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Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (UK)

Thanks go to Sonya )Plot 97B) for suggesting this post.

This citizen science research project gives details of 14 pollinator-friendly flowers and invites participants to monitor plants and visitors in a set square of their plot.

Follow this link to the POMS website.

Bees’ needs abound

Am I right in thinking there have been more bees around this year?  I guess the weather has been to their liking.  However, it’s clear they need all the help we can offer them.  This is Bees’ Needs Week.  Check out these ideas for helping them out.

Using water wisely

Thanks go to Ranald (Plot 75) for bringing this advice from Scottish Water to our attention.

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Scottish Water – Advice

Customers across Scotland asked to use water wisely  03 July 2018

Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.

In some areas, there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.

Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.

Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.

Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.

Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Simple, practical steps which we encourage include:

Taking shorter showers

Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants

Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle

Turning off taps in the home whenever possible

Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded


Plotters are asked to take note.  Using a watering can rather than a hose helps put the water where it needs to be.  Please note that the use of sprinkler devices and systems that water whole areas of plots rather than specific plants is not appropriate.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Sustaining pollinators

As plotters, we all know the importance of encouraging insect pollinators. The RHS Garden Magazine for July has an interesting article by Kate Bradbury recommending plants from seeds that can give pollinators a big boost.

Kate’s recommendations are:

Borage

Cornflowers

Cosmos

Field Poppy

Honeywort (Cerinthe)

Nasturtium

Scabious

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

Sunflower

Viper’s Bugloss (Echium)

Many of these are to be seen on our plots and site.  Can anyone comment or suggest alternatives?

Back copies of RHS Gardening (and other mags) are available in the Octagon.

Read More about pollinators

Seed Saving Workshop

This session will be of interest to plotters. Scott Dow (Micro-plotter) or Phil (Plot 35) can offer some background if needed.

Wild Things!

Thanks go to Phil (Plot 35), Sonya (Plot 97B) and John (Plot 50) for prompting this post and the photos.

It was good to be reminded this week that Garthdee Field is such a great, natural green space for wildlife as well as growing.

Sonya sent me these photos taken by her granddaughter, Erica.

Photo Credit: Erica Berry

Photo Credit: Erica Berry

Erica took these pictures as part of a nature project she has been doing.

Earlier in the week, John alerted Stuart and me to a bee swarm he had seen and he managed to track and find it.

Photo Credit: Stuart Oram

John told us that such swarms of bees are natural at this time of year as a new Queen seeks to set up a new colony.

Phil spotted these caterpillars near his plot.

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

Phil reminds us that we ought not to chop down all the nettles we find on site as they are a preferred habitat for a number of species like Red Admirals. Small Tortoishells, Peacock, Comma and Painted Ladies. We plant things to feed the butterflies but often forget the food their caterpillars need.

It’s great to get these photos and stories.  Please keep them coming.

 

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