Saturday, 26 August 2017

30 Days Wild day 24- Bees

It feels like a very long time since I published the last post for 30 days wild. The past few months have been much busier than I expected, and unfortunately updating this blog has had to take a back seat. But now I'm back! Over the next few days I'll be posting the rest of my 30 Days Wild blogs, and then I'll move on to what I've been getting up to since.

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A screenshot of the 30 Days Wild app, showing a picture of a bumblebee on a flower and the text "Follow a bumblebee. You'll need your eyes & ears to keep up!"

The university term finished on Friday, so today saw me heading back home to Lincoln. This meant I didn't have a huge amount of time for acts of wildness, so I turned to the 30 Days Wild app for inspiration. Its suggestion: 'Follow a bumblebee.' This seemed fitting- in the summer, the garden at home is always full of bees and other pollinators. This is particularly striking after spending term time in York, where the terraced streets around my house make bees and butterflies rare. 

A bumblebee on an Escallonia flower

At home, there's an Escallonia sp. shrub at the very edge of the drive. We're not sure which species it is, because it's been there so long no one can remember. I suspect it's an Escallonia rubra of some sort, which the RHS includes in their 'perfect for pollinators' list. Whatever it is, the bees love it, and the sound of their buzzing greets you as soon as you get out of the car.

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