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ISSUE 133 September 2009
Llanferres Parish Gardening Club 35th Annual Show Saturday 5th September
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Welcome Welcome to the September edition of News & Views. There’s plenty happening over the next few weeks - be sure to check the calendar of events on page 10 so you don’t miss anything! A must for everyone’s diary is the Gardening Club Annual Show on Saturday 5th September. Each year on arrival in the village hall you are immediately surrounded by magnificent floral displays, plants and vegetables of every size and colour, works of art, photographs and of course home produce, its hard to believe that a small community such as ours has so many talented folk! The quantity and quality of entries never ceases to amaze. So if you’ve never entered before, why not give it a go this year? Its free to enter, there are lots of different competition classes so there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. Welcome to our new Rector Reverend Adrian Copping. He will be inducted at a special service in Gwernaffield on Monday 7th September, and we look forward to the Harvest Supper on Thursday 24th September in the village Hall. There is no charge for
the supper, but to help with catering plans please let Church- wardens know if you would like to come. Don’t miss the public meeting on Thursday 10th September in the Village Hall. If you have suggestion or views on the possible use of the field opposite to the school, then please make sure you attend and have your say. Calling all park users - if you, your children or your grandchildren use the park, please help to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Park. You can do this by helping to marshal the Merida Mountain Bike Event - see page 23 for further details. Councillor Christine Evans is currently in Malawi teaching fourth year medical students, she will provide an update in the next edition of News & Views. And finally ... well done to all our young people who gained GCSE and A Levels during August. Paul & Siobhan Email us at email@example.com or ring us on 810566
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Birthdays this month Happy Birthday to the following Jonni Griffiths who will be 7 on 2nd September Zeta Selena Le Vay who will be 3 on 7th September Sam Madigan who will be 13 on 15th September Tim Healy on 20th September Thomas Melvin on 21st September Dewi Ivanoff on 22nd September Lauren O'Gara who will be 18 on 24th September Sam Godfrey who will be 8 on 25th September Thomas Healy on 26th September If you would like a birthday or special announcement included in News & Views please send the details to : email@example.com Or 2 Cae Gwyn, Llanferres, CH7 5SL
We would like to wish LAUREN Oâ€™GARA Congratulations on your 18th Birthday on 24th September Lots of Love Mum & Aislingh xxx
Becky Ussher Well done Becks on your excellent A level results. Weâ€™re looking forward to helping you pack for Sheffield Uni! (Room to let - apply 2 Cae Gwyn)
Love Mum, Paul, Ben & Lizzie xxx
John & Glenys (Roberts) a very happy 60th wedding anniversary on September 3rd
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Llanferres Parish Gardening Club JULY Instead of an indoor meeting a group of seventeen members went to Leeswood Green Farm on the evening of Monday 6th July. Although the weather had scattered thunderstorms or heavy rain during the day in parts of our area, the evening visit was blessed with dry warm but overcast skies. Ann Saxon, the owner, has quite a varied garden, lawns, borders, orchard, vegetable garden and quite an extensive hay meadow. We were free to wander around and able to see several varieties of campanula in full flower together with a good range of other herbaceous plants, roses and even a medlar tree in the orchard. Ann then provided refreshments – savoury and sweet- to close another successful garden visit.
