Regular moth trapping continues in the Country Park, using the Friends' Robinson moth trap. Highlight today [June 23 ] was this Small Elephant Hawk Moth , together with its much larger and commoner relative, the Elephant Hawk Moth.
Tonight’s planning committee voted unanimously against the retrospective application, so all the weeks of uncertainty have paid off. We can all relax for a bit, but this is not the end of the line and we will see what happens next! In the meantime, a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this, not least Councillor Hodges who gave a brilliant speech.
This beautiful Golden Ringed Dragonfly was found near Saxon and Barn Ponds recently. It appears to be a first record for the Country Park; this is a female and their wasp-like colouration and the visible ovipositor are said to be responsible for the [erroneous !] belief that Dragonflies can sting.
A quick reminder that our chairman, Andrew Blackman, will be speaking at tomorrow night’s planning committee; he will be arguing against the retrospective application for the increase in size of the new building. The meeting is open to all, so please do come and support him if you can! The committee meets at 6pm tomorrow,Wednesday 18th June in the council chamber at the Town Hall; the entrance is in Queen’s Road. There is likely to be a very large attendance tomorrow, so arrive reasonably early if you’d like a seat! It will help Andrew, and help our cause, if those who do attend can behave in a quiet and dignified manner at the meeting. We look forward to seeing many of you then.
We had an excellent morning on Saturday with Dr Nikki Gammans of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who gave a fascinating talk, then led us on a short walk along Barley Lane where we found 6 species of bumblebee, and then back to the Milking Parlour to view all the Bumblebee Conservation Trust material on offer
The weather forecast was terrible and we really didn't think anyone would turn up - but in the end there were six of us, the rain stopped and we had a lovely Tai Chi session with the wonderful Catherine Burnett.
A peaceful Protest Picnic for all the family (and pets!) is planned for Sunday 15th June from 1pm on the East Hill. This is not organised by the Friends, so for those who are interested to learn more, please follow this link: