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  1. Garden blogs

    New apiary site takes shape

    There’s a chill in the air but the work of our botanic beekeeper and her volunteers goes on . . .

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    Gardening for hoverflies

    When you hear about pollination, it’s likely that you think about bees first. However, hoverflies are also very effective pollinators, and are as good as collecting pollen via the hair on their bodies as bees1. However, hoverflies are not only important in pollination! They can have other roles in ecosystems, as some hoverflies can recycle […]

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    The importance of flowering ivy (Hedera helix)

    First of all, it is an important source of pollen and nectar for pollinators in autumn. When a lot of flowering plants are starting to die off in late summer, ivy starts to produce yellow/green, strong-smelling blooms, so pollinators that are still on the wing use it to forage. Late-flying butterflies, such as Red admirals […]

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    Bee Blog – As we go into October

    This week the bees have been working hard collecting their stores for Winter, topping up their provisions.

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    Autumn foragers and winter worries

    The ivy is out in flower, it is covered in bees and hoverflies taking advantage of the September sunshine and topping up their nectar stores.

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    Guide to August’s Wildflowers

    As the end of summer approaches there are still many floral delights to find. Here are a few species to look out for.

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