The frantic antics of a male Wool carder bee-video

16.10.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

The victorious gladiator male Wool carder bee. Watch this magnificent male Wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) as it fights, hassles, grapples, hovers, pounces, mates, patrols and chases other bees. It attacks a wood chip on a string, a male bumblebee and a male solitary bee on film. All in defence of its territory. Why expend so […]

Flowers that attract Wool carder bees video

13.10.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Flowers that attract Wool carder bees  Wool carder bees, (Anthidium manicatum) are fascinating to watch. To encourage them into your wildlife garden plant these flowers, grab a brew and watch their fast and furious lives! This is a small selection of flowers that they use for nest material (hairs) and nectar. The males in particular […]

Dave Goulson talks about helping our declining bees

09.10.2017 Bumblebees and their ecology

Wild pollinators and what we can do to help their decline  Prof. Dave Goulson talks about his lifelong interest in bumblebees and other wild bees. He explains the factors that are driving bee declines (loss of habitat, pesticides, the spread of disease), and suggests ways that everybody can help to ensure a future for these vital […]

Birds ‘n’ Bees and gardens presentation Warrington Asperger’s Group

06.10.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Asperger’s Group Warrington Fri 20 Oct 2017 The first in a series of fascinating talks by naturalist George Pilkington, about the courtship and nesting behaviour of both garden birds and bees. Learn how some bees are actually ousting birds from their completed nests! See his website for more information:-www.nurturing-nature.co.uk/ Parents and family of Autistic persons […]

The brave woodpigeon and the sparrowhawk video

22.09.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

This was one gutsy woodpigeon with attitude! I have seen adult Woodpigeons (Columba palumbus) show similar behaviour towards Collared Doves and even Magpies when driving them away from food. I have seen many sparrowhawks attack and kill smaller birds, such as a greenfinch, blackbirds and others, as well as hunting mice on foot! Collared Doves being […]

How to make Garden Compost talk Risley Moss

22.09.2017 Composting

George Pilkinton of Nurturing Nature; How to Make Garden Compost Sunday 24th September                                11:00pm to 12:30pm Making Garden Compost is like making a cake! You need the right ingredients, an ‘oven’, the right amounts, mix and away you go! This […]

Mint moths foraging and mating in my wildlife garden

21.08.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Probably mint moths! This year I have more water mint growing as it has now become more established in my small wildlife pond. I was intrigued when I saw this little moth flying in the daytime, which is rather unusual for many moths. After reading about mint moths and their association with mint, I went outside and found […]

Isodontia mexicana using Nurturing Nature observation nest box in Switzerland

17.08.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

A new solitary grass carrying wasp to look out for in your nest boxes? Isodontia mexicana, is a species of grass-carrying wasps, found in the United States. Notton states that c. 1940 it was accidentally imported into Hawaii, then c. 1960 southern France and now has spread into the Netherlands, Belgium and N. France. They use […]

Hedgehogs need Hedgehog Highways and Homes-PTFS survey

16.08.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Hedgehogs need Hedgehogs Highways and Homes. National Hedgehog Survey. This is the first ever national census of hedgehog houses, brought to you by Hedgehog Street: a national campaign from People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Hedgehog […]

A beautifully built solitary bee hotel and unpleasant residents who share it!!

31.07.2017 A selection of my garden wildlife videos

A beautifully built stone solitary bee hotel I love the ingenuity, creativity, design and appreciate the effort some people put into making a solitary bee nest. I came across this one recently when visiting a showpiece garden which itself contained a busy garden centre. The nest site is beautiful and comes very near the top of my […]