At last one of the bee hotels is playing host to its first set of guests. However, of the four small hotels that I bought from Lidl only one is occupied. This is the one facing east on the fence at the bottom of the garden. At first only one of the tunes had any […]Read More The Guests Have Arrived
Well last week the moth trap did provide a little more excitement, though not so much on the Moth front. Sitting conspicuously on the top of the egg boxes was a huge Cockchafer. The vernacular name, Cockchafer means “big beetle” in old English, which is certainly true as it can have a body length between […]Read More Common Cockchafer
Things may be quiet on the moth front, but there are many other interesting creatures in the garden. While doing a little gardening over the weekend I noticed in my peripheral vision a black insect fly past. When I tracked it down I knew I’d not seen it before, so I faced into the house […]Read More What has St Mark to do with flies?
late last year I bought a couple of cheap insect hotels from Lidl, and this weekend I put them up around the garden. There are four in total and I’ve placed them in different places and aspects to see which will be the most popular, if any. Mind you, looking at them I’m not sure […]Read More Bed and breakfast bee style
Since the old greenhouse bit the dust at the beginning of last year we have had a small part of he the top area of the garden that we’ve done nothing with so far. The greenhouse had stood there for over 20 years, and so it didn’t owe us anything when it did finally succumb […]Read More Wildflower meadow in miniature