News – Page 6

A Fleeting Thought

A glass of water as I sit in bed,
Pure and clear unlike my head.
A fleeting thought but so profound
Of pure clear water, enough to drown.
Why do we have all this to use? 
Gallons of tea we do infuse.
A daily shower running long.
A swimming pool just for one!
Wine and beer, drink on and on.
And far away people die,
No tears to run they’ve all ran dry.
No river, stream or sea close by.
No clouds of promise in the sky.
Each day the food is dust and grain.
We have it all and the rain!

Jean K Cave 2004

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.

WOODBOROUGH in BLOOM

A sincere thank you to the bowser rota, who during these very hot, dry weeks have been out two or even three times a week.

It would help if people could keep dead heading their planters, and if everyone could keep the house frontages swept, as we are now in the second round of the Best kept village.

Enjoy the summer.
Jan, Elizabeth and Jane.

by

Jean Powley

Photo by Jill Hicking

The Pheasant

Strictly speaking, the Pheasant is classed as a game bird and is not really a garden bird but if you live in a rural area, you are quite likely to have a Pheasant visit your garden. Once I recall, I had seven of these fine birds on my front lawn– one male and his harem of six females. They certainly do a good job of sweeping up the dropped seed underneath bird feeders.

The male pheasant is a very handsome bird and often his guttural calls can be heard before he is seen. When he calls he ruffles his wings at the same time. The female is brown and mottled in order to camouflage herself amongst vegetation. Males will mate with more than one female and they are very territorial and will fight an adversary using their long claws. They can do some really serious damage to each other when fighting. When ready, the female will prepare a grass- lined hollow in the ground to lay her eggs and she will incubate them and rear her chicks all by herself, the male having no further involvement.

The Pheasant is actually an introduced species. It is thought to have been introduced by the Romans but since those times many different introductions from the Far East and even the USA have led the Pheasant to interbreed, so there are many races and breeds about.

They were, of course, introduced for sport and their meat and they are bred and released in Britain in huge numbers for shooting. When driving along country roads, pheasants can be seen in fields and by roadside verges. Unfortunately, many meet their demise on the open road as they have very little road sense and they will often come rushing out of hedgerows only to be killed by oncoming vehicles. All too frequently, the sight of a pheasant on the road is often roadkill.

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

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