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Listers Studio occupies the 11,000 sq ft mezzanine floor with beautifully displayed furniture for all tastes and budgets.


New ranges of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture are on show along with furnishings for every room in the home including carpets, curtains and rugs.


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The Lakes Home Centre still offers an extensive range of DIY and gardening products.


Complete your shopping experience and relax in our fully air condioned tea room with homemade fayre and a warm Cumbrian welcome.


The Lakes Home Centre truly is a shopping experience not to be missed!


This autumn and winter, the weather seems to have been very changeable to say the least. As I write, there is brilliant sunshine outside but even though it is almost midday, the temperature has only just gone above freezing point in the sun, whilst in the shade, it is still below zero. A couple of days ago, the temperature was just into double figures and storm Eleanor, which coincided with very high tides, produced some coastal flooding. What will come next?


FROM MY PERCH


goldeneye, goosander, greylag geese, Canada geese and to our surprise a solitary barnacle goose. While we were watching these, we had a brief glimpse of a kingfisher streaking across the pool. A lovely sight on a brilliant winter day.


Wildlife must try to cope with all these changes. The day before storm Eleanor, we were looking at the high tide wader roost at Campfield. The tide had covered all the Solway mudflats and there were large numbers of waders visible at the water’s edge. A huge flock of dunlin, a few knot, some grey plover, lapwings and good numbers of curlew and lapwing. The following day due to the storm, the roosting area was under a couple of metres of water and parts of the road were flooded. I am not sure where the waders would have been roosting.


In previous winters, we have rarely seen song thrushes near our home between October and mid-February but this year there has been one around quite often and just before Christmas it began to sing most mornings. I have heard and read several other reports of this happening elsewhere in Cumbria. Is this the result of


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Don’t forget to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Spend just an hour during 27th-29th January, counting the birds in your garden and contribute to this important research. More information from rspb.org.uk/birdwatch. The West Cumbria RSPB Group will have a stand at Lakes Home Centre, Cockermouth on Saturday 27th


January, Is it winter or is it spring?


climate change? I think it probably is. This morning I have been watching several house sparrows exploring possible nest cavities and nest boxes, though this is not unusual on fine winter days.


Yesterday, we walked past Soddy Gap near Great Broughton and although it was icy under foot in some places, the big pool was not frozen and was occupied by a selection of waterfowl including mallard, tufted duck, teal, wigeon,


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information about birds and the survey.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 6th February in United Reformed Church, Main Street,


Cockermouth, when Maurice Pankhurst, National Trust Woodland Ranger will talk about ‘North Lakes ever changing Woodlands and Future Threats’. All are welcome.


More details from www.rspb.org.uk/groups/westcumbria or from Group Leader Dave Smith, on 01900 85347, or Marjorie and Neil on 01900 825231.


Neil Hutchin ISSUE 422 | 25 JANUARY 2018 | 56


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