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Think

He ran around the war memorial, 
My little Grandson Reece. 
But if it wasn’t for those soldiers 
Would we be here in peace?

See the blossom tree close by me
So pretty all in pink
But it was the poppies on the memorial 
That made me stop and think. 

Would Reece and I be here today, 
Laughing, lost in play? 
Or would we not have ‘ happened’,
Not seen the light of day?

Jean K Cave 2011

Gedling Artists Festive Fair

PLEASE NOTE

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our event has had to be postponed until May 2019 – exact date to follow when available.

Soft Edges Art Group

The Soft Edges Art Group wish to thank Village Residents for their support on another successful Art Exhibition. That took place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October

Although the weather was not very kind over the weekend, The Preview on Friday Evening was very busy, with a steady stream of visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

The Raffle Prize “Lilies” by Bill Lowe was won by Paul and Marilyn Bingham of Mansfield Woodhouse.

On behalf of the SEAG once again thank you for your valued support.

Joyce Rick
Artist
0115 9663383

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.

by

Jean Powley

Tree Sparrow by Jean Powley

The Other Sparrow

We are all familiar with the House Sparrow but did you know there are two types of sparrow in Great Britain?

The Tree Sparrow is known as the House Sparrow’s country cousin. It is a bird of lowland rural areas rather than urban sprawl. The name Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) is a little misleading because it is not classed as a woodland bird and neither does it live in mountainous regions as its Latin name suggests. It was probably named Tree Sparrow because it nests and roosts in tree holes.

It is slightly smaller than the House Sparrow and has a chestnut brown head and nape, white cheeks and a black cheek spot. Both sexes are similar. Compared to the House Sparrow, it is a shy bird but is happy to live in colonies with its own kind. If you want to encourage Tree Sparrows to your garden, it is better if you can erect more than one nest box or better still, a terrace so that they can become a colony. You can encourage them by putting out sunflower seeds or hearts. Millet apparently, is one of their favourite foods but during the summer months they eat invertebrates and caterpillars and will feed their young with insects only. 

Tree Sparrows suffered a drastic decline between 1970 and 2008 when their numbers fell by a huge 90{1233ae64928716940ba35afc9e570916b72bceb8e69c1346f0b99b2cfc4b219a}. This was down to changes in agricultural methods, hedgerow clearance, loss of old trees and more efficient farming techniques. Neither was there any surplus of grain around farm buildings. Lately however, it seems their numbers are only just beginning to pick up but it is too early to say if their numbers will continue to increase.

In some countries there are more Tree Sparrows than House Sparrows. China is one example but during the days of Mao Tse Tung’s leadership his government, in 1958, ordered the extinction of Tree Sparrows as they were regarded as pests. Millions of these birds were killed but this dictate by the regime backfired because harvests then failed because of the profusion of insects which destroyed the crops. The sparrows were then considered to be beneficial as they ate the insects.

We do have more House Sparrows but look out for Tree Sparrows especially during the winter months as they often mix with House Sparrows and finches. Remember to look out for the little black cheek spot.

Jean Powley

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 jpbirds@outlook.com or visit www.bto.org/gbw