A magical evening awaited Dilton Marsh WI members at their March meeting. Guest speaker Phil Walker showed his films of wildlife and talked of the various species of Squirrels, Woodpeckers and Oyster Catchers.
Although there are many grey squirrels to be seen there are only around 25,000 red species in England. They are smaller than the grey and have four fingers on each toe. They arrived here 10,000 years ago and don’t hibernate. Also they could become extinct in decades.
There were also lovely film shots of the Green and the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers feeding on the delicacy of ants in a country garden. The Oyster Catchers with their beautiful black and white plumage with a red beak strangely don’t eat oysters but feed on mussels and limpets. They are known to be ‘egg dumpers’ leaving their eggs in the nests of seagulls and others.
Gannets which were filmed on the West Coast of Wales are the largest summer visitors to the UK and move at 60 miles an hour to pounce on an unsuspecting fish. Phil also showed picturesque footage of countryside including the beautiful Portmerian the village with its various styles of architecture, Westonbirt with its wonderful tree collection, Lacock Abbey and Peckover House.
Members gave tremendous applause to Phil for his descriptive and informative Talk. President Alison Irving welcomed new members and reminded all that Dilton were hosting the Weavers group meeting on April 27th and that Village Day was being held on June 10th. Next months meeting on April 13th is a talk by member Priscilla Gray on Denman College. Come and join us we are great fun to be with.