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Saturday, 11 August 2018

One For The Birds And Bees. ....

I am very fortunate to have plenty of wildlife here in my garden in heavenly Devon, and I try to capture photos whenever I can. The woodpecker is the most difficult one to capture with the camera, because he is off at the slightest movement or noise. I shall have to sit myself on a chair and learn to be patient - and very quiet! I did manage to take this one shot, although the quality isn't really very good

I was rather pleased with that last one, I must admit. 

Talking about the garden and the wildlife, research shows that bees are dying in large numbers.  However, this is not a new phenomenon.  In the 1950’s, there were over 50 species of bee here in the U.K.,  yet now there are only  25.  The rest have become extinct, and yet the number of non-native bees have increased.  This has been put forward as one reason for the demise of our own native bee.

A bit like our native bluebells, which are now being over-run by the Spanish variety!  Many people are simply not aware of the consequences if the bee population dies out.  They are responsible for pollinating our crops, and I have discovered that a third of our regular diet could be affected if this decline continues, and animals, both wild and domesticated, would be left without the foodstuffs they rely on. The following poster is courtesy of

Strangely enough, with the hot, dry Summer we have experienced this year, I have never seen so many bees in the garden, which is planted up with all the shrubs and flowers that bees love so much. I also have several Bee and Insect Hotels dotted around!

Well, we are now in August, and the year is pressing on. I hope you are keeping well wherever you are in this small world of ours 😊.


Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to see all of them. We need to think about the information you provided. It's true:)

Southhamsdarling said...

Hallo Weekend-Windup. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. It certainly gives you food for thought, doesn’t it? Enjoy your weekend 😊

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Thisisme! We're really getting a downpour right now! I guess all of my whining and my dry creek photo paid off. We've been getting rain for the past 3 days now!

What an interesting post! I've read a little bit about the bee shortage. It seems like the good ones are dying off, and that is sad. As you say, they are a distinct source of food for creatures and humans alike.

I just love your header photo, and the Coast Path sign. We don't have such exciting signs here! A beautiful photo. And, I agree, your last photo with butterfly is the best! It's hard to get the birds to sit still, and sometimes my arms get tired when I try to sit still and hold my camera.

This is a very nice informative post. I've never seen bee and insect hotels. I'm sure they just love you and the care you take for their survival, Thisisme! By the way, someone's mama hen wandered into my back property a month ago with her baby chicks. We don't know where she came from, so I guess they can stay for now. The chicks are already growing and they seem to be happy! I have neighbors all around with chickens now, so I don't know who to ask.

Love your post. Had my computer in the hospital, so was unable to come over earlier. Have a great week, dear friend!♥

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Suzanne, I was missing you! For a minute, I thought YOU had been in the hospital - but then I saw that it was your computer that was in there. Phew!! Like you, I love all the sign posts that I come across on my coastal walks, and I thought it would make a good picture! So you’ve been having some rain! That will teach you to,post pictures of dry creeks 😊. Strangely enough, we had rain both on Saturday and Sunday, but the ground is still so very dry, and all the lawns still look parched. I hope you’re having a good week over there, and that all is well with Scooter. Hugs ❤️