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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated December 2021

If at Christmas ice hangs on the willow,
clover may be cut at Easter.

A good little saying, meaning that a cold Christmas will eventually turn the winter mild and wet, accelerating early clover growth to be cut in the spring. Sorry to say that there is not much truth in this saying - 7 out of 21 years tested 33%. Hey, a 33% chance isn't so bad. I bet I forget to look at the willows on Christmas Day.

On average the winter storms continue into December until about the 14th. Then a quite frosty period occurs usually from the 18th to the 24th, with frequent south and east winds. A reliable weather trend is when the old year sees a dramatic change to storms with a thaw, from 25th to the 1st January. Here westerly winds are most predominant. Make a note and check it out. I bet it is wrong and we get a white Christmas.

Our resident birds are still feeding well - the birdseed just disappears in a flash. We seem to have mostly blue tits and great tits and of course, those greedy grey squirrels. I still haven't seen any fieldfares or redwings yet. They are usually here in October so we must keep a lookout for them.

Our mole or moles have been busy again, but I can use their mole hills when I clear them; they make good seed beds for the wild flower seeds. I must mention one of the good fairies, Lynda, who has been secretly planting more seed for next spring. Thank you Lynda.

Thanks for all your support again and please do keep coming through the Churchyard for your walks to keep an eye on us. I hope you have a very Happy Christmas.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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