As summer seems to be stuttering to life – barring the odd hail storm – things are getting less frantic for us. The last of our solar farm projects is being seeded and we can begin to enjoy those bits of the garden not being eaten by slugs, rabbits and hares. The joys of country life…
My greatest excitement at the moment is our lovely wildflower roof, which looks sensational and is abuzz with all manner of mini-beasts, including some solitary bees, who are discovering my bee boxes. The birds like it too. And the bigger beasts can’t get up there to mess it up!
The meadow areas in the field are coming along less quickly but are beginning to look good, if I can teach myself to ignore the Dock, which I am gradually rifting out. We’re up to something like 20 odd wildflower species plus grasses, so coming along nicely. I think we’ll cut it before our hols, at the end of July.
Honeybees are very swarmy at the moment (although – touch wood – mine are behaving!). If you see a large number of bees swarming, do please let you local beekeepers’ association know and they will send someone out to collect them. If you see a smaller number of bees flying around something like a nest box don’t worry – these are Tree Bumblebees, Bombus hypnorum. They will be gone soon.
We’ve made a modest contribution to the Treeangle Foundation recently, which is an interesting project, and a rather more substantial one to the National Biodiversity Network (“NBN”). Do follow the link to find out more about this vital organization. We’ve also been delighted to contribute wildflower seed packets to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Butterfly Conservation for two different campaigns.
The Mark II bumblarium had its first outing at the Bath and West Show, where we put it up in the bees and honey tent. The new version is more of a vivarium, so if it could help promote your cause do get in touch.
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