The Cridling News
Issue Number: 54 Date 24th May 2008
INFORMING THE RESIDENTS OF CRIDLING STUBBSGale Common
Extracts from Flora & Fauna Log Spring 2008
Gale Common’s entry into the British Bird Challenge has got off to a good start, 90 species have been reported so far this year.
Birds of Prey - Buzzards are now a common sight around Gale Common. Red Kite, Merlin and Peregrine falcons as well as the more common Kestrel and Sparrowhawk have been seen. A solitary Hen Harrier was reported in January.
Water Birds - Pochards have been more numerous than usual on D Lagoon this winter adding extra variety to the resident duck population of Mallard, Shelduck, Teal and Tufted Duck. A very colourful but solitary visitor this year, a Mandarin Duck was seen several times at the end of 2007. Wigeon have visited several times and a pair of Mute Swans may be the same pair from last year. The Moorhens and Coots are as numerous as ever and all have a smart ”spring appearance”.
Waders - A pair of Jack snipe were seen during early April, these are much smaller than the more common Common Snipe which are regulars on site. The sight of Redshank has been commonplace this year, they have been before to Gale Common but never as conspicuous and consistent as this year. Large flocks of Golden Plover have been using Gale Common as a stopping off point on their winter migration. The Curlews were back on site early this year, hopefully the Whimbrel will follow suit.
Other birds - Stonechats, Field Fare, Redwing and Snow Bunting have been here most of the winter.
Mammals - Hares are abundant and especially active at this time of year with their well known ritual “boxing activities”. Roe deer are still thriving on site although there have been fewer reported sightings of Stoats.
Amphibians - A large deposit of frogspawn was noted in February, although it is not yet known how the tadpoles have fared. This is encouraging as although Toads are abundant here, for some reason, Frogs have been a rarity.
Reptiles - It is time for the resident Grass Snakes to emerge from hibernation and one example has been found molested by a Heron, Crow or possibly a Buzzard. They are particularly vulnerable to attack at this time of year as they can be quite lethargic until they have built up their body heat.
Flora - Snowdrops have been and gone, there is abundant Coltsfoot around the ditches and now Lesser Celandine is coming into bloom. In the woods, Wood Anemones are out and the Bluebells are beginning to come through. There are a few Cowslips which continue to produce a fine bloom each year.
Thank you to all those who took the time to fill in the bird survey forms. Your comments and support are much appreciated. The results are being processed and in due course will be made available.
As the Cridling News goes to print, Lynda Walker has collected an unbelievable 86 mobile phones. Please keep ‘em coming! The monies raised will help to make up for the loss of village hall revenue when the Cridling Stubbs yoga class naughtily defected to Kirk Smeaton and then promptly changed the night!
Cridling Stubbs Parish Council
Chairman’s Report 2008
precept from households in 2007/08 raised £1610, of which £805 was spent
on grass cutting. Other large
amounts were spent on insurance, subscriptions to various bodies and room
hire. The full accounts of the
Parish Council are available for inspection on request.
Details will be on the notice board soon.
Council representatives and a resident have continued to work with UK Coal
and have achieved some success in the cleanliness of the roads and a
reduction in the speed of the wagons.
Council representatives and a resident continue to attend regular
productive liaison meetings with Darrington Quarries Limited.
A problem with the water table in Darrington East has resulted in a
delay in making it available to residents for leisure purposes.
Parish Council has continued to complain about the condition of the
pavements and roads in the village. To
some degree, this has now been addressed by Highways North Yorkshire but
their budget is so tight that money prevents more improvements at the
Parish Council now has a licence to create a playground on the grassed
area at the northern end of the village.
Designs are currently being drawn and funding of around £40,000
will be sought in the very near future.
of the Parish Council are working very closely through the Osgoldcross
Forum with the neighbourhood police team.
Anti-social behaviour and speeding traffic are key items on the
agenda. The Forum has set up a
First Responder/ Defibrillation scheme in the village.
Cridling Stubbs Parish Plan and Design statement that was produced by
residents in 2007 is being used by the Parish Council to try to improve
Cridling Stubbs Education Charity continues to thrive with another 20
awards supporting the youngsters of the village.
The charity funded trips for the young people in the summer of 2007
and December 2007. It is hoped
it will make a donation to the new playground.
Cridling Stubbs Community Fund has received another £5000 from Darrington
Quarries Limited and has awarded £5000 to the Village Hall Committee to
pay for environmental improvements during its refurbishment.
The Parish Council will continue to look after the interests of the residents regarding the proposals for wind farms and Eco-towns but, when faced with Government guidelines, its powers are somewhat limited.
next meeting will be held on Monday 16th June 2008 at 7pm.
Please note the change of date for this month only.
As usual, all residents are more than welcome to attend.
costumes, scenery, props, other visual effects and music to stage their
very own version of
Cinderella are well under way.
Anyone with experience of amateur dramatics is very welcome to
help with this creation.
Auditions for Baron Hardup are to be held shortly!
older residents of the village may be entitled to free cavity wall and
loft insulation. Stan
Briggs at 51 Wrights Lane has full details.
For every household taking up the offer Stan receives £10 which he
will spend on village planting.
be foul and don’t let your dog foul.
IT UP or
face up to £1000
report dogs roaming the streets unattended contact the Dog
Warden 01757 292123 or
forms for awards from Cridling Stubbs Educational Charity 2008 are to be
They should be returned to Moira Williams at 37 Croft Lea before
September 2008. Late
applications cannot be accepted.
representative from Selby’s Citizens Advice Bureau will be present at
the Parish Council meeting on 9th July to give a short presentation on
what help the organisation can offer.
All residents are welcome.