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New Residents

A couple of years ago we started building bird box kits for the Primary Kids to put together on their plot visits (thanks go to Graeme on Plot 48). Since then, a dozen or so have been put in place around our site.

I’m pleased to report that a number are now occupied. Sorry about the photos – not quite in the David Attenborough class!

Up by Anne’s Plot 99A

I put a couple of homemade boxes up at the beginning of the year on Plot 81 and I am pleased to say both have attracted interest.

Oi! Mate – you got permission to take photos?

The box by the rasps is definitely occupied and the Blue Tits come and go every few moments at present.

It would be good to know how many occupied boxes we have on site, so if you know of any others please get in touch.

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.

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

Sepi’s Toad

Thanks go to Arshia for catching this video.

Spotted on Plot 85 in the last week or so, making use of a welcome shower of rain.

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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