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A Poem for February
I sit up here in my worn out chair and do as I am told.
But I have my mind to wonder in and dream my days away,
Remembering fantastic things that I did yesterday.
I keep my thoughts a secret so no one can dispute
The little changes that I make, the ones I make to suit.
It’s strange how perfect life seemed then, how like a yearned for dream,
What’s happening now is such a drag, like a boring movie scene.
And so I turn inside my mind to create a dream or two,
I’ve got my mind to play with, but I’ve shared a bit with you!
Jean K Cave
Lambley Historical Society
24th Feb Ted White – Was Francis Viscount Lovel buried in Gedling Church?
23rd March Brian Howes – The Inns & Beer Houses of Old Nottingham
27th April Brian Lund – Edwardian Nottingham in colour.
17th May Bygone Shops of Nottingham guided walk with Chris Weir
13th June Tour of Woodthorpe Grange Park
21st July Visit to the Newark Heritage Barge “The Leicester Trader”
28th Sept Ruth Imeson – The Story of Lt Ted Ward
26th Oct William Ruff – The Gunpowder Plot
23rd Nov Michael Harrison – Secrets Below – Underground with Britain’s WW2 War Effort
All talks take place at Lowdham WI Hall, start at 7.30 and are followed by tea or coffee afterwards. New members and guests always welcome.
Does the Risk of Flooding Affect Mental Health and Quality of Life?
That’s the question that is currently being investigated by academics at the University of Nottingham.
You can download a letter which gives details of the study, along with instructions on how to take part by clicking HERE.
Please note: This study is looking at the effects of local flooding on any Woodborough residents even if you have not been personally flooded.
House Sparrow Terrace
Photo by Jean Powley
To Let – A Desirable Residence for House Sparrows
During the last weekend of January, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch took place as it usually does each year. Despite a drastic decline in numbers, the most recorded bird of this popular garden birdwatching event is usually the House Sparrow and I have little doubt that it will maintain the honour of first place when the results are revealed later on this year. I find this constantly frustrating as House Sparrows rarely enter my garden and my most frequent visiting bird is either the Woodpigeon or Blackbird.
The House Sparrow is a gregarious bird and always hangs about in groups, often quarrelsome groups at that. How many times have you walked alongside a hedge or shrub to hear them squabbling ten to the dozen and yet can’t even see them. I have decided that I fall within two stools. There is one group living in gardens about 50 yards away and there us another about 50 yards in the opposite direction. I appear to fall in ‘no man’s land.’ The only time I get House Sparrows in my garden is usually one week in summer when parents decide to take their fledged youngsters on holiday to ‘no man’s land.’ I have a noisy flurry of sparrow activity for this one week and then that’s it. The holiday season is over.
So what can I do about this problem? National Nest Box Week commences on 14th February so perhaps I should invest in a nest box specifically constructed for House Sparrows. They normally nest in colonies and the type of nest box, usually called a ‘sparrow terrace’ is unlike the small ones that one puts up for Blue Tits, those with one small hole. The latter will not encourage House Sparrows to nest in them. Indeed, a House Sparrow wouldn’t fit through a 28mm hole. The ‘sparrow terrace’ is much wider, has three separate chambers each with its own hole, which is 32 mm in diameter.
If you, like me have an absence of House Sparrows in your garden, why not consider purchasing a House Sparrow terrace. I would be interested to learn if you manage to get nesting House Sparrows.
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 email@example.com or visit www.bto.org/gbw