Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Bees 'n Beans is go

We have beans. So begins our @LJBees Bees 'n Beans citizen science project.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

♥ Tadpoles ♥

Gentrified Squirrels

Sign of the times, one of the new neighbours must be feeding the squirrels almonds. Forgetfulness, surfeit or happenchance: this curious little seedling has been potted on to see if it thrives.

♥ Pear Blossom ♥

Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto posturing in the pear tree. Nesting materials are being collected.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Plot57b Pollinators

Beefly Bombylius major first spotted on 01/04

Hoverfly ♀Myathropa florea thnak you to @HoverflyLagoons for confirmation of ID.

A poor pic, but posted here for the record: hoverfly Helophilus sp. possibly pendulus

We used the exceptional photographs by Chris Webster on his site British Hoverflies to ID our beauties.

Wasp possibly Dolichovespula media

Hairy-footed flower bee ♀ Anthophora plumipes

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Time of the Toad

The first and only clump of frogspawn appeared in the pond on the 29th of March, a single toad spawned on the 3rd of this month. Yesterday was a good day for it and the toads started calling. Their chorus continued until evening as they laced cat's cradles through the pond weed.

We counted six pairs in one count with a further 5 lone males jostling for position. We recorded the final tally with the Fresh Water Habitats Trust's Big Spawn Count.

Let there be tadpoles!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Bees 'n Beans

Potting up broad beans for @LJBees Bees 'n Beans citizen science project today. We're going to put the plot57b pollinators through their paces.