Natural HistoryMeetings: 4th Wednesday of each Month Group Leader: HilaryTelephone: 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 group’s usual format has been turned on its’ head recently! Towards the end of last year, I was finding organising everything was getting just too much, so decided to re-hash the format. At our post-Christmas meal/planning meeting at the end of January, I suggested we each take a month in turn alphabetically, to organise a ‘trip’, and this was accepted.The poor weather that dogged us in April, continued into May, when a small group of us re-visited the Arboretum at Kingston St Mary, near Taunton. Many of the group had prior holiday arrangements but, at least, it made it easier for the owner to talk to us in a small group. The trees did look rather different than when we saw them last year, the pond was that much more attractive and there was much more bird life.We followed up our visit with a very tasty lunch at ‘The Swan’ in Kingston. This pub has recently changed hands and the new, young couple have great plans for its future.Sometimes, we can organise events well in advance like that one, but often, the more spontaneous ones prove to be the most successful. So it was with our June trip, to Abbotsbury Swannery, which was only organised the month before. Janet and Peter saw signs for it in May, thought there might still be many fluffy cygnets around a month later and they were right!We visited on a gorgeous day, with a sea breeze to take off some of the heat and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Peter and Shirley both volunteered to toss a bucket of grain to the swans; they got lucky as there were few children about that day, who usually get picked first. However, we noticed that several of the birds decided not to wait to be fed, they just helped themselves from the barrow.After we left the Swannery, we went on to West Bay for a chippie supper and, in some cases, an ice cream as well!John is planning to take us butterfly watching in July, to an area of woodland that will be totally new to me, and to many others of the group I suspect. Let’s hope the insects oblige us with a good display!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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