No. 88 – AUTUMN 2008
Summer seems to have faded into autumn almost imperceptibly – just
a gradual cooling, and rather rapid dimming of the light with continuation
of the monsoon. The skies have suddenly emptied this week – the
martins and swallows seems to have departed at least a week earlier than
usual. It’s not for a shortage of insects, to judge by the number
of mosquito bites I have been getting. Perhaps they are craving the sun
as much as we are.
Other birds have been spreading into the area. The Red Kites are seen
more often, hawking over Oxford itself, and extending further west. And
Little Egrets are arriving in increasing numbers. There are often one
or two in the local gravel pits. Pairs of Little Egrets have nested in
Oxfordshire for the last 6 years, successfully rearing young. Watch out,
too, for the Great White Egret. The fourth Oxfordshire sighting was in
May this year at Farmoor. In May, too, a Cattle Egret was seen for the
first time in the county, near Sutton. We shall probably never see many
of these, as the county does not have a lot of cattle.
I fear the gloomy wet summer has not been good for birds or butterflies.
I have seen very few of the smaller young birds this year, including fewer
baby Blackbirds than usual and hardly any young tits. Also the buddleia
has had very few butterflies on it.
But the Hedgehogs do seem to be thriving well – my garden is spangled
with their signatures every day. Not surprising, as the slug and snail
populations have boomed, and my hostas look like doilies, despite lavish
helpings of bird-friendly slug bait. And no doubt we are in for a rich
array of fungi this autumn, though they do like a bit of warmth as well
Frogs and toads too, are enjoying the wet weather. My garden is full of
small ones, my large resident frog having been eaten by a (very large)
Grass Snake last summer. The hostas are still mourning its loss. This
frog used to love my garden hose. As soon as I began watering it would
emerge and sit, snout pointed upward, to let the water run all over its
body. This behaviour is not uncommon – I know another gardener whose
frog behaves in the same way.
The mice have moved indoors already – who can blame them? A mouse-friendly
neighbour has been using live traps to get rid of them, but it’s
not so easy. Convinced that the same mouse was returning time after time,
she clipped a piece out of its ear – and sure enough – it
was the same mouse. She then took it further and further away, but each
time it returned. Finally, from a distance of 4 miles it failed to return.
This, of course, doesn’t prove anything other than that you need
to take it at least 4 miles away - it may have been eaten by an owl or
Last year was disastrous for small mammals, as many drowned or were washed
away in the floods. We have had more floods this summer – on one
occasion I drove from Cassington to Yarnton with water gushing like a
river from beneath one hedge across the road to the other hedge. The roads
in Yarnton were completely under water, in places up a foot deep. By the
time the car had crawled through the water to the Post Office, it had
closed because it, too, was flooded. Let’s hope the small animals
were not too badly hit. Certainly the moles have been throwing up hillocks
in new, drier areas.
But the trees appear to have thrived, putting on tremendous growth this
summer. The Wychwood Project’s recording of ancient trees is proceeding
apace. Oxfordshire has many splendid specimens. I remember one huge Wild
Service tree encountered on a Friends of Wychwood walk. Few people know
that local inns called ‘The Chequers’ mostly got the name
from a large Wild Service tree, whose local name is Chequers. Such trees
were often gathering places for village folk. According to the Woodland
Trust, the UK may have the largest concentration of ancient trees in northern
Europe. In just 120 square miles of West Oxfordshire, the Project has
identified about 500 ancient tees (large trees estimated to be at least
500 years old), and that area excluded the big estates of Blenheim, Cornbury
I am grateful to all of you to all who contributed to this newsletter,
especially Jill Bailey who, once again, has written an interesting editorial.
Without your contributions there would be no newsletter!
