A selection of my garden wildlife videos

Winter foraging queen bumblebee. B. terrestris After seeing B. terrestris workers foraging on Mahonia japonica in Liverpool in Jan 2016, I have kept a lookout ever since for winter activities in the North West. Whilst out collecting natural materials for a Christmas wreath making session I am giving shortly, a couple walked by and we […]

25 flowers used by solitary bees for nectar and pollen Each one of the flowers is actually used by and in most cases, the bee is filmed actually foraging or has just finished foraging on it. All flowers were filmed in my garden, except for the parsnips growing on an allotment site where I was working. […]

Sapyga quinquepunctata? sleeping inside Nurturing Nature Nestbox BWARS states that Sapyga quinquepunctata is a cleptoparasite of solitary bees, including the Red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), O. leaiana, O. caerulescens (Blue Mason bee) and  O. aurulenta. Sapyga quinquepunctata is often found in my wildlife garden and resting inside my nest boxes. This is just one of […]

Would the male Wool carder bee attack the bumblebee on a string? After observing the frantic antics of a male wool carder bee and filming them. I saw it chase away butterflies, hoverflies, attack a male B. pratorum, a male solitary bee and closely inspect a wood chip on a string, what would happen if I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]