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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated June 2021

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.

The ancient day was one of the milestones of the old farming calendar, even before it became the Saint's day of St John, 24th June.

The above maxim with "ever so little rainy" I'm sure means extreme rainfall. Now our usual weather pattern in June is a stormy one, usually in the first week. Then a dry spell, about the 6th to the 12th and a return to the unsettled weather until the end of the month. I reckon we will do better for sunshine this month after the "ever so little rainy" we had early last month. What's the saying? The weather always pays its debts!

Here we are in summer now and we must make the most of it, even having some holiday. Go on, you deserve it. It’s such a lovely time and the Churchyard flowers are really at their best. The summer meadow flowers are wonderful - it’s a pity we don't have a larger area. I do enjoy the first spring bulbs and flowers but in June it all looks good and we have the added comfort of the warmth.

We also have the bird summer visitors, House-Martins, Swallows to watch swooping about, the Chiffchaffs, Willow-Warblers, and of course the Cuckoo.

"Cuckoo in May sing all day, in June change his tune, in July away fly."

It sounds lovely but the single new-born cuckoo kills baby birds or destroys eggs when it hatches in its parent’s chosen nest of another bird. Totally irresponsible!

I'm still not sure how many of the bird boxes have been occupied this year. We must have a good look at the boxes in early autumn and do repairs and replace some. We will know then how many have been used.

I'm very grateful to Lynda and Mike for removing the very low branches on the yew trees and taking away all the cuttings. We have found some old gravestones which we had no idea were there. This makes the mowing a bit easier too. Thanks both. Thanks also to you all (you know who I mean) for helping with the grass cutting. Such a good team of volunteers.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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