The big butterfly count

The big butterfly count

The sunshine has brought with it a fluttering of wings. Butterflies flit around the garden in dizzy flights or bask open-winged on leaf and lawn; prompting me to make sure I spend some time at the weekend joining in with Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count. Taking part in the count is easy: find a sunny spot [...]

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 [...]