AUGUST Our August meeting, as in past years, was to arrange the final details of our Annual Show which will be on Saturday 5th September. Under the guidance of Show Secretary David Jones, full details were made for arranging the hall tables on Friday evening through to the auction of produce at 4pm on Saturday. Exhibitors are reminded that their entry sheet and details MUST be received by 6pm on Wednesday 2th September by Mrs J. Roberts, 7 Tyn Llan, Llanferres. Also please note Show Rules on back page of the Show Schedule. Good luck to everyone. . Hon Show Secretary Hon Secretary David Jones Mrs Joan Almond É 01352 810511 É 01352 810808
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Community Council News Community Council Meeting 9th July 2009 Apologies: Cllr. David Jones Meeting Open To Public- A question was raised from the floor as to who was responsible for policing the conservation areas? The Chairman responded by saying that it was up to each and every individual, every group or society interested in the environment, Countryside Services and other departments of the County Council. Cllr Rob Armstrong reported that the hedgerow at the Bus Shelter situated at Pont y Mwynwr Crossroads had now been cut. Matters Arising Highways;the Hedgerow at Bryn Ffynnon has now been cut Park House - awaiting the response from the Enforcement Officer. Re-cycling. The Clerk has requested, from the Environment Department a pack of Blue & Clear re-cycling bags to be delivered to the residents of Rectory Lane. Indiscriminate Parking at Loggerheads The parking alongside the main road through Loggerheads is to be subject to a feasibility study for car park improvement in the area. A letter had been received from the Company called Axis requesting the support of the Community Council in carrying out this study. It was hoped to hold a workshop during the month of September to discuss and take forward the various options. The Community Council were happy to take part in this but pointed out that this would take some time as their Report was not due to be submitted until October and it was essential that a proposal should be made now. It was suggested that
the Community Council contact J Arthur Williams the Road Safety Officer to take the matter forward as a matter of urgency. Cae Derwen - ongoing. Risk Assessment - The Annual Risk Assessment was carried out by Cllr's John Almond, David Jones and Rob Armstrong. Everything was in good order except for a small crack in the Perspex in Maeshafn Notice Board and the Seat situated at the Memorial Stone required ground fixing. The current system of internal financial controls was also agreed. Approved with annual review. The Church Parochial Council have written with regard to the Glebe Field Planning Application for a site visit. No response has been received as yet. Bills William Smuts (Final Information Boards) £660.00 Viking Direct (New Minute Book & paper) £33.73 Logging Group - Expenses R Goslin £30.00 Planning 21/2009/0717/PF Proposal:Erection of two-storey pitched roof extension with first- floor balcony at rear and erection of single storey pitched roof extensions to sides Location: 12 Rectory Lane Llanferres Resolved: to offer no objections to the application but to comment that the Community Council commend the use of blue slate for the roof. Maeshafn Playing Field - currently ongoing, with a further discussion on the purchase of a swing instead of the refurbishment - this was not deemed possible due to the initial submission for the grant as the Community Council
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Community Council News was informed by Mr Bob Barton, who confirmed the project outline. It was requested that a meeting be convened to discuss and agree all the purchases through the grant scheme. A proposal was also made to 'ring fence' a sum of £500 towards the legal fees. This was seconded and agreed. Field Adjacent to School - It was agreed that Mr Dave Clough be asked if he would oversee the completion of the Planning Application when the need arises. The power was granted to submit the form to the Planning Authority and pay the relevant fee if this arose during the summer vacation months. Letter had been received from JAC's to confirm that the draft plan was to be commended and also will also offer advice, guidance and practical help to assist in delivering the project if planning is submitted. Logging Group - Cheque has been received for £105.00 for logs delivered. The Clerk was asked to produce a current financial statement with regard to the Logging Group for the September meeting. Bus Shelters - Update on Information Boards etc. An Invoice has been received for payment for the inserts for the frames in the Bus Shelter opposite Tyn Llan. £660. Payment was approved (see Bills) Correspondence: ‘'One Voice Wales' information regarding the National Training Programme for Community & Town Councils in Wales giving a number of dates and venues (to be confirmed) with three modules on offer. Module One - 'The Council' Cllrs Rob Armstrong and Yvonne McCorry-Foden.
Module Two - 'The Councillor' - Cllrs Olive Parry and Margaret Davies. Also included was a request to nominate up to two representatives for 'One Voice Wales' representing the Community Council at meetings. 'A representative' was nominated. i.e. whosoever was available for that date. Invitation from the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council to a series of Funding Surgeries. A copy of the Annual Report for 2008/09 from the Ombudsman. Circulated. Notification of the 35th National Annual Conference to be held in Daventry from Friday 23rd October to 25th October 2009. Permission granted for the Clerk to attend. Other Matters Brought to Councillors attention included: Permission has been requested to place a memorial seat at the bottom of Tyn Llan - agreed. A special service will be held at Gwernaffield Church on September 7th at 7pm to wish farewell to the current minister. There have been many comments and complaints made following the recent Gallon Walk about the behaviour of some of the participants. The 4th November 2009 is a date to be set aside for a meeting with the Chief Executive of the Denbighshire County Council. Further details will follow in the near future. County Councillor Christine Evans is to hold a Public Surgery in the Druid on 24th October 2009. Time to be confirmed. The next meeting will be on Thursday the 10th of September
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Church News Services in September 6th
Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
Holy Communion at 3 p.m. (with Rev’d Adrian Copping)
Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
Holy Communion at 10 a.m.
