Tagged: Wildlife

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More Bees Please

The Bee Hotel was a live with activity today – who’d have thought it could be so successful. I’m still working on my bee ID though. The larger bamboo canes seem to be filling up nicely with Red Mason Bees (Osmia bicornis), at least that’s what I thought they were, but I’m beginning to have...

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Red Mason Bees

I’m pleased to announce that our bee hotel has some new residents. Since installing it earlier in the year a few spiders have taken up residence in and around it, it’s roof has been used for sunbathing by fledgling sparrows, and the magpies stole a load of the bamboo canes and smaller sticks to add...

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Building a Bee Hotel

I’m not really sure what brought it on but late on Sunday afternoon I suddenly had the urge to build a bee hotel. We’d already inspected our honey bees during which Moirgan was stung by one, but I persuaded him to come out into the garden again to help. It had warmed up a little now,...

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A New Garden Species

Morgan suggested we put the moth trap out last night as it was the first day for ages without any wind. There weren’t loads of moths in it this morning, which is actually nice as it means that going through them is a little more relaxed, but there were 25 moths from 7 different species,...

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Bumblebee Photos – Which is Best?

The Aberystwyth Beekeepers Association has a photographic competition coming up, so Morgan and I are going to enter. The categories are: Inside the Hive Beekeepers Other Bees (not the honey bee) We are only allowed one photo per category so I now have to choose a single photo for each. I have to make sure Morgan...

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Enjoying the Spring Sunshine

Like almost everyone in the country, we’ve been enjoying the spring sunshine, sometimes from within our new conservatory which is now finished and is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by, other times from within the garden itself. We’re not the only ones either, the plants and flowers seem to be...

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Isle of Man Bees, Moths and Rock Pools

We had a few nice days weather-wise on the Isle of Man (as well of course as a few wet ones) so managed to get out for strolls in the countryside. Anna’s Mum has a bit of an allotment that she works on and there is a little apiary there so as budding beekeepers we...

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Water Feature for Garden Wildlife

Our new garden water feature has worked a treat. Not only does it look and sound good but part of the intention was to provide some water for garden wildlife. Whilst sat out in the sunshine late on Sunday afternoon we saw first a Willow Warbler take a bath in it followed by a Great...

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