Don’t forget this is newsletter is intended to be used by members
to share their observations, make comments, etc. on anything associated
with wildlife and the countryside, as well as for reports of walks and
trips that you make with the Field Club or even with any other like-minded
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Brenda Betteridge (Newsletter Editor)
REPORTS OF FIELD MEETINGS
Foxholes 3 May 2008
A small group turned out after an indifferent morning to walk through
the woods and associated meadows of this BBOWT reserve. The weather was
dry but remained cool which kept birds out of slight. However, we did
hear a Cuckoo and spotted Blackbird, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch
Flowers were rather more in evidence with White Deadnettle, Greater Stitchwort,
Dandelion, Cow Parsley, Cowslip, Hogweed, Common Vetch, Ground Ivy, Daisy,
Jack-by-the-Hedge, Lesser Celandine, Tormentil, Wild Arum, Bluebell, Dog
Violet, Primrose, Bugle, Germander Speedwell, Wood Sorrel, Lady’s
Smock, Ribwort Plantain, Early Purple Orchid and a Cherry tree in flower.
Dawn Chorus – Macaroni Farm, Eastleach 11 May 2008 at 04.00 hrs
This was our third visit to Eastleach for our annual Dawn Chorus meeting,
again by kind permission of Mr Charles Phillips who unfortunately was
unable to attend this year. We took the usual route along the valley of
the River Leach towards the village, encountering more beef cattle with
their calves than bleating sheep and lambs, resulting in rather less noise
As I left home (Herefordshire) at 02.42 hrs there were echoes of Christmas
– it really was a ‘Silent Night’ – the stars were
shining and there was not a breath of wind. Much to my surprise part of
the Gloucester ring road was closed, which resulted in my slightly delayed
arrival at Sheep’s Bridge at 03.52 hrs. I was delighted to see several
cars had already arrived. This was the first time at Eastleach that we
have had the traditional start to our dawn chorus with the song of not
one but two Skylarks at 04.00 hrs on the dot, as the dawn began to break.
We commenced the walk at 04.10 hrs having already recorded five species.
There were at least a trio of Skylarks singing as we reached the high
ground, to the delight of all present. Wrens were the dominant songsters
as we walked through the woodland. The odds are that the unidentified
Wagtail was a Pied! As in 2006, we enjoyed excellent views of a Barn Owl,
a species which in some areas is suffering from starvation due to a crash
in the small mammal population as a result of last year’s very wet
summer. On reaching the village, we added a further eight species to the
list (see below). With the exception of Long-tailed Tit, the other seven
are traditionally linked with some form of human habitation, this giving
a total of 37 species.
Bird list with the time of
each first species recorded:
04.08 Red-legged Partridge
04.09 Tawny Owl
04.23 Song Thrush
04.49 Blue Tit
04.52 Great Tit
05.03 Garden Warbler
05.15 Grey Heron
05.17 Carrion Crow
05.25 Stock Dove
05.42 Great-spotted Woodpecker
05.43 Wagtail (Pied?)
05.44 Barn Owl
05.48 Green Woodpecker
06.39 House Sparrow
06.40 Collared Dove
07.00 Long-tailed Tit
Species recorded on our two previous visits, but not this year, were Lapwing,
Magpie, Yellowhammer, Mute Swan and Willow Warbler. In a recent article
in The Independent entitled ‘The great migration crisis’ it
stated that Willow Warblers are down by 60% long term (1967–2005)
and down 16% short term (1995–2005). This may well be a contribution
to the absence of this species! We have yet to hear a Cuckoo at Eastleach,
while on the plus side Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch and Greenfinch
were new species for our list. The weather remained perfect throughout
the duration and was enjoyed by a dozen Field Club members plus the two
secretaries from Barrington Park Estate and a trio of ladies from Eastleach.
Many thanks indeed to you all for your support. I hope to see you again
next year. A special thank you to Judy Branson for ferrying the car drivers
back to their vehicles at Sheeps Bridge.
Despite not being 100% of late Yvonne and Roger insisted they would provide
the now traditional ‘Overflowing Hailey’ breakfast. All 12
club members took advantage of this kind and very generous offer. Was
anybody disappointed? No chance! Thank you both as always.
Highnam Woods and Newent Birds of Prey Centre 31 May 2008
The weather on Saturday 31 May turned out to be one of the best for the
month when members of WOFC drove down to Highnam Woods RSPB reserve just
the other side of Gloucester.
The previous week, when I had carried out a recce, I was rather disappointed
because the bird hide had been vandalised and closed off together with
easy access to the pond. However, on the day, I met the warden who had
been monitoring some of the nest boxes and was able to give us a lot of
helpful information about the site. It is a large area of mixed woodland
and this was full of birdsong, probably encouraged by the bright sunshine.
