Natural HistoryMeetings: 4th Wednesday of each Month Group Leader: HilaryTelephone: 01278 431853
The Natural History group includes bird watching, but titled thus gives us a wider scope.We are planning various visits to local wildlife hotspots over the next few months.
Natural History Group ~ updateOur latest trip was to a mini arboretum/garden at Kingston-St-Mary, near Taunton.Again, we had rather an unpromising weather forecast, but were in luck as the sun came out and we had a good day. Apparently, the following one brought fog which sat on the hills all day. Not sure if it’s a case of ‘the sun shining on the righteous’ or ‘the devil looks after his own’! There was some difficulty in finding the place; as usual in villages the postcode covered a very wide area.Once we had got ourselves to the right location, our hostess greeted us with coffee and home-made cakes. Her husband then took us round his tree collection; we were all tremendously impressed by his knowledge and memory; wish mine was half as good! They had added more land to the original acreage 18 years ago so many of the trees were still quite young but how they had grown! Quite a warning to anyone considering planting a tree in their garden. He seemed to have a liking for unusual species of tree, such as weeping or corkscrew varieties, which all added to the interest.The older part of the garden had much more mature trees in it, including a magnolia and wisteria against the house, which was very old. There were also two ponds, which several dragonflies hovered about. We could hear various birds but there were still enough leaves on the trees to hide them.We then went on to the Swan at Kingston for an excellent lunch.As there was so much to see in the garden, our hosts offered us a return visit in the Spring, which we plan to accept. Everything will then look totally different, and we will at least know where to find them!If you are interested in finding out more about us, please ring me on 01278 431853. If I’m not around, please leave a message and I will endeavour to get back to you. Hilary
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