Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Solitary bees

We met a young couple on the Pads footpath today taking a close interest in the bank to the side of the path. We stopped for a chat and the young man was an entomologist studying for his PhD researching solitary bees. Apparently there are over two hundred species and most of the apple blossom pollinating in the Orchard is done by such creatures rather than the honey bees we assume do the work. They had been inspecting some bees nests in the bank and lo and behold a bee was at work apparently spring cleaning his / her nest.

I also spotted a brown hare yesterday in the field adjacent to West Field.