Lots of Song Thrushes were singing interspersed with the songs of Willow
Warblers and Blackcaps, plus a lot of the common woodland species. Raven
called as they flew over and we listened to at least three Nightingales
singing close to us. Ragged Robin grows in profusion along the woodland
rides. Broad-bodied Chaser dragonflies could be seen basking in the sun
on the pond edge and frequently flying rapidly to change position. On
a good day, this reserve has a lot of potential and is known to have nesting
Pied Flycatchers and Goshawks.
We had lunch at the Traveller’s Rest at Malswick before rounding
off the day with an afternoon at the fascinating Newent National Birds
of Prey Centre where we were able to see several birds in flight including
a Burrowing Owl, Red Kite and a Peregrine–Merlin cross, which was
extremely fast. Many of the birds are captive bred or taken in as injured
birds and most are flown regularly.
Oxford Canal/Shipton Quarry
8 June 2008
John Brucker kindly agreed to lead us on this walk as access to Shipton
Quarry has now been denied by the new owners. In any case the habitat
in the quarry had been largely destroyed as a preliminary to a large development
– later turned down by the Planning Authorities. People living on
the canal in narrow boats told us that Peregrines were nesting on ‘Smokey
Joe’, the chimney of the old cement works.
List of birds counted and comments by John:
Mallard 2 adult 2 juv
Green Woodpecker 1
Buzzard 1 over
Reed Bunting 10+
Reed Warbler 5+
Garden Warbler 1
Long-tailed Tit 2
Song Thrush 1
Black-headed Gull 5
Common Tern 2
Birds missing but once common
here: Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler.
We failed to see Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, and Kestrel
that are usually present. Did we hear a Cuckoo? They were unusually common
this year around the Cherwell valley.
Thatcham Reedbeds Nature Reserve
and Bucklebury Common 15 June 2008
This was a joint Oxford RSPB Local Group/West Oxon Field Club trip. Seven
RSPB group and two WOFC members met up at the Thatcham reserve on a bright
evening, but with dark clouds on the horizon. However, once a brief hail
shower had passed, it remained fine. As we walked from the visitor centre
car park along the edge of the main open pool (Thatcham Lake) we watched
Common Terns nesting on a raft and Sand Martins also nesting, but in an
artificial sand-bank – a very large box of sand with holes in its
front, supported above the water on stilts. Small bird species were singing
all round the reserve but they were very difficult to see. We did, however,
get good views of Sedge Warblers and Long-tailed Tits.
On arrival at Bucklebury Common we heard several Tawny Owls calling. Then
Woodcock started their roding flights, grunting and squeaking as they
flew over. Finally, at 9.30 pm, a seemingly lone Nightjar started its
coarse purring song and, from time to time, flitted to and fro. It sang
almost continually until we left at 10.15.
Great-crested Grebe Mute Swan Canada Goose Mallard
Tufted Duck Moorhen Coot Woodcock
Common Tern Woodpigeon Collared Dove Tawny Owl
Nightjar Swift Great Spotted Woodpecker Sand Martin
Wren Robin Blackbird Song Thrush
Sedge Warbler Blackcap Chiffchaff Willow Warbler
Long-tailed Tit Blue Tit Carrion Crow House Sparrow
Chaffinch Greenfinch Goldfinch
In search of the Bee Orchid – Broadwell Airfield 17 June 2008
About 15 members turned out on one of those ‘barmy’ June evenings
when a fleece was needed and the sun wasn’t shining. However, it
was dry and one stalwart arrived in open-toed sandals because he was going
to insist that it was summer.
We plunged through a hedge, following a public footpath sign, and stood
amongst a sea of Pyramid Orchids close to the old runway of Broadwell
airfield. Since the Dakotas and gliders left for the assault on Arnhem
the airfield has been unused in several large areas and, consequently,
a profusion of wild flowers has appeared.
I had planned a circular walk to take in the varied flora of wild unused
land, cultivated hedgerow, a stream through a wood and an open field but
progress was so very slow through the wild unused section that the rest
of the route was abandoned.
Apart from the Pyramid Orchids we found many excellent large Bee Orchids
and even a Common Spotted Orchid.
