August is all about . . .

. . . wide open spaces. Out beyond the house the meadows have turned to grasslands, seeming ever more expansive as the summer progresses. The cornfields will be cropped, and from the upstairs windows we'll see golden stubble stretching out to meet the black-green shapes of the hedges and trees. Then there's the promise of…

Blooms for Bees: April

There have been many more bees on the wing this month: first sightings of red-tailed bumblebee queens (Bombus lapidarius), common carder queens (Bombus pascuorum) and of the first buff-tailed (Bombus terrestris) and early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) workers. There have been solitary bees too. Tawny mining bees (Andrena fulva) are nesting in amongst tussocks of grass in the…