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Issue No. 92 [Back Issues]
19th April 2006

This Week - [Great Crested Newt - Churches Together for Easter - A Bird in the Hand]
[Well Done Ross RFC! - Digital Listening Post - Ross Town Band - Locks off for Macmillan - Rare Baroque Passion]
[Photographic Society Exhibition - Topical Photography - Ryefield Centre Computer Courses]
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The Rare Great Crested Newt in Ross-on-Wye

Otters, kingfishers and now Great Crested Newts! Ross-on-Wye is quite a haven for wildlife. I photographed these Great Crested Newts, Pistasa triturus cristatus in a Ross-on-Wye pond last Wednesday evening, 12th April. The newts have probably been living there for a number of years and were discovered when the pond was recently being maintained. The Great Crested Newt is protected and for this reason, I am afraid the exact location will have to remain very much a secret.

The Great Crested Newt can grow up to seventeen centimetres in length and is the largest of the three types of British newt. It has been known for the species to live to an age of twenty seven years. The creature is nocturnal, hiding on land during the day and hibernating between October and late February, usually under piles of leaves. The reason for the Great Crested Newt's decline in the UK is almost certainly due to construction work. The species can have a territory of up to one and a half miles and therefore requires a large area of open countryside surrounding the pond in which it lives.

The photographs below of a courting couple and a single male were shot after dark and under water by the light of a torch. This is why it appears that part of their bodies are glowing.


The Ross-on-Wye Great Crested Newts, triturus cristatus male and female. Ref: DSC_8268

The Ross-on-Wye Great Crested Newts, triturus cristatus. Ref: DSC_8287

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WNTV: Churches Together Celebrate Easter in Ross-on-Wye

The combined churches of Ross-on-Wye held a service celebrating Easter at Ross Market House on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2006. Click here to view edited extracts from the service on Wyenot Television.

Easter was a late one this year but not as late as it could have been. Have you ever wondered how the date for Easter is determined each year? It's all down to astronomy. Easter Day falls on the first Sunday after the full moon which occurs either on or next after the 21st March. If the full moon occurs on a Sunday, Easter is the Sunday after. Easter falls on one of 35 days - between 22nd March and 25th April.


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A Bird in the Hand . . .

Like St. Francis of Assisi, Edwin Seabourn of Upton Bishop seems to have a way with the birds. This robin is nesting in the centre of the hose-reel outside the back door of Edwin's home in Powell Close, Upton Bishop and feeds several times a day from his hand.

I was a little worried when taking the photo because I tried to stay out of sight as much as possible but my mobile phone rang at the crucial moment and the robin flew away. Edwin only had to call once however and he flew straight back.


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