A Poem for June
I’ve seen the fresh new shoots of Daffodils and more
Slowly pushing through the earth as they’ve done before.
The birds have sung the same song welcoming the spring,
An instinct wells inside of them, so new life they will bring.
Is it these changing seasons that draw us on through life?
We know that in the darkest days clouds move to show the light.
Sometimes when we’re down and we need to push on through,
Just remember those tiny shoots and find that strength in you!
Crime in Woodborough
At the recent Woodborough Parish Annual Meeting, PC Whild, who has responsibilty for this area, reported on the crimes which had taken place in the village during the last 12 months.
1 House burglary
3 Burglaries from sheds etc
1 Theft of a motor vehicle
4 Thefts from motor vehicles
5 Cases of criminal damage
Whilst any reported crime is one too many, these figures are good news for Woodborough residents.
However there’s still need to lock your doors and windows, keep valuables away from sight, and don’t forget to arm your house alarms.
Lambley Historical Society
At our April meeting, Professor John Beckett from Nottingham University talked to us about the history of Jesse Boot and Highfields Park. Jesse bought the Highfield Estate in 1919 for £32,676, about £1,620,000 in today’s money. The park consisted of 151 acres, increased in 1921 to 220 acres and was split between Lenton and Beeston. The Tottle Brook is the parish boundary.
Jesse bought the estate for his wife Florence, who came from Jersey, but they never lived there as Florence preferred their house in the Park.
By 1920, Jesse was not well and sold the Boots company. He gave the City Council £350,000 (about £16m today) to be used for Parks, Recreation, Music etc. He funded the Binns organ in the Albert Hall and bought Woodthorpe Grange and the Embankment. He gave the Highfields estate to the Council and in 1921 two parks were created – Highfields Park and University Park. He largely funded the University and created a lot of sports facilities. He took great interest in all these projects but died in 1931 and is buried in Jersey.
There were many other projects that he funded and was involved in, so Nottingham owes a great deal to Jesse Boot.
Our next event is on June 30th when we are having a guided tour of the Air Museum at Newark. Details on the website at www.lambleyheritage.co.uk . Visitors are always welcome.
WOODBOROUGH BADMINTON CLUB
The Tuesday Evening Badminton Club at Woodborough Village Hall are looking to recruit a couple of new players. There’s no need to feel intimidated – the standard is not very high! We play most Tuesdays from about 8.15pm to around 9.30pm.
If you would like to give it a go, please ring Andrew on 07948 729577 and leave a message containg your name and phone number – men, women, young and not-so-young are all welcome.
Photo by David Moreton / Swift Conservation
Welcome back to our swifts
On 13th May I saw my first Swifts of the year flying low above my house. It never ceases to amaze me, how many miles they have flown before returning to their nesting sites where they will stay for only three months before they fly back to Africa again.
The Common Swift, to give its correct name, is ironically becoming less common and its numbers are falling at a fast rate. It has suffered such a serious decline in the last 20 years that it has been placed on the Amber list of Birds of Conservation Concern. To raise awareness of their plight and learn how we can tackle their dwindling population, you may be interested to learn that “Swift Awareness Week” is being held this year from 22nd to 30th June and before then, there is “World Swift Day” on 7th June.
Why is the Common Swift declining? It seems that the main factor is due to the modernisation of buildings which excludes access to Swifts. Many Swifts arrive back from African skies to find their nesting site has either been blocked or the building has been demolished. There are ways to overcome this problem and help the Swift. Specially designed nest boxes are now available or if you are handy with DIY you can make one yourself. Also available are swift bricks which sit flush with the wall and have a small opening for Swifts to enter without gaining access to the interior of the house.
Houses aren’t the only places where Swifts nest. Church towers are perfect for them to nest in because they need the height when taking off from their nest site. The louvres are ideal for them to fly in to an enclosed space for a nest. Churches are now being encouraged to erect nest boxes for them. By erecting these self-contained nest boxes, there is no way the Swifts can enter the interior of the church. One church in Nottinghamshire which actively encourages Swifts to breed in their church tower is St. Luke’s in Kinoulton in the Borough of Rushcliffe. They have 40 nest boxes fitted behind the louvres of the tower. Not only that but they have a camera in three nests and people visiting the church for services, coffee mornings, toddler groups can view the Swifts in their nests on a television. This has proved to be very successful and more churches throughout the country are now following suit. There is no need to worry about mess. Swifts do not make a mess unlike other birds and neither are they affected by the close proximity of bells.
We are fortunate to have a small breeding colony of these birds in our village but if the decline of these birds continues, we may no longer see their amazing aerial displays over our roof tops.
Did you know?
Swifts are not related to Swallows or Martins? Their nearest genetic relative is the Hummingbird.
Jean is a voluntary Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife which visit your garden, Garden BirdWatch may be perfect for you. If you would like a free information pack about the scheme, contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bto.org/gbw