Milverton, Somerset

Pick up the poo!

Dog poop
Dog poop

There is no way of trying to be delicate about it……when you see dog poo in the street, it is offensive and totally unnecessary. In the same way as you wouldn’t neglect to feed your pet, there is no way you should neglect to pick up the result of that food, from the road or the footpath.

Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.

The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

Please be considerate. Pick up the poo!

Milverton’s poodemic

Jasper’s Blog

Dog poopCalling all dogs, calling all dog owners!

It’s started happening again. Some of you naughty dog owners are leaving your dog poos all over the place.

It’s embarrassing, unacceptable and this foul practice is giving every one of us pooches a bad name. So we need to take the lead and train our anti-social owners to ‘pick it up’ after we’ve done our business. They are never too old to learn a new trick, and you should see the joy on their faces when they have learned to do it!



Jubiliee Fun Dog Show

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event, we are hosting a family fun dog show. Come and have fun with your dog on Sunday 5 June at the Milverton Recreation Ground. Everyone is welcome.
These are the classes we have planned:
  • Dog agility
  • Junior handler (12 years and under)
  • Dog with the waggiest tail
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Dog that looks most like its owner
  • Best trick from the cleverest dog
  • Musical sits
  • The dog the judges would most like to take home
  • Best veteran
  • Six-legged race
  • Temptation alley
  • Best in show
We are raising money to contribute towards the funds for the Milverton Big Jubilee Celebrations. We look forward to seeing you all on the 5 June and enjoy the show.

Busy Bees April update

The Busy Bees met twice in March. The first time was as guests of Dan and Sally at the Old House where, along with Henry VIII, they watched the film Encanto. For those of you who have not seen this new Disney film the theme is that everyone is special in their own way, you do not have to have a remarkable gift to be valued. It was a chance for the children to consume popcorn and rocky roads and for the adults to get to know each other better.

The topic for our main session was chosen with Mothering Sunday in mind, but rather than look at human mothers we went to Houndsmoor Farm where Arthur and Christine Whittle showed the Busy Bees their cows and some very young calves. We all learnt a great deal about rearing and caring for cows and calves, and the children did a great job at sweeping the barn!

Take control dog walkers

We have noticed during the pandemic an increase in dog walkers which in itself is no problem at all. But this has also resulted in an increase in dogs off their leads and totally out of their owners/walkers control, sometimes the dog is nowhere near their owner/walker and they are oblivious to the actions of the dog.

This has become a frequent problem and came to a head recently when a dog chased two of our cats into the barn where they would have been trapped had it not been for the cat flap fitted at the rear through which they could escape.

What made matters worse was when the owner/walker eventually caught the dog they couldn’t understand why we were upset. This was just days after another incident where a terrier was caught chasing our horses around their field.

Today a dog came into our yard, initially we thought the dog did not have an owner/walker as we could not see anyone then we spotted a bobble hat disappearing down the bridleway, they had no idea their dog was harassing our cats. Could we remind all dog owners/walkers that if they are not able keep their dog(s) under close control and within sight to keep them on a lead, some land owners may not be as tolerant in similar circumstances.

Jane and Trevor Eastman
Kestrel Stables

White-tailed eagles seen in Somerset

White-tailed EagleIt is with great excitement that White-tailed Eagles can be once again seen in Somerset after an absence of over 200 years! White tailed Eagles or Sea Eagles are native to England but were driven to extinction through human persecution in the 17th century. The last breeding pair was recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1780.

Due to the hard work and persistence from Roy Dennis Britain’s leading expert in restoring wildlife, and his team. White-tailed Eagles were successfully reintroduced to Scotland where the population is now stable at around 150 breeding pairs.

In 2019 through a partnership with Forestry England and the RDWF the first cohort of 6 White-tailed Eagles were successfully reintroduced to the Isle of Wight only 4 of those birds survived. Now in 2022 it’s the fourth year of the project. There are currently 20 White-tailed Eagles in the wild which have dispersed across England.

In the first four years the young Eagles are very nomadic and can travel great distances. Some of the birds have spent time in Scotland, Yorkshire, the Peak district, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Hampshire, Dorset and the Southwest. One female spent the summer of 2021 on Exmoor. She was released from the Isle of Wight in 2020 and has the leg ring code G405. The birds have been fitted with GSM satellite trackers which enables the team to track their movements and see how they are using the landscape.

In November G405 flew to Cornwall and one of the females released in 2021 has flown over to Exmoor she has the leg ring code G814. The vast undisturbed landscape of Exmoor provides a great habitat for the Eagles.

In the first winter the birds rely heavily on carrion with over 30 per cent of the diet being scavenged. Other items that they have been observed eating are rabbits, hares, waterfowl, gulls, and corvids. In summer and spring much of the diet is made up of fish.

If you would like to find out more about the project and the Eagles movements, go to Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation.

Zoe Smith
Associate Ornithologist

Jasper’s blog

Paws for thought

Calling all dogs!

Over the last 2 to 3 years I’ve noticed a massive increase in our poo being left around the place. This is embarrassing,
unacceptable and giving every one of us pooches unfair criticism and bad press. This foul practice is not our fault and has to stop. We therefore need to take the ‘lead’ and train our anti-social owners to ‘pick it up, bag it and bin it’ after we’ve done our business. They are never too old to learn a new trick and you should see the joy and admiration it produces on people’s faces when they have learned to do it.

Calling all Councillors! Okay, so if we do our bit you must now do yours and provide a few more bins around the village for our owners to dump the bags afterwards. I’ve sniffed around and come up with the following suggestions:

  • Bottom of Butts Way
  • Top of Poo, sorry Huntash Lane
  • Top of lane, off bend on Wood Street
  • Houndsmoor

Editor’s note

Jasper is saying what many people feel, however Parishioners need to know that every single dog bin costs £624 per year to have it emptied. Which is a cost levied on the Parish.

Busy Bees sheep experience

The second session of this new monthly group for children met in July, and the topic was sheep and what it meant to be a good shepherd. Georgie Cooper introduced us to some of her sheep and lambs.

Our session in August was held in Wilscombe Woods and the theme was building.

The next sessions are:

  • Sunday 19 September
  • Sunday 17 October 
  • Sunday 21 November 

We shall start at 10am and, if you are interested, I shall let you know where each session will be held. I am going to contact the group using WhatsApp and email so please could you let me have one or other of these contact details. Please get in touch to find out more on 07761022673 or email

Julia Hatfield
Cobbleside, North Street