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Country Diary, Update Summer 2022 

We’re back! The Lyonshall Country Diary is now in a new Seasonal format.

The Summer 2022 edition, covering June, July and August is available in the table to the right. This will be followed by further quarterly diaries. The advantage of going “seasonal”, i.e. quarterly, is that we won’t be struggling to find the latest “hot topics” but can be more reflective about general trends and changes over months or years.

We are always pleased to receive photos of Lyonshall weather and scenery as well as photos of birds, flowers, insects, mammals etc. Please let me know about sounds, scent and touch - the oft-forgotten senses. Well-known or unusual, curious, quirky, funny or unrecognised aspects of local nature are always welcome at any time.

Send in your comments, notes and pictures; these are the essence of Lyonshall...

“The essence of Lyonshall”, `one of the most rural villages in one of the most rural counties in England’ (Herefordshire Council, 2019) – I hope we can capture that in print during the coming seasons.

Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested – we welcome all contributors (and readers), new and old.

Julia C Evans The Old Station, Lyonshall, Herefordshire. HR5 3LL

Email: jcvqa@btinternet.com

The Beginnings, January 2017

I believe that many of us who live in Lyonshall came here, or enjoy the village and its surrounding countryside, because of its beauty and the trees and flowers, bats, birds and butterflies, slow-worms and earthworms it supports. I am not a naturalist and don’t make any claim to scientific knowledge of the flora and fauna surrounding me – but I do know that they add greatly to my quality of life and that, without them, life in Lyonshall would be dreary.

So what have we got in this little Marcher patch? I thought it might be useful to keep a Diary throughout 2017 of what we have seen or heard anywhere within the parish, whether rare or commonplace, a source of joy or a cause for concern. Please will you contribute to it – not with money but with sightings, comments, ideas etc? Not every day (Please – NOT EVERY DAY!) but just with a brief e-mail to me whenever something in the natural history of Lyonshall has sparked your interest. I will collate the information and hope to send a monthly bulletin to all contributors; the final form of this “Country Diary” will be decided much later in the year, when we have a few months’ experience to go on.

My aim is to make this interesting for most people in the parish, more of a free magazine than a dull dry list for specialists. All suggestions and opinions are welcome. So, especially, are digital photographs.

Julia C Evans The Old Station, Lyonshall, Herefordshire. HR5 3LL

Email: jcvqa@btinternet.com

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