Gardening For Wildlife

Hairy Yellow Face bee (Hylaeus hyalinatus) in my wildlife garden I must admit these bees are tiny and therefore very easily overlooked. When I got my ‘eye-in’, I had to use Steven Falk’s excellent book and his website to try to find what they were, so I may be wrong! Reading this book made me […]

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  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

The Hive: Fortnightly findings Every fortnight we welcome special guests to The Hive to talk about bees and wild pollinators. Until 29 October (alternate Sundays). Event details Alternate Sundays 28 May – 29 October 2017 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm TALKS AND CONFERENCES       Venue:    Under The Hive Price: Free with entry to […]