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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:MARCH/APRIL


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FROM MY PERCH Sean Conway completing his #K2TChallenge along the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path


The Lake District Foundation has launched a special 5km challenge to raise funds to reconnect the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path.


Fieldfare What a start to spring!


The Meteorologists now tell us that spring starts on 1st March, but they forgot to tell The Beast from the East! The winds howled in from the East, snow formed drifts, fields were covered, and many roads were blocked. We stayed warm indoors, but the birds had to carry on in whatever the elements threw at them.


We often see fieldfare and redwing in nearby fields during winter, but they do not normally venture into our garden. With the start of the cold weather, we saw several daily, until the neighbouring fields were clear of snow. A couple of redwings did make use of the food Marjorie had put out, but the fieldfares ignored it entirely. They were after berries. They quickly ate the last few withered ones on our rose but mostly they were eating the ivy berries which did not seem quite ripe to my eyes. As soon as the snow cleared, they were back on the sheep-grazed fields and seemed to be finding plenty to eat. This spell of hard weather showed us again just how important ivy berries can be in late-winter and spring.


We also had visits from several reed buntings and although they took quite a lot of the seed and grain Marjorie put out, they were also taking seed from some of the dead perennial plant stems we had left standing over winter. We leave these in place because they provide bird food and the dead stems protect the new growth to some extent during the winter.


Possibly because of the food we supply. the local house sparrows seemed to carry on as they had been; nest boxes and holes were being explored and defended even during the snow storms. A pair of wood pigeons seemed to be eying up our ivy-clad cherry tree as a possible nesting site. They spent quite a lot of energy chasing away other pigeons that alighted on the tree though so far, the female seems to be rebuffing the male’s amorous advances. Despite this, I saw her poking around last year’s nest. I wonder if they will use this as a base.


Please keep feeding the birds, as this is the time of year when their natural food supplies are at their shortest.


The RSPB West Cumbria Group’s next indoor meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 10th April in United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth, when Sarah Dalrymple, Reserve Warden will talk about The South Walney Reserve. 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.


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The Lake District Foundation is inviting everyone to get involved in their latest fundraising initiative. This is a call to all lovers of the Lake District to complete 5km, donate £5.00 (text ‘KTOT18 £5’ to 70070), document the attempt either by a photograph or quick video, nominate five friends and share via social media using #K2TChallenge.


Lake District-based endurance athlete Sean Conway, the Lake District Foundation Ambassador, is delighted to support the challenge and encourages everyone to get


behind the campaign. He said: “The K2T Challenge is such a fantastic way to encourage people to get outside and enjoy a fun trail open to everyone. It’s great, you can pick your preferred discipline, whether it be walking, jogging, taking the dogs for a walk, cycling, sailing, pushing the pram, rowing or even on the treadmill in the gym. It doesn’t matter how, the ask is you simply complete 5km, donate £5.00 and nominate five people to do the same.”


The funds raised will go towards reconnecting the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path, some parts of which were severely damaged during the floods in 2015.


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