The group strolled, knelt, resorted to books and discussed the many specimens
found from orchids to Hemlock and Parsnip. After a couple of hours the
circular route was deemed impossible to complete and steps were retraced
such that more specimens were found. A faint red glow behind the clouds
indicated that we should give up for the evening before it became impossible
to find our way off the airfield.
P.S. from Sue Morton. The plump
green caterpillar found on some Mellilot was later identified as one of
the burnet moths. I also found a spectacular Vapourer Moth caterpillar
in my car when I returned to it at the end of the walk.
Common Spotted Orchid
This is probably not the complete
plant list – I know that many more species grow in this area! (BJB)
Chimney Meadows 28 June 2008
Fourteen of us turned up in the car park at Chimney Meadows and it was
encouraging to welcome some new faces, the information about this meeting
having been picked it up from the Oxford Times or the notice board in
the Oxford library. We were lucky with the weather again although the
wind was a bit too strong to encourage many butterflies to show.
From the approach road, in the remains of a flooded field, a Common Tern
was spotted and there were a number of Little Egrets and a Grey Heron.
It was interesting to see the improvements to the reserve, BBOWT’s
largest nature reserve, since we had visited two or three years back.
There were a lot more wildflowers and the paths are well marked and cut
now with a long section of board walk on the approach to two rather impressive
bird hides. One of these has a turf roof and what appeared to be a Wren’s
nest in an outside crevice near the roof with an obvious hole into it.
The board walk was constructed of planks that appeared to be recycled
plastic. What a good use for it. I would imagine this to be more durable
than wood and it seemed to blend in very well in dark brown, rough grained
for good grip in wet weather. It will be a good walk to do on a summer
evening again in the future when we might get another view of a Barn Owl
which we were lucky enough to see last time.
Here are some of the birds (seen and heard), flowers and butterflies seen
on this walk. We missed our WOFC flower experts!
Common Tern Little Egret Black Headed Gull Chiff Chaff Yellowhammer Skylark
Red Kite Whitethroat Wren
Swift Chaffinch Tufted Duck
Great Tits and young House Martin Moorhen
Redshank Mallard and young Cormorant
(Moorhen’s nest) Lesser Whitethroat
Meadow Brown Small Blue Small Skipper
Orange-tip Red Admiral Ringlet
Banded Demoiselle Large Red Common Blue
Wendlebury Meads 13 July 2008
A cloudy but fine and warm afternoon saw a small group of members turn
out for a walk near to the site of the proposed new ‘eco town’
of Weston Otmoor. There is little doubt that such a development would,
by disturbance, leave a damaging effect on the small but rich BBOWT reserve
and the nearby Meads.
Birds were disappointingly few but, before we started, four Red Kites
offered us some very close views. An elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
was seen together with a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and, either seen or
heard were Kestrel, Pigeon, Collared Dove and Garden Warbler.
Other animals seen were Common Darter Dragonfly and the following butterflies:
Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Silver
Spotted Skipper and Dark Green or Silver Washed Fritillary.
The following plants were noted: Greater Willowherb, White Bryony, Greater
Hogweed, Woundwort, Oxford Ragwort, Yellow Rattle, Rosebay Willowherb,
Meadowsweet, Lesser Bindweed, Clovers (red and white), St John’s
Wort, Greater Knapweed, Betany and Ragged Robin.
WOFC Weekend in Suffolk 18–20
Five of us spent a bracing weekend near Diss, around the Suffolk–Norfolk
border. It was great weather for walking and photography – the racing
clouds enhanced the wide open skies of the rolling landscape. But occasionally
they came too close for comfort, and we got a good soaking on a couple
of occasions – there are very few places to shelter in the middle
of a large fen!
We were based at the very comfortable White Horse Inn at Stoke Ash, near
Diss. The food was so good we did not bother to look elsewhere.
Regrave and Lopham Fen spans
300 acres, and is the largest lowland valley fen in England and Wales,
rescued from near destitution and almost totally drained in the 1990s.
It is claimed to have 260 species of wild flower, but we found (recognised)
only 61. This is an expansive landscape of a large fen with, in places,
open water between the reed beds, and in the distance a wet marsh grazed
by Polish Tarpan ponies. These were especially imported to maintain this
habitat as they are happy to graze in water up to their bellies, unlike
our native pony breeds.
