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
Increasingly, people agree that bees are good for us and the environment and are indeed essential to our survival, but what about wasps and hornets, aren’t these useful too? Hornets are large wasps and, like bees, wasps pollinate plants and flowers as they feed on nectar. If we were to eradicate wasps it would cause more problems than it would solve. So, wasps do serve a useful purpose and despite being an… Read More
What’s the problem in letting ragwort grow unmolested in a field? Ragwort has gained a reputation, bordering on the extreme, as a killer of grazing animals. Is this reputation justified? I think not! I’ve heard it said that ragwort will completely invade a field if left unchecked. Well…will it? Yes! In a field where the ground conditions are right, ragwort can flourish. I like ragwort! I like that ragwort is a top… Read More