Category Archives: Bees

My photograph of the month for August

It took me a while to choose my photograph for this month. In the few warm sunny days that we have had, I have enjoyed watching many beautiful insects. Out of the many butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and bees, this fuzzy buff-tailed bumblebee is my winner for this month!

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You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

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#30DaysWild day 12, 13 & 14 – rhinos, sparrows and socks

Day 12 – Rhinos

For my wild day 12, I attended a fantastic talk about rhinos and the conservation efforts being made to protect them from poaching in South Africa.

Doctor Jana Pretorius gave the lecture and spoke passionately about rhinos as a species and the individuals that she had encountered and cared for.

It was emotional and inspiring! If you want to see the work that she and her foundation do, you can find them here:

Website: http://www.rhinopridefoundation.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhinopridefoundation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhinopridefndn

Day 13 – Sparrows

Day 13 was my last day at work before a long weekend. I must admit to having been rather tired before my short break, so I am glad that this was the day where the ‘wild’ came to me and my friends. As we had lunch, a little sparrow came to investigate what we were up to. Very sweet!

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Day 14 – Socks!

This was a time to relax and chill. I thought some gardening would be a good idea, so I popped outside to get some of the overgrowth a little under control. I got to watch the ants and bees go about their business all the way up till I nearly cut the top of my finger off with secateurs!

I was never one for being green fingered!

In honour of “Pull your socks up for wildlife” my friend Bex and I put our favourite wildlife socks on. Turns out we both loves bees!

And one final but important note, Happy Birthday Bex!!!

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#30DaysWild day 10 & 11

Day 10 – Starlings

A blustery day at work ended with a few magical moments watching a small group of Starlings, all foraging in a windswept patch of grass.

Day 11 – Beetles, bees & blooms

Today I took the opportunity to appreciated beetles and bees revel in the nectar and pollen provided by beautiful wildflowers.

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#30DaysWild day 3 – A potter around the garden

Today my 30 Days Wild was a simple one, but a pleasurable one.

I topped up the bird feeders for the sparrows, dunnocks, starlings, blackbirds and jackdaws.

Watered the wildflowers I’d planted for the bees and butterflies. I also cut back the creeping buttercup to make sure that it doesn’t take over.

I added water to the shallow pool for the resident toad.

Finally, I prepared the food for the hedgehogs, who loyally (but grumpily) visit my garden every night.

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My photograph of the month for April

Choosing this month’s photograph was a tough one! All the new life has exploded everywhere!

Flowers, birds and insects have been brought forth by the promise of the sun’s warmth. I have spent a lot of time admiring the gorgeous yellow glows of dandelions that have filled the local grass verges. Bringing colour for us and much needed pollen and nectar to our early insect risers! I have seen many bees like this one, revelling in the pollen provisions of these precious golden blooms.

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You can have a peek at my photograph from last month here.

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My photograph from September!

My photograph for September is a tiny little bee, spotted foraging on the flower of a creeping thistle!

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Click to see my previous month’s photo here.

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My Big Butterfly Count 2016

I take part in the Big Butterfly Count every year. It’s great fun to do and I would encourage anyone to do it!

Though I’ve now been in the Market Bosworth area for a year now, this is the first opportunity do the Big Count here.

As always, I enjoyed my count. The chosen place was my local patch, it is so full of life! In the 15 minutes of doing the survey, not only did I see 9 different species of butterfly, but I also saw Dragonflies, Damselflies, Bees, Snails, Birds and, Black and Yellow Longhorn beetle. I even had a frog jump over my foot!

If you want to take part, you can find out more at The Big Butterfly Count website here.

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Day 25 #30DaysWild

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to meet 2 very interesting and beautiful little insects!

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Cerceris arenaria – a solitary wasp

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Halictus tumulorum – Bronze Furrow Bee

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Day 22 #30DaysWild

In honour of National Insect Week I went out bug hunting today, equipped with my pooter!

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Day 20 #30DaysWild

It’s National Insect Week! So I have decided I’m going to be blogging about bugs for the rest of the week!

My first blog is about a lovely little bush in my back garden I inherited from the previous tenant and the bees are all a-buzz about it! It’s Purple Toadflax and come pouring rain or shine, there is always at least one busy bee visiting these little purple flowers!

In the nice weather like I had here today, it’s covered in at least 6 bees from 3 different species! Wonderful to watch!

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