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Sat 22nd January 2011 17:41 by Mary Smith
Waxwings and fungi
Waxwings!!  I keep being told how many there are this winter, and I go for walks around my home almost every day but I haven't seen a single one!  Now they are at Lakeside retail park, which is a bit far for me to walk or cycle, but possible nearer than Ingatestone. I am told they like gardens with berries on bushes, especially Cotoneasters, which other birds seem not to like as they are always left till last. How long have I got to see a waxwing?  When do they depart these shores?

As for the fungi in Fryerning churchyard killing the trees, this is all part of the cycle of nature and is best left alone.  Trees get killed! That is what some fungi are meant to do! Lots of other fungi assist the growth of living trees and other plants, so it is only a few we don't like. But I think the problem, insofar as it is a problem, is more like the lack of new saplings to take the place of the dying ones. If nobody mowed the grass, other trees would readily grow! If the existing trees drop fertile seeds (I think some of these foreigners would not, but most would), then they will be making saplings. Down with the lawnmower if you want more trees!



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