Bury Hospice visit

I thought the meeting between our Prime Minister and President Trump went as well as could be expected yesterday. He seemed pleased the Queen had extended an invitation for him to pay an official State Visit to the UK later in the year.

In addition to surgery I visited Bury Hospice yesterday to get the latest news from there. Obviously, as everyone knows there have been some difficulties at the Hospice in recent times but things are definitely improving and we all need to continue to support the brilliant work all the staff and volunteers do at the Hospice.

It is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend today and tomorrow and I am planning to take part again.

My results Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Nothing spectacular I am afraid. I duly settled down (in so far as you can settle down when standing up! ) and spent an hour yesterday morning taking part in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch. The idea is to record the maximum number of each species that visit at any one time. A task that is easier said than done especially for a novice like me. It is fairly easy when an easily identifiable collared dove comes and lands in the garden but most of the activity was from smaller birds, constantly flitting about in the bushes and trees. Unfortunately, no one had told them that it was Big Garden Birdwatch day and they should arrive in orderly groups for easy counting purposes. The other slight problem I had was with the light. I am not making excuses but the early morning light could at best be described as ‘very dull’.

My results in full were: goldfinch 6 chaffinch 6 blue tit 5 blackbird 2 collared dove 1 dunnock 1

The surprise was no robin made an appearance and no magpies popped by. The RSPB also ask that you should record any other wildlife and a grey squirrel appeared during my hour so I will be recording that when I send my results in.

Apologies to residents in the Brandlesholme area if your Saturday morning was disturbed by our Conservative team out and about. It was good to chat to you all.

Finally commiserations to Bury Football Club for losing out to Hull City in the FA Cup. Hull look likely to be in the Premiership again next season so it would have been a surprise had Bury won but they had done well to reach round 4.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

I am looking forward to taking part in this years Big Garden Birdwatch later. Organised by the the RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – it is apparently the world’s largest wildlife survey. It started in 1979 and has continued annually ever since so the scientists have 36 years worth of valuable evidence to study. Taking part is easy. A person just has to watch the birds that land in their garden during a one hour period. The idea is to count and record the maximum number of each species seen together at any one time – not the total number that might be seen during the hour. The RSPB send a useful identification guide which is helpful for those not so sure about how to identify the different bird types. I will report back on my results from our garden.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2010

This past weekend was the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. On Saturday I spent an hour noting the birds in our garden before visiting the St. Paul’s coffee morning in Ramsbottom and helping Susan with some shopping. I did not notice anything unusual although some long tailed tits visited which are always a delightful bird to observe. Strangely, not a single magpie there are usually one or two around.

Big Garden Birdwatch

David taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch

David taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch

I joined hundreds of thousands of others around the Country this morning by taking part in the 30th Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Birdwatching is one of my hobbies and both Sue and I are Life Members of the RSPB.

The way that the Big Garden Birdwatch operates is that participants have to record the maximum number of each individual species of birds that they see during a one hour period. I began by downloading the Personal Record Sheet from the RSPB’s website, this is not essential but it makes for easy recording of the results. Then having topped up the food in our garden bird feeders I began to observe. The start was slow and I realised that a neighbours feline was relaxing on the garden wall once it had moved in the activity began. You only record the birds that actually land in the garden so that excludes any seen flying over. The highlight was the arrival of a pair of long-tailed tits. The fact that their was only two was unusual because normally the long-tailed tits arrive in a small flock often of 10 to 12.

My full results were House sparrow 8, Blue Tit 5, Long-tailed tit 2, Blackbird 1, Coal tit 1, Dunnock 1, Great Tit 1, Robin 1.

I then submitted my results to the RSPB via their website and I look forward to reading the collective national results in a couple of months once they have all been collated.

Last Wednesday I attended a meeting of the Bury West Local Area Partnership at Bolton Road Methodist Church. Their were the usual presentations from the police including a special presentation on how to establish a Homewatch scheme. Many local residents who attended were very upset that the Planning Committee had decided by a majority of 6 to 4 that the Lutyens Memorial outside the former Barracks on Bolton Road could be moved to Sparrow Park in Bury town centre. This was despite thousands of residents signing a petition opposing such a move.