Their latest newsletter can be seen here
Their latest newsletter can be seen here
The council worked with Ruislip Woods Trust to acquire Copse Wood, which will become part of the council-owned Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve. The nature reserve consists of 726 acres and constitutes 10 per cent of ancient, semi-natural woodland in Greater London.
From 1st October HOAC will be forced to close as the Centre finally succumbs to the advancing HS2 project. HOAC will continue to exist, they have the funding in place to relocate and will return. There will however be a period of time that they will be unable to operate.
Further information: https://www.hoac.net/hoac-closure/
The Fore St Bridge Coat-of-Arms – When was it Removed? LB Hillingdon Archives have put out a call on social media here…. facebook.com/HillingdonHeritage
Most of us are suffering from this prolonged hot and dry spell so spare a thought for the young trees our Council have planted. We have noticed a few saplings with leaves turning brown through dehydration.
The Council does have a contractor to look after watering but as you can imagine they are quite stretched at the moment.
Can we appeal to those green-fingered residents who happen to have a young tree outside of their property to ” adopt” this tree and help to keep it alive during dry weather. Most of these have a green hydration bag attached. If you could give these a couple of watering cans of buckets of water every few days it would be a great help.
The Open Spaces Society held their virtual AGM on July 9th consisting of the minimum statutory business and with all voting by proxy. We saw a similar number of participants using the online voting facility as voted by post in previous years. There are a number of significant changes to the board and the draft minutes with all of the detail from the event are on our website. https://www.oss.org.uk/agm2020-2/
Following many messages from residents, Cllr. Puddifoot has announced that the Lido Beach will be closed, once again, from Monday 1st June.
No date, or criteria for any future re-opening, have, as yet been confirmed.
The latest Green Belt Newsletter is attached here: LGBC E-NEWSLETTER MAY 2020
It is a very busy time at the moment for our feathered friends. Watching house sparrows and starlings visit their nests under the eaves of my roof has become one of my favourite pastimes. Constantly flying in and out, to feed their chicks; do they ever rest?
The best part is when you spot a fluffy baby bird, just about to fledge. I consider myself very fortunate to have them here, since both birds are red-listed as a species of high conservation concern.
It’s not all bad news though – more recent surveys suggest that numbers are once again on the increase in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In terms of identification, male house sparrows look a little smarter than the females, with their black bibs and white cheeks.
As for the starling, research shows a decrease in numbers by about 66% from the mid seventies. In the summer, their glossy black plumage shimmers with a purplish-green wash. They also have yellow beaks. In winter their plumage is spotted with beige.
Starlings are known for murmurations – when large numbers of starlings flock together – diving and swooping, forming immense patterns in the sky.
Today, the best places to see murmurations are in more rural areas such as Middleton Moor- Derbyshire, Brighton’s derelict west pier and Gretna Green in Scotland.
Have you got sparrows or starlings in your garden or street?
Why not join in with the RSPB bird watching challenge – https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/go-birdwatching/.
Or, make a home for starlings – https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/createacosystarlinghome/
Diana Williams, local resident who helps with ‘Classroon in the Woods’
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