(No service at 10 a.m. on Sunday 13th September) September is a busy month in the life of your church Induction of the New Rector The Rev’d Adrian Copping will be inducted at a special service in Gwernaffield on Monday 7th September at 7.00 p.m. It would be helpful if those wishing to attend this service informed Churchwardens – but do still come if you haven’t done this. There will be refreshments in Gwernaffield Hall following the service. Rev’d Copping’s first communion in Llanferres will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday 13th September. There will not be a 10 a.m. service on this day. Church Open Day Saturday 19th September is to be Churches in Wales Open Day. We shall open our church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day and there will also be a second-hand bookstall.
Quiet Evening There will be a Quiet Evening in church at 8 p.m. on Monday 21st September. Previously the format has been quiet contemplation from 8 to 8.30, listening to Gregorian chant, followed by a very short service, but this format may change. It’s a very relaxing experience. Harvest Supper Once again we are going to hold a harvest Supper in the School Hall on Thursday 24th September at 7.00 p.m. No charge, but please let Churchwardens know if you would like to come. There will be a raffle.
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September Diary Dates 1st
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Strictly Fun Dancing restarts 7.30p.m. Back to School!! W.I. Meeting Annual Gardening Club Show Holy Communion 10a.m. Rev. Adrian Copping induction at Gwernaffield 7p.m. Senior Citizens meeting 2p.m., Bowls Club Public Meeting re use of the Field near School 7p.m.followed by Community Council meeting
Holy Communion 3p.m. Book Swap 7.30p.m.
Merida Marshals meeting at the Druid 7.30p.m. St. Berres’ Open Day & book stall 10a.m.- 2pm. Holy Communion 10a.m. Merida Mountain Bike Event, marshals party at the Druid Quiet evening at St Berres’ 8pm. Bowls Club Harvest Supper Village Hall 7p.m.
Holy Communion 10a.m. Community ‘drop in’ session at Loggerheads Country 28th Mon Park 2p.m. - 8p.m. 29th Tue Bowls Club 30th Wed
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Public Notice PUBLIC CONSULTATION Field opposite to the School and Village Hall Residents will be aware that the Community Council is trying to either buy or lease this field for use by the residents of the community of Llanferres. Various ideas have been put forward but the Community Council is anxious to hear the views and opinions of the residents before they proceed any further. There will, therefore, be a public meeting at 7.00pm on Thursday 10th September, in the Village Hall, preceding the Community Council meeting. Please come along, have your say and help the Councillors to formulate a plan which meets with general approval.
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Llanferres W.I. Llanferres’ W.I. July Guest afternoon
winner was Mrs Olive Parry who was presented with a small cheque as a prize.
Members and guests were welcomed by President Mrs Maureen Various members and guests won prizes in the Raffle. Hill. Apologies were received from ab- Next month: August outing. September: Mrs Vera Stobbs; sent members. “Memories of the Forces” Minutes of the previous meeting and Competition: Wartime Memorabilia. Treasurer’s Report were taken as read and members reminded that our summer outing is now to Ruthin Gay Headley Castle on August 4th. . Mrs Hill then welcomed our guest speaker Mr Tudor Owen who gave an illustrated account of the works of noted artist Richard Wilson RA who influenced the work of a number of famous painters.
