(PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS TO WATCH RELATED VIDEOS) This video shows a honey bee swarm building a nest in a rotting tree stump on Wilden Marsh, which can spell disaster if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst. Autumn swarms can result in two depleted bee colonies being unable to muster enough honey for the winter. Without food, the bees are fighting a losing battle, often meaning the destruction… Read More
The cattle need moving to higher ground; not far: from down there in the Swamp, to up here in the Northern Corridor and Hoo Brook Corral. The move could be easy or a real pain if the cattle decide to run further into the Swamp. Yesterday evening, in preparation, I separated the two Galloways from the herd and secured them in Hoo Brook Corridor to keep the rest of the cattle at… Read More
I counted 1086 southern marsh orchids growing in North Pasture today, and ended up covered in grass pollen.
Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve is in flood! No surprise there I hear you say. It’s a marsh after all and flooding naturally happens from time to time. For some people, flooding can be a disaster. The arrival of large quantities of swirling muddy water on Wilden Marsh is generally a good thing. The surging flows laden with upstream minerals flush longstanding nutrient-rich waters from ponds, pools, scrapes and stagnant puddles. Also delivered… Read More
I found a hornet nest this morning, in an old woodpecker’s oak tree hole. Hornets are beneficial insects. The main difference between wasps and hornets is their size. Hornets are larger than wasps, which is one of the main reasons why they scare some people; but hornets are really quite docile, shy creatures. Another difference is the colour. Wasps which are usually yellow and black, hornets are more orangey-red, although this does… Read More