Beeston Village News & Events - we 10 September 2010
|Published: 7th September 2010 14:22|
BEESTON VILLAGE NEWS & EVENTS
WE 10 SEPTEMBER 2010
BIRD RINGING AND MOTH TRAPPING
The next bird ringing and moth trapping is this Sunday, 12 September from 9.0am at Cos Lodge. It may well be the last substantial catch of moths, so a calm, mild night is hoped for. Moths are not only an important part of the food chain, providing nourishment for birds; bats and other wildlife, but they are important bio-diversity indicators of habitat for other species. So they are a good guide to effective wildlife management. The Wildlife Group are very grateful to John Day for the use of his moth trap. Moth trap are expensive items of equipment because of the powerful bulb they use to attract the moths, and this autumn the Group will look at methods of funding this essential wildlife monitoring activity.
The August bird ringing culminated sensationally when Derek Guar caught 2 spectacular kingfishers, a male and a female. These sessions are such enjoyable, active, invigorating, environmentally stimulating occasions. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you want to know what you have missed go to Katie Fuller's remarkable website: http://photos/bogbumper/archives/date-taken/2010/08/15/. Many thanks to Derek Gruar and John Day for all this remarkable activity, which gathers invaluable data on the wildlife of our area.
HAY RAKE AND APPLE PIE EVENT
The Hay Rake and Apple Pie Event is on Saturday, 18 September from 2.00pm on the Green and at Cos Lodge OSGR: TL 171 479. All volunteers will be welcomed. Come and enjoy some community spirit, and exercise for your own health, and the benefit of conservation. The Meadow and the wildflower areas of Beeston Green will have been mown. Wild flowers are beginning to re-establish in Beeston. Recently in late April 60 fritillaries bloomed on the Green in front of the Cloches, following on from the 183 wild daffodils that bloomed there in March.
There has also been a continuing display of Jacob's ladder, Meadow cranesbill, Field scabious, Comfry, Corncockle, wild Honeysuckle, Borage, Herb Robert, Bird'sfoot trefoil, Purple loosestrife and now Hemp agrimony on the Middle Earth section of the Green. Areas of long grass are left for the flowers to bloom and seed in, and for wildlife to have a place to feed, shelter and breed. The long grass is cut in the autumn because the soil here is fertile. It is necessary to rake off the grass cuttings to enable the flowers to increase, and to protect them from being dominated by grass. Meet at 2.00pm at Cos Lodge for the practical work. Rakes and pitchforks can be supplied, or bring your own. Wear appropriate stout shoes, and wear gloves. Homemade apple pie and cream teas will be available from 3.30pm. If you have local garden produce to sell, bring it along. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a member of the Wildlife Group to join in. If raking is not for you, simply call in at Cos Lodge and enjoy some homemade apple pie and cream, and share and make the news, whilst re-oxygenating the blood.
Look out this week for migrating birds which are already beginning to gather on telegraph wires etc. The Committee met on Wednesday, 8 September to plan the calendar through to the AGM in spring next year. If you have places you wish to visit, or topics on which you would like further investigation do let Poppy Cope know on: 01767 680313. If you have a job which would be appropriate for the Task Team, or if you would like to volunteer ring Bryan Bourne on 681421. Why spend money keeping fit when you can do so by making a difference to your local environment. The hay rake is the first meeting of the Task Team, the doughty band of volunteers who work once a month through the winter on Saturday mornings from 10.00am until lunchtime, doing the care and maintenance jobs which make Beeston a better place to live, and give the village a cared-for appearance. The programme of tasks was an item on the agenda at the Wildlife committee meeting on Wednesday, 8 September.
The book ‘The History of Beeston, Living in this Subtle Landscape' will be published shortly. It is with the printer and the final cover design has only to be approved before the presses roll. The first date it is likely to be available is Saturday, 18 September. There will only be a limited first edition so if you would like to buy a copy, do contact Poppy Cope at Cos Lodge The Green Beeston on 680313. At long last this small rural and inherently proud hamlet has a charted history, which it is hoped will deepen interest in the settlement. It is a 108 page document with 6 maps and almost 100 photographs, in which there are 5 sections on topics of interest.
There was no service at Beeston this Sunday as members attended the welcome service at Trinity Methodist for the Rev. Andrew Hollins. The service next week will be one of Holy Communion and taken by the Rev .Jim Broadbridge. Youth club meets tonight (Friday 10 September) at 7.30pm all welcome.