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Billberry Muffins There will hopefully still be some billberries around as you read this. If not blackberries, either on their own or with some pieces of apple will be equally good. This is a very simple and reliable muffin recipe and can be adapted to use other fruit, chocolate & nuts. This recipe makes 10 - 12 muffins. They are delicious eaten warm but keep for several days in a tin or plastic container with a lid 375g Self Raising flour 330g castor sugar 90g butter or margarine 310ml milk 1 egg 150g bilberries Demarara sugar Rub fat into flour. Add the sugar and mix. Add milk and beaten egg and mix lightly. Add bilberries and mix in gently. Place muffin cases inside a muffin tin Spoon mix to fill cases to about 2/3 Sprinkle a small teaspoon of demarara sugar on top of each muffin Place in a preheated oven at 180C gas mark 4 for about 20 mins until soft and spongy when pressed and lightly brown. Avoid opening oven until nearly done.
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Loggerheads Country Park The natural beauty of Loggerheads and the surrounding area is renowned, with visitors flocking here since the 1920s when Crosville Motor Services began running bus services from Birkenhead to Loggerheads and established the Tea Gardens. In 1974, Crosville sold the land to Clwyd County Council and it became Loggerheads Country Park (now owned by Denbighshire and Flint-
shire County Councils). The Country Park is now managed by Denbighshire Countryside Service for its ecological value as well as for recreation but it remains incredibly popular with visitors and is a key feature of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Denbighshire Countryside Service have commissioned Heritage and Tourism Consultant Ian Parkin and myself Lorna Jenner, a local Environmental Consultant, to prepare a Management Plan for Loggerheads Country Park. This will include a Vision and Development Strategy for the next 10 years. Loggerheads means many things to many different
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Loggerheads Country Park people – lovely walks with stunning views, a beautiful place to sit and reflect, a wonderful place to bring the children or grandchildren, fascinating industrial heritage, a rich geodiversity and biodiversity, a great place to walk the dog. We are surveying visitors during the school holidays and at busy weekends to find out what they think about Loggerheads but we feel the opinions of the local community are equally important. Undoubtedly local people value and appreciate the beautiful countryside on their doorstep but you may also have concerns about visitor pressure or you may wish to become more involved in the running of the park through volunteering. We would like to give you the opportunity to voice your opinions in more detail and find out what Loggerheads means to you, the local community.
Park. You are welcome to pop in for an informal chat at any stage. In addition to airing your views, you will have a chance to learn about how the park is managed, find out about forthcoming projects and events, and ways in which you could become more actively involved. There will also be an opportunity to have a walk around the park with a warden.
If you are unable to attend but wish to let us have your views please either e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to Loggerheads Country Park, Near Mold, Denbighshire CH7 5LH, You are cordially invited to call in at marked FAO Lorna Jenner. our informal community ‘drop in’ session which will take place on We look forward to meeting as many Monday 28 September 2009 be- of you as possible. tween 2:00pm – 8:00pm in the MeetLorna Jenner ing Room at Loggerheads Country
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LLANFERRES PARISH GARDENING CLUB 35th ANNUAL SHOW To be held at
THE VILLAGE HALL LLANFERRES SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2009 To be opened at 2:00pm Doors open at 1.45pm Admission charges: Adults ÂŁ1, Children 50p Show Schedules and Entry Forms available from: Mr D Jones 810511 Mrs JR Roberts 810358 Mrs J Almond 810808 All entry forms must be received by 6pm on Wednesday September 2nd. All exhibits must be staged between 8am and 10:30am on the day of the show
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CLASSES TROPHY/CUP/SHIELD AWARDED TO EACH SECTION GARDEN SECTION: Restricted Classes 1—36 Vegetables and Fruit FLOWER SECTION: Restricted Classes 40—62 Flowers LARGEST PRODUCE SECTION: Restricted Classes 65—81 FLORAL ART SECTION: Open Classes 85—91 POT PLANT SECTION: Restricted Classes 95—107 JUNIOR SECTION: Open Classes 110—114 (up to 10 years) Classes 115—120 (up to 16 years) PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION: Open Classes 125—131 HOME SECTION: Open Classes 135—155 ADULT HANDICRAFT: Open Classes 160—167 ART SECTION: Restricted but to include Colomendy Art Group Adult Classes 170—175 Junior Classes 176—179 (Open Classes) Restricted Classes = Llanferres Residents and Club Members.. All other classes open .
