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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated April 2022

When on St George's, rye will hide a crow, a good harvest may be expected.
At St George's the meadow turns to hay.

These two old farming sayings for St George's Day, 23rd April, merely express the truth, so here is a weather saw.

Thunder in April,
Floods in May.

I'm afraid like so many sayings this produces a poor result of 30%. However, let us hope for no thunder as we have had enough of this flooding lark me thinks. Usually, April gives us a cold stormy period in the middle of the month with the annual maximum of northerlies Then similar weather again from the 23rd to the 26th and of course April showers. We have to have April to get lovely May, don't we?

Things have looked pretty well in the Churchyard this last couple of months, mostly the spring bulbs. As I mentioned before the snowdrops did so well this year and they lasted for ages. I'm sure the cold weather helps, they seem to love it. Also, the daffs did well too, plus the winter aconites. But they were soon over. Everything is shooting up, and a benefit for us all our weeds are wildflowers. I do like this time of year, all promise with nature.

Mowing has begun in earnest and it needed doing last month, I think. However, it looks a lot better now. Thanks team. We have fifteen volunteers, you know and no complaints, their wages have been held again.

Our birds are busy already, but I'm only aware of one bird box being occupied by blue tits so far. It does take time watching for the activity in the boxes. Perhaps I should take a chair to sit for a while? If you notice any other birds in the nest boxes do let me know. Will we ever get an owl?

Thanks again for all your support and walking through the Churchyard from time to time.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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