As usual, lots to be seen at Collard, including an impressive air show as the Red Arrows practiced their sky drawing! I’ve taken a few photos as promised to represent all the great things to be seen.
The Bumblebees continue to work as hard as ever, providing their essential pollination service to our wild flowers. Can you see the dusting of pollen on her furry coat? The fur of a Bumblebee allows pollen to stick to her coat and be easily passed on to the next flower. She will use her legs to scrape the grains into pollen ‘baskets’ on her legs which can be quickly stored once she reaches her underground nest.
Bramble bushes seem to be the calcareous grassland equivalent of a watering hole with the number of different groups it attracts, and I found more bee and butterfly species nectaring and sheltering in a single patch than I could attempt to photograph! This included the garden favourites, the Red Admirals and Peacocks:
The ragwort is always hosting some kind of creepy crawly, but today I was happy to find these friends, the Gatekeeper and Small Copper happily nectaring together!
This dragonfly species was very obliging when it came to being photographed. Trying to research the species, I thought it might look similar to a Ruddy Darter… What do you think?
As always, thanks for reading!
Gabrielle, Volunteer ranger