News – Page 6

TIME FOR SUMMER SPLENDOUR

It’s time for summer splendour
When the breeze plays on the grass.
When you sit in shade upon the hill
And watch the sea like mass.

When butterflies dance by you,
And the buzzing of a bee
Reminds you of summers past
When future dreams you’d see!

When age was not upon you
When time was infinite.
When anything was possible,
Twas all yours to create.

Lying with your eyes closed now
And listening to the sound
Of whispering through the leaves,
To nature you feel bound.

How many more summer times,
How many do I have –
Before I lose the strength to climb
This much loved uphill path?

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 WI

Our next W.I. meeting is on Monday 16th July. We are having a “Pimms, Pate and Prose” Evening. Members can bring a piece of prose to share – perhaps a paragraph from a book that meant something special to them, or perhaps was amusing or was significant in some way to them – if they wish.

The next committee meeting will be at 10.00am at Catherine’s house on Tuesday July 10th.

The Friendship Group will be on Tuesday July 3rd at the Institute, from 2.00pm and our walk will be sometime after July 9th, please contact Jenny for details nearer the time!

WOODBOROUGH in BLOOM

The summer planting is now complete and the village  looking at its best. Thank you to all who have helped towards the planting with our red and white theme in commemoration of the anniversary of the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The bowser rota has started but it would be greatly appreciated if residents would water planters etc near to their houses as the wind and sun soon dry out the plants.

Please would everyone responsible for planting deadhead the plants on goingly during the summer to keep them in full bloom.

We hope you all enjoy the wonderful display of colour throughout the village during the summer months.

Many thanks
Jan, Elizabeth and Jane

by

Jean Powley

Photo by Jean Powley

Garden Bird of the Month
The Feral Pigeon

As we walk through our towns and cities the Feral Pigeon is a familiar sight. Trafalgar Square is particularly well known for its pigeons and many tourists have photos taken with one of these birds resting on their arm. People love to feed them and children love to run after them. Whether you like or loathe them, you have to admit they are very successful birds.

Feral Pigeons are descended from the Rock Dove, a bird which in the wild in the UK, can only be found in the remote north and west of Scotland, the Scottish Isles and coastal areas of Northern Ireland. It is a cliff nesting bird so it is easy to understand why its descendants populate mainly urban areas where there are ample places to nest and roost. Pigeons were first domesticated for food way back in ancient times. They have also been invaluable to man as messenger birds, especially in times of war.

If you live in an urban or suburban area, you may well have these birds visit your garden. If so, take time to study them. You will notice that there are a wide variety of patterns and colours in their plumage. They vary from white through to black. Some are a blue-grey colour and some are brown. Some are banded, some are chequered and some are just plain and some are mottled. Such a variety of shades is due to interbreeding with escaped ornamental birds and racing birds. A recent survey found that a pigeon will breed with a pigeon which looks different to itself and this also adds to the variety found in their plumage. It is also genetically sound practice.

The success of the Feral Pigeon is down to the ability of them to breed throughout the year. Also, tall buildings, window ledges and the underside of bridges give them good nesting and roosting sites. Of course food is also readily available in urban areas. Their natural food is seed and grain but in towns they will eat discarded chips, pies and other scraps of food. In fact they will eat most foodstuffs which humans throw away on the ground.

The density of feral pigeons in urban areas has caused concern with many councils and some will prosecute people who feed them. It is known that pigeons can cause structural damage to buildings, their fouling poses an aesthetic and public health risk and they can spread disease and parasites. Others say these claims are exaggerated.
The fact that there are Peregrine Falcons in a lot of cities nowadays doesn’t seem to make much difference to pigeon populations. The Peregrine Falcon has quite an eclectic taste in birds and only few feral pigeons are actually picked off.

I think one has to admit that these successful birds do add some character to our many concrete cities and towns.
 

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