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Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

Date posted: Saturday 27th April 2019

Butterflies, harlequins bust out, bee post residencies and dead hedgehog

This time last week, warm Easter weekend sunshine, today Storm Hannah blowing the trees around with a cold, raw wind, and not much sign of April showers, giving us a very dry spring so far. Last week’s warm sun brought the out of their over-wintering quarters in the Seed Store double door ventilator strips – mostly harlequins, unfortunately and many released outside to continue their dominance over our native species! Purple lamium is apparently a top plant for bees to forage on – these two ladybirds were probably just enjoying the spring sun!

Butterflies are back, orange-tips, large and small whites, the occasional red admiral and a handsome speckled wood all making the most of the early flowers.

Both bee posts in our front entrance flowerbed were a-buzz a few days ago – the new batch of solitary bees must have just emerged because there was much activity around the holes as the bees orientated themselves and began to explore their new environment.

Sadly this mature hedgehog was curled up near the Seed Store last Sunday. No idea what caused it’s demise, and no –one has mentioned that they’ve seen a hedgehog on the site; a bit of a mystery.