Notice anything odd about this summer? Yes, it was hot and dry. But that is not what has worried me most about this summer. Not long ago a walk in the countryside in August would be a battle to keep the bugs at bay. Much arm waving on calm days and often walkers gave up… Continue reading Where have all the insects gone?
Many of you will have contributed to this annual survey. Here are the results for England. Results for other areas can be found here [embeddoc url=”http://www.friendsofbunburyvillage.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/326-0647-17-18_bgbw_2018_results_england.pdf” download=”all” viewer=”google“]
The initial land clearance has begun on the Hill Close site with the removal a fine hedge. As the photo above shows the developers have cleared out what was a big hedge to make way for the access road round the western side of the site. You may want to look at the… Continue reading Work starts on Hill Close site
The acquisition of this plot is going ahead. The plan appears to be to turn it into a woodland with some fruit trees included. The PC has the advantage of some expert advice and will be getting a report shortly on the best choices to be made.
Looking after the bird life around Bunbury: I have started to take my bird feeding a bit more seriously. Not just because of the recent cold weather but rather as a result of some lesson from a more informed friend. While positive about the location of the bird feeders near the hedge and under the… Continue reading Lessons in Winter Bird Feeding
Seen a Hedgehog recently? No, neither have I. They were very common when I was a lad. Some put the numbers in the 1950’s as high as 30 million or more. We would often leave milk and bread out food on a winter evening. Of course it should have been something like dog food, but… Continue reading Where are all our Hedgehogs?
Is outline planning consent a gateway round the more detailed full consent that enables developers to ‘sneak in’ features that would be objectionable if declared at the start? Often, as you can see along the A51 through Alphraham and next to the Medical Centre in Bunbury, outline planning consent is a prelude to the sale… Continue reading Many a slip from Outline to Completion
The Horse Chesnuts are already producing an abundant crop of nuts. You will have seen the leaves beginning to turn, and in some cases with well-developed Autumn colours. Or have they? We have heard much of the diseases attacking our trees. The Ash Dieback has been in the news lately, but a number of tree… Continue reading Autumn Worries