Wickford Wildlife Newsletter
Most of you will have already seen our first newsletter of 2021 and we hope you all enjoyed reading this. The next one will be issued at the end of June, so if you have any wildlife stories or photos for the newsletter please send them to us for publication via our email address:
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Colin's Wickford Wanderings - March
Colin Sparkes wildlife report for March is now available. This can be viewed by clicking on the "Colin's Wickford Wanderings" heading above or by clicking here.
What's about in Wickford?
Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are singing in the hedgerows, Bees and Butterflies are flying around the garden, Robins and Blackbirds are nesting, so all this means that spring is here at last! But it doesn't feel like it does it? We seem to have had cold artic winds for several days now and you still need your winter gear when venturing out. Despite the cold it is worth going out as this is the time of year when anything can turn up anywhere. Swallows are starting to arrive, along with House and Sand Martins, and you might be lucky enough to hear a Cuckoo too. We have seen Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small White Butterflies so far and plenty of Bees. You also need to be looking up at the skies, especially if you hear gulls making a racket. They may be mobbing birds of prey - Red Kites and Peregrine Falcons have been seen in Wickford recently, together with the usual Buzzards, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks. You may be lucky and see a Hobby too. Further afield, our best sighting so far this year was a Purple Heron at Blue House Farm! This is a Mediterranean bird that is probably moving north due to climate change similar to Little, Cattle and Great White Egrets. Perhaps in a few years they will become as common as these other "new" herons?
With concerns over climate change and air pollution, many of us will be considering purchasing an electric car in the future - especially as the UK ban on new petrol/diesel cars is coming along - albeit in 2035. With this in mind, I have been sent a link to an article written by Michael Schuck - A Complete Guide To Electric Cars. While this is aimed at a US audience, it is certainly of interest to anyone considering such a car and is very informative.
Michael writes to educate readers who are considering their first EV purchase or those looking to get the most fun and value out of their electric vehicle.
The guide can be found here:
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