Judging by the noise in the evening the owl population is thriving. I follow the sound and look for them but, like the pantomime character, it is always a case of “he’s behind you”, and I have not yet spotted one. A family member has been more fortunate, though, and regularly sees a barn owl. I shall have to be more enterprising and vary the evening dog-walk in the hope of seeing it too.
Bourne Wood, on the edge of Epperstone Playing Field is looking good after a tidy-up by members of the Woodborough Scout group. Some of the dead trees have been replaced by new plantings,
an area has been extended to include a group of willows and bat boxes and nest boxes have been put up. Bourne Wood was originally planted to celebrate the Millenium in the year 2000 and was composed of trees to represent each child in the village. It also includes trees planted in memory of village residents and special events.
I have just seen the results of the Farmland Bird Count published last week. Nine hundred and fifty people took part and one hundred and twenty seven species were recorded. An increased number of species was spotted including several on the red (i.e. endangered species) list.
Closer to home: Harry, the self-propelled lawnmower, has gone out on loan, due to the impending absence of his owner. He will be much missed but as he will now have a field companion he will be happy.