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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated March 2022

First comes David,
Then comes Chad,
And then comes Winneral
As though he was mad.
White or black
Or old house thack
.

Here we have three Saints, St David on the 1st of March, St Chad on the second, and St Winold on the third which were milestones in the old weather calendar.

White means snow and black rain. House thack refers to house thatch of course, and Winneral being mad, means stormy. So we can expect anything.

March normally starts with a cold stormy period with strong north winds. A quiet time in the middle of the month with anti-cyclonic weather. Oh 'eck. Still not too much to do in the Churchyard yet, that will be next month,"one man went to mow". But before that, I must tell you that we had our annual mower's dinner on the 23rd of last month. In the pub out of the cold wind in the Boar's Head, Hampton Lucy. Such a super group of volunteers giving up their time to cut the grass during the summer.

We have missed out for 2 years to have a get together because of the
dreaded Covid. Lovely to have a bit of normality again. Thank you team.

The seeds planted in the soil from the mole hills are peeping through. Do have a look, the snowdrops and one or two winter aconites are there. I hope you can find them. Of course, the nettles are coming on well (tough blighters) but we must keep a number for this year's butterflies. Most of the nettles we will cut back or they will take over again.

Most of the bird boxes seem to be OK, just a bit early yet for nesting, but it won't be long now.

One thing I must do is to restore, or better still to replace, our hedgehog box for next winter. It's looking a bit worse for wear. Any offers?

Yes, our hedgehogs are up and about again. I understand some awoke a
bit too early last December in that very mild weather and were caught out in the cold frosts which came this year. This information came from Warwickshire Wild Life.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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