Storrington Conservation Society: May Newsletter

April brought primroses, bluebells, cowslips, borage, campion, wild garlic – just some of the wild flowers we enjoy – together with the blackthorn and may blossom in the hedges: all the signs that spring has come, with leaf buds bursting on the trees in a painter’s pallet of greens. Lovely to see, raising spirits after the short winter days. Yet it is concerning as these signs are appearing earlier and earlier each year, due to climate change causing warmer winters.

What we have come to think of as normal seasonal weather no longer can be expected. The wettest February on record is a case in point. It has caused real problems not least for farmers, for example the flooding and waterlogging fields making sowing impossible, ultimately resulting in shortages and rising prices. No part of the world is immune from what used to be regarded as freak events. The recent unprecedented April flooding in Dubai, Kenya and Tanzania shows that even the richest places as well as the poorer cannot avoid problems. Other parts suffer severe droughts. We have been alerted by weather experts that these events will increase in number and severity unless we change our lifestyle.

Another springtime pleasure is the return of birdsong, the cascade of sound from the skylark or the rich music of the blackbird. Glorious to our ears, yet to the birds they are territorial claims, threats to rivals. The beautiful sound is in fact a warning. The beauty of the early spring flowers is the same for those of us who read the signs. And we know that interim carbon reduction targets in the UK are routinely missed, while being reassured that the long term target will be met: Mr Micawber comes to mind. No wonder that many take action to draw our attention to the dangers we all face! It is not selfish to be prepared to go to prison in such a cause – the need is urgent.

We met on Saturday 27th April for another of our annual tasks: the clearance of the banks and stream in readiness for the Duck Race on 28th. Happily it was a dry morning as there was plenty to do – brambles, nettles and overhanging branches in abundance. Plus litter to collect. The work party next meets on 1st June at 10.00 am in Fryern Dell to continue our conservation work in the Victorian Pleasure Garden. All comers welcome to share in the restoration, just arrive! Tools provided, plus half time refreshments.

For information about this and our other activities, or on becoming a member, or offering advice, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website

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