There were several small pools near the path, fringed by reeds. Here one
may on rare occasions see the most famous inhabitant of this fen –
the rare Fishing Spider. A large spider, it rests on aquatic plants with
one ‘toe’ on the surface film of the water, to sense vibrations
of insects falling into the water, which it then seizes. It also actively
hunts small water animals. We didn’t see any spiders, but a local
informed us that he had been looking out for them for 20 years and had
not seen them. Some of the larger pools are home to a great variety of
dragonflies and damsels. We saw few other insects probably because of
the strong wind. But Sedge Warblers ‘sang’ from hiding places
in the reeds, and House Martins, Swifts and Swallows swooped all around
us, hunting low over the open water.
The banks adjoining the reed beds are a rich habitat for wildflowers,
and we were pausing every few steps to identify them. The paths were bright
with Yellow and Purple Loosestrife, the mauve fluffy heads of Hemp Agrimony,
and tiny stars of yellow Cinquefoil and Tormentil.
Roydon Fen, just a few miles
away, was much wetter – a dense reed bed that swayed above our heads.
It was bridged by a very narrow boardwalk, just two railway sleepers wide
which was rather uneven, rocking not only from side to side, but also
up and down! It kept us from some rather deep water. Walking along it
was a very strange sensation. We visited in stormy weather, and the reeds
were swirling around and above our heads, so that we couldn’t see
ahead, behind or the sky above, while the boardwalk rocked unhelpfully.
Afterwards we discovered that we had all felt extremely giddy and queasy,
and very uneasy. Definitely an ‘experience’! Starry white
Marsh Stitchwort drifted between the reeds. There were supposed to be
various carnivorous plants and orchids and other rare species there, but
it came on to rain very heavily and soon we were soaked by the reeds all
around and we didn’t stay to explore, returning to the cars to wring
out our clothes and empty our boots.
The fen was surrounded by Alder carr, with Reed Sweetgrass in the ditches,
and lots of horsetails. We found water plants like Brooklime, Lesser Water
Parsnip, Watercress and Water Forget-me-not. This is definitely a place
to revisit and explore in better weather.
Lackford Lakes is a mixed reserve
of small lakes, reedbeds and some very dry stony habitats with a great
range of wild flowers. In places the paths were lined with bright blue
ribbons of Viper’s Bugloss, interspersed with Ragwort. There were
colourful patches of other flowers – Scabious, Centaury and pretty
little Wild Pansies. On the driest parts we found Cudweed and large clumps
There were not many birds here, but we did spot a Hobby. We would probably
have seen more if we had visited some of the hides close to the main lake
but we were short of time. The ones we did visit were mainly in the reeds.
On the last day we visited
Lakenheath Fen, a relatively new wetland RSPB reserve being developed
rather in the way that Otmoor is being expanded. Only 12 years ago, it
was a carrot field! Now it is home to Marsh Harriers, Hobbies, Beaded
Tits, Bitterns, Golden Orioles and a host of warblers. You had to walk
a long way to reach the hides and the weather was not very nice, so only
Sue ventured that far, while Diana and Jill explored the habitats closer
to the car park. There is a vast reed swamp, mainly of Reed Sweetgrass
(Glyceria maxima), which we were told is under water for most of the winter.
In the distance was a large expanse of water with swans, ducks and other
water birds. A river winds its way through the reserve, and there were
clumps of aspens and other trees that are home to orioles, though these
remained elusive as usual.
Here is Sue Morton’s report on what she saw. The birds at Lakenheath
Fen RSPB reserve were all added after I parted company from Jill and Diana.
They will remember that it was cool and quite windy that afternoon –
I had decided to press on to one of the more distant viewing points in
the reserve (they don’t run to the luxury of hides) where some lucky
people had apparently seen Cranes within the last few days, via a poplar
plantation said to be home to some Golden Orioles. When I got to the poplars,
I met a couple diligently scanning the treetops for the surprisingly elusive
bright yellow and black orioles, without success while I was there. It
was too windy to hear the beautiful fluting calls that normally give them
away. The very extensive reed beds were clearly full of small birds sheltering
from the wind, judging by the amount of twittering coming out of them.
