Or would it be a new breed of us – naturally selfless, pure and good?
Sarcastic and cynical this may seem, but be realistic, what would world peace mean?
Could we all be more aware of that distant war over there,
Could we act on what we saw, or turn of the T V as before?
Then who’d stop the war behind four walls, where blows rain down when night tiime falls?
Who’d hold the child on this dark night when mummy and daddy have another fight?
Endless images come to mind but I’ll stop here, no more I’ll find.
Like so many I do want peace but what on earth will make all wars cease?
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 – Christine M Matthews
National Nest Box Week
I am sure we are all well aware that February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day but did you know it is also the commencement date of National Nest Box Week? Many birds start breeding at the end of February so St. Valentine’s Day seems a good time to erect a nest box.
National Nest Box Week was first established in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Britain’s leading birdcare specialist Jacobi Jayne & Co. During the week between 14th and 21st February you are encouraged to erect a nest box in your garden. The aim is to provide nesting sites for birds to compensate for the loss of natural nesting sites such as holes in trees and buildings. The destruction of natural nesting sites, such as dead wood cavities and modern building practices has reduced the number of sites available to many species. Gardens are also being “tidied up.” Putting up a nest box at this time of year allows birds to get used to it in time for breeding. They may also use the box as a wintering roost place.
According to the BTO, an estimated six million nest boxes are already provided across the UK’s gardens. However, many are sited incorrectly or of an inappropriate design. It is therefore very important to follow the guidelines to ensure the success of your nest boxes.
You may either make a nest box yourself or purchase one. Many garden centres and bird food suppliers have a variety of boxes for sale but it can be a little confusing to decide which is best for you, or perhaps more importantly, the species you would like to encourage to nest in your garden. For example, Robins prefer an open-fronted box rather than one with a round entrance hole. If you want to attract Blue Tits, you will need a box with a round entrance hole no larger than 28mm in diameter, otherwise, larger species may use the box. The variety of nest boxes is quite bewildering. Some are made of plain wood and some are made of a wood/concrete compound. Some have a perch and some don’t. It is recommended not to have a perch because this can attract predators such as squirrels.
Of course, you may already have a nest box or two in your garden. If so, they should have already been cleaned out. Bird protection law permits the cleaning out of nest boxes between 1st August and 31st January. This is essentially for hygiene purposes so that the presence of fungal spores and nest parasites is reduced in readiness for the next season.
If you would like some advice on choosing the right box, siting it correctly or making one yourself, visit www.nestboxweek.com which has lots of information about nest boxes. By erecting a nest box in your garden, you are supporting the conservation of our breeding birds.
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