Bumblebees are glorious little insects. Their drowsy buzzing coupled with their plump, fluffy bodies languidly drifting from flower to flower always evokes warm spring days for me. Having managed to capture this little chap on camera yesterday, I was saddened to read that the number of bumblebees in the UK is falling quite rapidly.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust website states that two bumblebee species have become extinct in the UK since 1940. Numbers of the remaining species are in decline and therefore, it is vitally important that we do what we can to make our outdoor spaces ‘bee friendly’. Lots of plants and seeds are now labelled as bee friendly, so it’s easy to source different things to put in your garden/window box/patio tubs that will attract bees. There’s a whole section on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website that details the best ways to garden for bumblebees. Just from observing them in my own and other gardens in the area, I know they are particularly attracted to lavender and the buddleia.
Interestingly, the website also has an online shop section where you can purchase pin badges. I’ve bought a white tailed bumble bee badge to add to my collection because I think that’s the species of the one in my photo (it’s the closest looking one anyway!).
It’s been really cold and wintery here so when I saw these beautiful crocuses yesterday, I couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures on my iPhone. Aren’t they magnificent?
I can see a few daffodils starting to bud in the front garden too. The sun is making an effort although the wind is still bitingly cold and I’d be naive to think I could head out without a thick coat and scarf!
Despite this, I feel my spirits lifting and I’m certainly looking forward to the lighter evenings and better weather.
What signs of spring have you seen recently?
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A couple of weekends ago, we went for a walk in Salcey Forest. The leaves were turning, the air was crisp and the sunlight made dappled patterns through the canopy of tree tops.
There is a Tree Top walk through the forest, which enables you to see the forest from above like a bird or a squirrel. What a wonderful reminder to look at things from a different perspective. At ground level, trees are solid and rooted but at the top, they bend and sway elegantly in the breeze. I was left with the overriding thought that there’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds so long as your feet are firmly placed on the ground!
If you have the chance, visit Salcey as it’s a lovely place. There are a number of different walks (including ones suitable for kids), cycle paths, bridleways, picnic faclities, on-site parking and a cafe.