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Llanferres Senior Citizens On August 4th, together with Llanferres W.I., we visited Ruthin Castle. After a walk round the grounds we went inside for “Afternoon Tea”, and after being given a brief history of the castle we went into the Medieval Banqueting Hall for some entertainment. This was presided over by our chosen ‘Baron’ and ‘Baroness’ and consisted of some singing, poetry, a quiz and a demonstration of clog dancing. It was a very pleasant afternoon, as we were lucky to have a fine afternoon. Our next meeting is on September 8th in the Village Hall at 2.00 p.m., when the speaker is from the Food Standards and Food Safety Agency. We are an informal, friendly group who meet for a talk, a chat, a cup of tea, a ‘bun’ and a raffle on the second Tuesday of the month. We are always pleased to see new faces of the “senior” variety!! Contact Oliver Parry 810294 or Betty Cook 810722
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In Llanferres Village Hall Class: 7:30pm – 8:15pm (£6 per person including practice session) Open Practice Session: 8:15pm –9:30pm (£2 per person if not attending class) Further details contact: Yvette La Flamme-Williams
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Llanferres Playing Field Green Pennant Award 2009/2010 For the third year running the Playing Field has been awarded the Green Pennant. The Green Pennant Award is a national scheme that recognises high quality green spaces in England and Wales that are managed by voluntary and community groups. The Playing Field received a glowing report this year; the judges commented: â€œThis is an exceptional site which clearly demonstrates the principles and practice underlying the Green Pennant Award Scheme.â€? Thanks go to the volunteers who work on the committee and those who help at Working Parties., and of course the Merida Marshals. (see opposite). The Association desperately needs your help to continue the good work - so if you or your family use the Park please do volunteer .
Need to bulk freeze? we now have a Blast Freezer for freezing Dtoi's meals. We can freeze 30 -40 kgs down to -18 C in a little over an hour. If anybody has a large glut of vegetables at the end of the summer they are welcome to bring them round for blast freezing which is much better, in terms of preserving quality, than simply sticking them in the deep freeze. Give us a call on 810362 Graham & Dtoi Harvey
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Merida 2009 Mountain Bike Event Sun Sept 20th 2009 STOP PRESS ! Final Marshals meeting In Druid 7.30pm Friday 18th Sept 2009 Post event party in the Druid on the Sunday night. Free drink for Marshals !
Calling All Local Marshals Old And New Following the success of the last five years it is intended that the village and its friends marshal the above event again, to raise money for the upkeep of the playing fields. To get near to the target figure of £2250 we need 50+ marshals to cover the various local checkpoints. We are looking for people to commit either the morning or afternoon (or all day if you can spare the time) on the 20th Sept to help out. No experience or special knowledge is needed, so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. Friends already on our contact list will be emailed in the near future to ask for their support but if you want to make sure you get involved early sign up on the sheet at the L – Llanferres Druid or email on the address below.
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Thanking you in anticipation of your support Nick Hawke on behalf of LPFRA Email: email@example.com
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Llanferres Churchyard The Parochial Church Council is aware that improved maintenance of the churchyard, especially the area with standing gravestones that is cut periodically using a strimmer, would be welcomed by those who have a relative interred in the churchyard or who otherwise value the area for its ambience. Much of the grass cutting is carried out by a contractor and the cost is in the order of ÂŁ1,000; part of this cost is met by fees, the Community Council and donations, but the remainder of the cost is met by the Church from collections and fund raising activities. The area currently used for burials is cut on a voluntary basis by a village family and the PCC is very grateful to them for the work they carry out. Other maintenance work is carried out by volunteer working parties - you may have noticed that the historic sundial has recently been attended to and now tells the time accurately. The family who cut the area currently used for burials have found that some of the area which is strimmed can be cut by a mower and the improvement to the area since it has been cut in this manner is obvious.
