Archive for Didcot

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, TV, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The house sparrow was the most popular bird seen on this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW) and that was the top spot when me and my son did our bit for the BGBW. Not far behind though were blue tits and long-tailed tits in numbers spotted.

Interesting article on how to help encourage wildlife in your garden here.

Hedgerow in the snow 

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, wildlife with tags , , , on December 10, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Had a blue tit on the feeder…

…and then this morning the hedgerow was covered in snow! We’ve had a robin, long tail tits, blackbird and the usual sparrow group. Record so far for sparrows is twenty in one go.

Yesterday to add to the bird species tally seen in this hedgerow was a chaffinch. Hopefully will see more of this brightly coloured little fella.

Save Loyd Fields update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Although the planning permission for the proposed housing development on Loyd Fields was turned down by South Oxfordshire Council, the developer has appealed. You can get more updates at their Facebook page Save Loyd Fields 

More proposed development this time by Taylor Wimpey at Hagbourne Fields. There is a campaign page here Hands Off Hagbourne Fields to keep up to date.

On a more local level, we have a lovely little bit of hedgerow next to a local footpath which has just been closed Taylor Wimpey as part of their ongoing GWP development.

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They used a digger to move a small pile of earth and in the process removed some hedgerow – sledgehammer to crack a nut springs to mind! This patch of hedgerow/brambles is home to nesting wood pigeons, a pair of magpies and we have regular visits from sparrows, starlings, blue tits, wrens, dunocks and great tits. Hopefully it will survive Taylor Wimpey’s construction although understandably it will disturb the local bird life and wildlife.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot – update

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , , on October 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Update from the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page –

“Our planning committee meeting date has been confirmed and we need you! – October 9th, 18:00 at the Fountain Conference Centre, Crowmarsh, OX10 8BA.

We are looking for as many of you to attend as possible, this is where we show the South Oxfordshire District Council how strongly we object to these plans by coming together as one.

We’ll be designing, printing and laminating posters for people to use on the day, but nothing says protest like a bunch of homemade signs, (no pitchforks please!) so if you can design your own that would be excellent.”

You can get more details at the Facebook page here.

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Save Loyd Road Fields – deadline for objections 12 July

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The deadline for your objection letters is the 12th July and you can do so via this link

Do like the Facebook page as they are very active and keep updating on the latest news etc. Good news in that Didcot Town council object to the planning application. A decision on the planning application is due sometime in September.

Save Loyd Road Fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 7, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Save Loyd Road Fields campaign now has a website.

Plenty of public objections coming in and one from the Rights Of Way body. The deadline for responses to the proposed development is July 12.

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Save Loyd Road fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 4, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Catesby Estates have a speculative planning application in for a green space near to Loyd Road, Didcot. Residents and interested parties have until July 12 to raise their objections to South Oxfordshire council. The local press has already picked up on the story. A target decision date has been given for early September.

Keep up to date via the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page.