BRIDGWATER and District U3A
Natural History Meetings:        4th Wednesday of each Month      Group Leader:   Hilary Telephone:       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 ~ update Our 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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