On one of the few areas of open water there was a family of Great Crested
Grebes, but most of the reserve is reed beds which you can look over from
an elevated footpath along the top of a dyke. I got good views of Marsh
Harriers which had evidently bred there – some of the reserve paths
had been closed to keep over-enthusiastic birdwatchers away from the nest.
The young had fledged and seemed to be flying well. Just outside the main
part of the reserve, but visible from the elevated footpath, is the river
and interesting wet meadows, which I suspect would be good for waders
I have just checked the RSPB website and find that the Marsh Harriers
at Lakenheath Fen actually raised 17 young from six nests. I am now ashamed
that I didn’t see more of them!
Species list for the whole
Redgrave and Lopham Fen
Common Meadow Rue
Butterflies and moths
Cinnabar moth caterpillar
Five-spot Burnet moth
Large Red Damselfly
Possibly also the Brilliant Emerald (Somatachlora metallica) and the Black-tailed
skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Polish Tarpan ponies
Lesser Water Parsnip
Reeds (lots and lots of including Reed Sweetgrass and Common Reed)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lakenheath Fen (RSPB)
Reeds (lots and lots and lots but predominantly Reed Sweetgrass)
Great Crested Grebe and young
Marsh Harrier and young
Asham Meads 12 August 2008
After a very cool, wet day nine members met at this small BBOWT reserve
adjacent to the recently acquired meadows of the RSPB Otmoor reserve.
The evening was cool and overcast but dry. The cool conditions kept the
butterflies down but some sharp-eyed members spotted Small Copper, Small
White and particularly abundant were Common Blue. Two male Common Blues
briefly opened their wings and eggs found on grasses were probably of
this species. Other insects were Grasshoppers, Dragonflies and Bush Cricket.
Birds seen were Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Kestrel, Common Crow
and Little Egret. A Roe Deer also showed itself. The meadows had been
mown but wide verges had been left uncut to display the rich flora which
includes Betany, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Greater Knapweed, Tufted Vetch,
Agrimony, Quaking Grass, Buttercups, Red Clover, Black Medick, Club Rush,
Timothy Grass, Lesser Spearwort, Water Plantain, Water Lily and Water
There is always something new
While enjoying walk in the Pentland hills a short distance outside Edinburgh
in early September 2007. My attention was drawn to a white flower amongst
a patch of Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi). On investigation I was
amazed to find that the white flower was also a Ragged Robin – this
was another first for me.
On Sunday 9 March 2008 at approximately 10.00 hrs while in the company
of three friends from Edinburgh who were doing the WeBS wildfowl count
from the hide at Bavelaw Marsh, Midlothian (near the Pentland hills) we
watched an immature White-tailed Eagle (Haliaetus albicilla) with white
wing tags hunting over the western end of the open water of the Marsh
which was thick with Wigeon (Anas penelope), Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted
Duck (Aythya fuligula), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and Mute and Whooper
Swans (Cygnus olor and Cygnus cygnus). For at least 10 minutes we had
marvellous views of the eagle as it passed repeatedly back and forth very
low over the wildfowl, causing a lot of panic. At one point it hovered
just above the heads of a small group of swans as if contemplating an
attack on one of them. After failing to catch any prey it flew off westwards,
putting up large flocks of Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) and Common and
Black-headed Gulls (Larus canus and Larus ridibundus) from the fields
north and west of the Marsh reserve.
Graham J. Wren
BITS AND BOBS
Thank you very much for supporting our annual plant sale which was held
once again at the last indoor meeting in aid of BBOWT, our local wildlife
trust. We only managed to raise £29 but all the plants which were
not sold were given another chance of finding a home at Foxholes Open
Day on 11 May. It was a lovely afternoon and I enjoyed manning the plant
stall in the sunshine outside the barn where the teas were served and
making an additional small contribution to BBOWT this way. A special thank
you to whoever brought along the salmon pink geranium plants – I
bought them and gave them to my mother and they have been producing a
lovely show of colour in the pots outside her house all summer despite
the miserable weather.
In the report in the last newsletter (No. 87) about the Club’s visit
to the Rothschild Museum, an elephant was listed as one of the exhibits.
Apparently there is no elephant there and it should have read an elephant
bird. Sorry Jill, I must have inadvertently deleted the word ‘bird’.
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