(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
This is Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve’s newest badger sett. It is not the most salubrious of setts and is likely the home of a low-status bachelor badger. Dug in the open under low trees and surrounded by copious amounts of cow dung, the attraction must be ultra reasonable ground rent. I can’t see a self-respecting female badger being interested in nursing her cubs here. No warm sunsets for this sett’s occupier; it’s… Read More
I counted 1086 southern marsh orchids growing in North Pasture today, and ended up covered in grass pollen.
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