South Hill Connection, Issue 27, June 2012 – out now

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Contents of Newsletter number 27:

Editorial
Make a Contribution
Announcements & Small Ads
Parish Hall
From our Cornwall Representative
Events
Gardening
Competition for under—15s

Floral days
W.I
Parish Council News
Merlin Project
Linda Scott’s Photographs
East Cornwall Bach Choir
Update Children’s Play Area

Fledglings

The seasonally warm weather earlier is now producing young of many species. Many birds are starting to appear. I spotted this young sparrow chirping on the patio.
baby bird
Please refrain from the tempation to help, nature must take it’s course – but eliminating hazards like bringing the cat in will help!
If you find a fledgling that seems to be struggling…, they can really chirp VERY loud and are agonizing to listen to, rest assured the mother is probably close by and teaching the skills neccesary for survival.
Amazing how they leave the nest without being able to fly!!
Age
Days Description
Hatchling 0-3 wisps of natal down on body, eyes closed
3 eyes open
Nestling 4 primary feathers (also called pin feathers) pierce skin, they look like blue  tubes sticking out of the skin
6 nestling responds to alarm call of parent
7 primary feathers unsheath
10 bird is alert, stretches wings and legs
13-14 able to flutter and hop from branch to branch, fully feathered, but has  short tail and wings, leaves the nest
Fledgling 14-28 they do not return to the nest, but are still fed by the adults in nearby  trees or on the ground if the young have not yet mastered flying

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project – events coming up

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project

These include:

Invasive Plants Day – Sat 19th May (learn about Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and co.

Pull An Invasive! – Sat 26th and Sun 27th May (helping to clear Himlayan Balsam at Higher Tremarcoombe)

CHAHP and Liskerrett Centre Partnership Painting Days – Fri 11th May (Water On The Moors) and Fri 25th May (Golitha Falls)

For further information and booking details, click here to download the CHAHP poster.

Events coming up in and around South Hill

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project – Volunteers needed
for Thursday 5th April, 10.00am to 4pm

The project has purchased 250 Dormouse Boxes, which need to be put up on seven sites in the project area.

The dormouse is a rare, legally protected and very secretive nocturnal species which is known to live in both woodland and hedges. There are very few records of the dormouse in the project area and the plan is to try to establish if it is present by putting up and then monitoring boxes on a variety of sites. The boxes are similar to bird boxes and we need volunteers to help carry them and fix them in positions on slopes in woodland. Any volunteers will need to be fit enough to walk up hill on un-even ground and enjoy this type of physical exercise in the open air.
For more information please call Jane Uglow on 01579 362350 or email: juglow@cornwall.gov.uk

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South Hill W I on 14th April in the Parish Hall
MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES NIGHT
a family friendly competition
Starting at 6.45pm with a buffet supper
£4.00 adults / £2.00 under 14’s
Everyone welcome – come and have a fun evening
For more information please call Liz on 01579 383202
Raising funds for a seat around the tree in the park

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Caradon Heritage Project in Association with the Liskerrett Centre

SHORT STORY WORKSHOPS
Starts Thursday 19th April at the Liskerrett Centre, Liskeard
12 weeks 7.00-9.30 pm
For more information or to request an enrolment form please email or call
Lianne Crocker
07831 802 534
crockerlianne@yahoo.co.uk
website: www.caradonhill.org.uk  Blog: www.chahp.blogspot.com