Cowslips for May Day and a wildflower weekend

When I was growing up cowslips were a true rarity; so scarce that they had an almost mythical status. Regarded as secret treasures, they were something to search for. These days they are more abundant; often seen at this time of year growing along roadsides and up grassy banks; their mythical status retained, not through…

Walking with bumblebees

On a breezy afternoon in early May I completed my first BeeWalk for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, recording the bees I encountered during an hour-long walk along a chosen transect. My route lies on the remnants of Jurassic reefs; an ancient landscape of corallian rag and kimmeridge clay.  Where bees buzz today, gryphaea once clung,…