July 11, 2008
Don’t Let Dogs Endanger Wildlife
Martin the Lurcher, an old friend of many years, tells me he regularly sees at least two families of roe deer in a secluded woodland on his evening jaunts with his two dogs. He looked over a hedge recently to see a youngster lying there; a pleasing sight - and fortunately Martin's dogs are obedient.
I know I belabour the point at times, but where there are paths and tracks please keep to them and control your dog or dogs. It gives the majority of wildlife species a chance of survival. I have found a lot of ground and near ground nests this summer, with various bird species feeding nestlings in them; very vulnerable situations.
Bits from my diary. On June 11 around 8.30pm I glanced up through the skylight in my den to see about 100 swifts wheeling about as the flock made its way north-east. An exciting moment, as I have not seen so many together for ages - and they were all swifts, not a swallow or house martin among them. At 10.30pm it poured with rain - rather welcome after a few fine, hot days. It filled our water butts nicely as well as watering the garden and countryside.
It's St Swithun's Day on July 15. He was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester who wanted to be buried among ordinary folk, but so many miracles occurred at his graveside that his remains were removed to a shrine in Winchester Cathedral. So he wept in protest, causing 40 days of rain, and so it goes on.
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