They are able to cut the limited extra area because the graves have headstones but not kerbstones and thus there is access for their mower. The family have said they would be willing to cut further areas if the kerbstones were removed. If kerbstones were to be removed, then that would be done over a period of time because of the work and costs involved. But the PCC does not want to take any further action until it is clear that its plans to facilitate grass cutting by the removal of kerbstones (the headstones would not be removed) would be well received by the relatives of those buried there and the other residents of Llanferres. Ideally a relative of each person buried should be contacted but there are insufficient records to make that possible; however contact will be made with as many relatives as possible. The plan is also dependant on receiving permission from the Diocese. Your comments are invited. Please give them to either Josh Griffiths or Brian Skelhorn. (contact details on back page)
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HOW IT WORKS Each number costs only £12 per year - you can have as many numbers as you like. Numbers are drawn each month (except August - there is a double draw in December). Half of the money raised goes directly to the school and the other half is used for prize money. There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize each month. The more people who participate the greater the prize money. An envelope for the 100 Club is enclosed with the News and Views. Please complete the form and enclose a cheque or cash, if you wish to play and return to Jackie Godfrey at 29 Cae Gwyn. I’ll also be collecting the envelopes in Llanferres during September. If you would like to know more please give me a call on 810872
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Fund raising event for Clatterbridge Hospital Cancer Research David Moore Tribute Fund
Saturday 10th October 7.30 - Midnight Llanferres Village Hall
Live music from 50 hertz Disco provided by Colin Licensed Bar provided by the Druid Inn Entry by ticket only ÂŁ5
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Nature Notes Rivers running in spate erode the banks on the outside of bends and the gravel and silt gets carried downriver in the tumultuous water until it is deposited on the inside of a bend where the water runs slower and the debris precipitates to form a sand or gravel bank. This happened on the River Alyn below Plymog where a significant sized bank has occurred. But the river also deposited the seed of that most insidious of alien weeds Himalayan Balsam brought down from heavy infestations upriver. Our local group is making sterling efforts to eradicate Balsam from our area and have greatly reduced it but it is an uphill struggle when lazy landowners further upstream just let it thrive. If it is not controlled acres of farmland could become inundated with the weed and be lost as productive land. I cleared all the Himalayan Balsam from the above gravel bank and it has quickly become colonised by many native plants - I counted at least twenty three species - including redshank, knotgrass, brooklime, pineapple mayweed, red dead nettle, woundwort, thyme-leaved speedwell and two species of buttercup. But I also found several plants of Monkey flower (Mimulus guttatus) which is also an alien. First introduced into Britain, as a garden plant, in the early part of the nineteenth century it quickly 'escaped' and was first found growing wild near Abergavenny. Since then it has colonised much of the country and could easily be mistaken for a native. It is not invasive like Himalayan Balsam so is unlikely to become a nuisance and has become a colourful addition to our flora.
While on the gravel bank I was frequently 'buzzed' by a gold ringed dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii). This dragonfly is easily identified by its black and gold body which is the longest of all the hawker dragonflies that hunt insects by 'hawking' up and down the river. It is a species mainly confined to the western part of Britain. Much in evidence at the present time is the six-spot burnet, a day flying moth. It has black fore wings with red spots and bright-carmine underwings and its larval food plant is mainly bird's-foot trefoil. The black and red colouration acts as a warning to birds that this insect is poisonous to them. The larvae, which hatch in September, hibernate over the winter, resume feeding in spring and then build a silken cocoon in which to complete their metamorphosis before hatching as adult moths in late July and August. Bird's-foot trefoil gets its name not only from its trefoil(clover like) leaves but also because its seed heads resemble a bird's claw. It is the food plant also of the common blue and the dingy skipper butterflies and it is an anomaly that although the blue was fairly plentiful in May/June I saw very few dingy skippers. Recently I saw a grayling butterfly in our area. This is sometimes questioned by some people as the grayling is seen mainly as a coastal species but I usually see one or two specimens at a couple of locations locally. What was a surprise, however, was to discover, in mid-July, a pair of ringlet butterflies as I have never seen them before locally.
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