the poor doing the gleaning. So a windy and wet August is no good to anyone today. We knew that didn’t we? The thundery, cyclonic weather of late July normally continues into the first week of August. The most dramatic change, after a mixed weather pattern for mid month, is the beginning of the first storms of autumn. The 20th to the 30th August covers this weather type with a peak on the 28th.

Sadly most of the colour is fading from the flowers in the Churchyard now. Having had some warm and dry weather the seeds have been forming and some of the early flowers have started to shed. We must collect what seeds we can, to plant for next year although I think Mother Nature will give us a helping hand. Late next month we will cut back the long grass and dead flowers along the edge of the Churchyard. Then we will rake up the cuttings; this helps sow the seeds and away they go.

Now I know that I am a boring old twit, always going on about hedgehogs but two sightings have been made in gardens in Farrier’s Court, responding to food put out for them.

Thank you Wasperton feeders; you are a great help. I continue to feed the grey squirrels as the bird feeders are now squirrel feeders. They have broken through four so-called ‘squirrel proof’ feeders and the nuts and seeds just fall out.

I am working on the list of wild flowers that we have in the Churchyard and I’m amazed how many are turning up. The spring flowers are coming from memory now. Watch this space.

Thanks to you again for your interest and support.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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