Chiffchaff and bumblebees

Today, to Gooilust nature reserve.

Near the entrance, a buff-tailed bumblebee queen. Many others later.

A buzzard. A grey heron near a ditch.

A chiffchaff singing and flying from twig to twig in a treetop. Maybe he is just back from the annual migration to Africa.

A jay. A female great spotted woodpecker.

A hare in a meadow. Another hare sits near a tree, with a buzzard sitting on a pole a few metres away.

On the bank of the ditch, many butterbur flowers.

In the meadow: two oystercatchers and two Egyptian geese. Many rooks.

As spring starts officially today, the snowdrops’ flowers are almost finished.

In the trees: a long-tailed it. Then, a treecreeper. Then, a nuthatch. On the bank, pied wagtails. In the ditch, two mute swans. In another meadow, a great cormorant.

The black witch’s butter on the fallen tree is in a very decayed state. Also a sign that winter is ending.

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  1. From New Zealand to Kent

    Last modified: 01 June 2009

    Short-haired bumblebee

    One of our nature reserves is to be at the forefront of an innovative project to bring an endangered bumblebee back home to England.

    The short-haired bumblebee was last found in England at Dungeness in 1988.

    It is now extinct in this country but descendents from the English population are still found in New Zealand. Numbers of short-haired bumblebees were transported there in late nineteenth century to pollinate crops to feed cattle. The bees established small populations on the South Island of New Zealand, but remain unprotected and under threat. …


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