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Issue No. 30 [Back Issues]
1st February 2005

This Week's Issue: [JKHS Guys and Dolls - Topical Photography] [Nature Watch - Skittles - Visitors] [Archive Ross]

Ross-on-Wye Nature Watch

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The Grey Squirrel, Sciurus Carolinensis. The American Grey Squirrel can be found in abundance in St Mary's Churchyard, the Prospect and generally just about everywhere in the Ross-on-Wye area, all year round. First imported to Cheshire in 1876 and other areas of the UK during the 1920s, the grey squirrel population now far outnumbers that of the native red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris.

The Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis. A common wild flower in the UK which should flower in February but is often seen during January. The photograph below was taken in St. Mary's Churchyard on 25th January 2005.


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A winning weekend in Weymouth for Charlie's Angels
 

A skittles knockout tour took place in Weymouth last weekend, involving twelve ladies' skittles teams. Three Ross-on-Wye teams entered - Charlie's Angels, Motley Crew A and Motley Crew B. Charlie's Angels were the winners. Over fifteen legs, they were the high scoring team, knocking down 1,132 pins. Motley Crew A came fourth in the tournament and Sylvia Marshall of Motley Crew B knocked down 60 pins, this score being the highest for an individual taking part in the competition.

Well done to all involved! All being well, a photograph of the victorious Charlie's Angels will follow next week.



January 2005 Viewers
 

Rather than make the usual monthly page this year, I thought it might be simpler to save myself some time and publish the Wyenot.com monthly viewer statistics as a part of the News pages.

Last year, the Wyenot.com server log showed 2,302,417 'hits'. I do not like the term 'hits' however as this includes visits by web crawlers and many web site owners use this figure to blind Joe Public with stunning figures. This 2.3 million 'hits' actually equated to 343,086 pages of the web site being visited by 70,184 unique human individuals. Dividing the pages served by the unique visitor count, shows that the average visitor to Wyenot.com looked at 4.8 pages. I am extremely pleased with this figure as many will have looked at far more. This is a sign that the web site is proving to be of interest, rather than just a collector of people hitting the first page and getting bored!

Traditionally, January is the 'quiet' month for visitors to this web site - the lull before the start of the tourist season. This year however, January has proved to be anything but quiet! For reasons unknown to myself, Wyenot.com has been hit by a huge surge of universities, schools and colleges visiting the site on a daily basis. If you happen to be one of these academic visitors, out of curiosity I would be interested to find the reason for this sudden increase in interest?

Listed below are the main visitor figures for Wyenot.com between 1st and 31st January 2005:

Hits - 245,419.
Unique human visitors - 13,159.
Pages viewed by above visitors - 38,338.
Data downloaded (bandwidth used) - 2,966,839 bytes. (Virtually 3 gigabytes)

The top five most visited pages over the same period, highest to lowest were: Home Page, Accommodation, Wyenot News, Site Map, Street map.

Interestingly, the 'Accommodation' page only climbed to second position from fourth within the last four days of the month. People must be beginning to think about booking holidays and weekend breaks!

586 people added the site to 'Favourites' on their web browser.

The IP address which made the most individual visits belongs to a College in Birmingham, closely followed by an internet gateway address belonging to Herefordshire Council. The most data by any user group was downloaded by the computers using the Herefordshire Council gateway (82.379 Megabytes). Hmm, interesting!

Thank you for your visit!



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