Whale on the sands

Whale on the sands

Yesterday was our last day in the Cornish seaside village of Pentewan, so in the morning we headed down to the shore for one last gaze out to sea before heading back inland. As we turned to walk along the sands, we got quite a shock.  There on the shoreline lay the carcass of a [...]

Take one jar . . . and create a nature display

Take one jar . . . and create a nature display

Walks at this time of year are punctuated by frequent interruptions: stooping to collect hazelnuts in their fresh green casings, pausing to admire the berries in the hedgerows. A few treasures always make it home with us.   We rediscovered the idea of the nature table by displaying our finds in a glass jar; replacing [...]

Our solitary friends

Our solitary friends

In the garden a few weeks ago, I watched as a small, gingery bee buzzed above a volcano-shaped mound in a flower bed, then landed and entered the hole at its summit. This tawny mining bee (Andrena fulva) is a solitary bee, of which there are more than 200 hundred species in Britain.  Solitary bees [...]