SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL
PARISH OF ST CUTHBERT OUT
Temporary Closure of Wookey Hole Road
TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations
Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the
County Council of Somerset have made an Order PROHIBITING ALL TRAFFIC from
proceeding along Wookey Hole Road from the junction with Glencot Road,
south-eastwards for a distance of 430 metres.
This order will enable Wales & West Utilities to carry out gas mains replacement
works in this road.
The Order became effective on 29 February 2016 and will remain in force for
eighteen months. The works are expected to commence on 06 June 2016 and last
for 4 weeks. While the closure is in operation an alternative route will be signed on site.
The formal notice can be seen here: RCNME7395-Notice3.pdf
1. Birds of the month the house martins,swallows, and now the swifts!
These amazing birds spend nearly their whole life on the wing and have now returned from southern Africa to scream round our church spires – it is little wonder a more religious age called them ‘the devils birds’ !
2. Flower of the month:
The bluebell. Many of our small woods are now a glorious haze of blue. The wild blue bell ( much more elegant than the garden Spanish’ bluebell)
is a truly British flower, thanks the warm wet winds we receive from the Atlantic west! It is absent from the dryer colder continent.
3.Mammal of the month:
This is the month when cubs emerge above ground for the first time and if you are lucky enough to see them playing in the evening near their set it is one of the highlights of the natural year.
4. Insect of the month: the Orange Tip butterfly, they can now be seen along our country lanes looking for ‘Jack by the Hedge’ to to lay its eggs and start a new generation. The ‘orange tips’ are only on the male, the female look much more like a cabbage white - till she closes her wings and you see the lovely damask patterned under wings.
|Near the bridge into the caves car park I saw the flash of a black and white tail - a Wheatear! It was only passing through. They come up from sub Saharan Africa about now on their way to upland areas of Wales or Exmoor, but it could go as far as Norway or even Iceland. A huge journey for such a small bird. Just for an afternoon delighted me with its company.|
|I wonder if any of you will hear the cuckoo this spring – they very rarely heard near our village these days . Ham Walls on the levels is a good bet.|
|The Wells SWT have a walk there on Tuesday 3rd of May, meeting in the Ashcott corner car park. at 7.00pm (ST449397). Ham Walls is a real hot spot for all sorts of birds and other wildlife – If you haven’t heard them before it would be a chance to hear bitterns booming!|
Wednesday 24th February saw the first of the Village Evenings in the Club. It was fascinating to see such a huge collection of images of Wookey Hole in yesteryear. Lots of discussion ensued identifying locations and comparing life in the village today to life in years gone by. Many thanks to Dave Hudsmith for sharing his wonderful collection of postcards with us.
Early nesting birds:
The winter thrushes, the Redwing and the Fieldfare have left us for their northern breeding grounds.
but we still have our own three residents: