Death in the organic lavender bed at Ryton Gardens
The Bee Festival, part of the Blooms for Bees campaign, which I attended this weekend was, for me, a resounding success. It was great to be surrounded by people that liked and were engaged in wild bees. I had scores of people asking me questions about my award winning bumblebee nest and solitary bee nest boxes. Although some were a little upset when I told them that most bee hotels may be unsuitable !
Well done to Gemma Foster, Judith Conroy and co for organising it. It was brilliant. Thanks for a lovely weekend!
Whilst myself and Ron Rock watched on in our stalls as Brigit Strawbridge, Steven Falk and Richard Comont used a net to capture a bee, then show it to the public, a spider was busy using a different ‘net’ to capture a bee…… to eat!
The life and death struggle that occurs everyday in our gardens is a fascinating aspect of wildlife gardening. Break away from your mobiles/PCs and get out into the garden. Watch, listen and observe. Even for 5 minutes! It really is so enjoyable!!
You can download the Blooms for Bees App which features a Bumblebee identification, illustrations, photographs and descriptions for FREE!
Steven Falk’s excellent book Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
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