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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2013
11th January 2013 - 0 comments
In: Nature
Last year seems to have flown by, unfortunately I haven't been able to update the site as regularly as I would have liked.

I have just received an e-mail reminder from the RSPB that the time has come around again for the Big Garden Birdwatch.

This is an opportunity to participate in a nationwide wildlife survey by watching and recording the birds you see in one hour.

The event takes place over the weekend of the 26th-27th of January and more details can be found here:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
Being nice to Bees
03rd April 2012 - 0 comments
In: Nature
I am trying to my bit for the local wildlife by creating a wildlife friendly garden. One project was the digging of a garden pond which has become a home to newts and damselflies.
We have also planted a hedge with a mixture of Beech, Hawthorn, Yew and Pyracanthas to help the birds.
We also try and do our bit for the bees too and this year I have increased the number of bee houses!
The photo below shows a couple of Red Mason Bee nests which are attached about a metre off the ground on a roughly south facing fence.

The tubes that aren't showing white are ones from last year that had residents that have overwintered, the large tube is a purchased bee cocoon collection to boost the local population.
We often see queen bumblebees in the garden I have placed a bumble bee skep at the back of the garden on the off chnace someone may take up residence.

I have also boosted the number of early flowering species in the garden with some Winter Flowering Honeysuckle, White Dead Nettle and Red Dead Nettle (pictured below).

If you would like to learn more about gardening for bees please visit the BBCT website which has some great information.

BBCT: Gardening for bumblebees
BBCT - Walk for Bees 2012 Bumblebee Survey
08th March 2012 - 0 comments
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I received an e-mail today from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust requesting volunteers for their population survey initiative 'Bee Walk' so I thought I would share the details.

From the e-mail:

Why Walk for Bees?

While previous bumblebee surveys have focused on collating individual records in order to accurately map bumblebee distributions, BeeWalk will be the first scheme to enable us to collect bumblebee abundance data.

This information is integral to monitoring bumblebee population changes and will allow us to detect early warning signs of population declines.

All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee populations in response to climate and land-use change.

BeeWalk will be invaluable in helping us to conserve this dramatically declining and much-loved group of buzzing insects.

Methodology: not only is it useful, it's also good fun!

Volunteers will walk a 1-2km route of their own choosing once a month between March and October recording all of the bumblebee species and the number of each species they see.

If you are interested in joining this survey, please read carefully through the BeeWalk starter pack (attached) which includes recording sheets and detailed instructions.

You could choose to upgrade to BeeWalk Pro (info also attached), a more detailed survey in which the flowers that the bees are foraging on are also recorded.

If you feel that you can fully commit to this important survey, email us with your name and address at beewalk@bumblebeeconservation.org

With your help, we'll gather enough information on bumblebee populations to steer conservation efforts in the right direction


I have included the attachments they provided in the links below:

Beewalkpack.pdf
Beewalkpro.pdf