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Common Carder Bee

This fluffy bumblebee looks like a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), with the ginger top of the thorax and cream & black hairs in the abdomen. ID can be a challenge as colouring varies a lot between individuals, location and … Continue reading

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Is it a Podgy Hoverfly?

There’s been a bizarre black buzzing insect in the garden. It zips speedily around flowers then loiters with expert hovering, like a podgy Hoverfly. In a few lucky photos, I managed to identify it as a Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora … Continue reading

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Unlikely place to find Bees #1

I’m now attracting strange looks from the neighbours as I stare at the patio in my back garden, – not the first place you’d think of to discover wildlife. An insect was darting around the holes dug between the patio … Continue reading

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The Birds and the Bees

Well it didn’t take long for the solitary bees to start breeding, after only starting emerging a couple of weeks ago. The Red Mason Bees (which I’ve found out have been renamed to Osmia bicornis) are already nesting in holes in … Continue reading

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Spy inside a solitary bee nest

It’s fascinating watching the bees buzzing around the garden. Last week I took a peek inside one of the nest boxes for solitary bees. This design allows you to take the front panel off to reveal the clear plastic nest … Continue reading

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Queen Bumble

On my bee hunting challenge, I found this huge bumble bee on the pavement (thankfully before I stood on it).  This bumblebee was far bigger than the average length of 10-16mm. Once I’d carefully put it onto a wallflower in … Continue reading

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Buzzy bee gate

Josh, Aaron and I have just finished installing a new gate at Hawley Meadows, which will allow access for  Fleet Bee Keepers to place hives on site. Ranger Stuart

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Working on the Path

On the 6th May 11 volunteers and one student joined me on the section of path between Frimley Business Park and Hawley Meadows.  This little section is well used but hidden away and looking outside now, I’m grateful it was … Continue reading

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