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Reed buntings, grrrhh dead hedge, frogspawn envy and bees and flowers

Date posted: Sunday 7th March 2021

Reed buntings, grrrhh dead hedge, frogspawn envy and bees and flowers

No March winds, but a cold raw week to start the month and it’s hard to get motivated to get out under grey, overcast skies. But this afternoon a welcome return of bright sunshine – birds are singing, crocus, narcissi, daffs, pulmonaria and hellebores in lovely flower and visitors from over the park wall to enliven the bird population around my back plot. For the past fortnight or so a group of reed buntings have been flitting back and forth, posing in the trees and looking for all the world like strongly filtered sparrows, with a longer tail and striking markings! As they’re ground nesters there’s little chance they might choose my plot as an attractive des res, but it’s exciting to see them!

The dead hedges that we’ve installed in the SW wildlife corner near the beehives have been enthusiastically used, but sadly a lot of perennial culinary herb shrubs seem to have found their way onto them. I saw what looked like an entire mature bay shrub dumped, and masses of rosemary. These plants are of such valuable forage use for bees etc and I can only hope that the shrubs on plots have just been strongly pruned, not taken out completely. And some complete idiot has been dumping wood that isn’t cuttings from the plot, more likely unwanted stuff from home or possibly parts of old sheds. Either way, our notices and emails aren’t being observed and the final straw for me was seeing a huge pile of cuttings dumped onto the insect habitat log pile, with it’s notices saying ‘Do Not Put Cuttings Here’ – are people so oblivious or what? Anyway, grrrh!

And another, competitive ‘grrh’ this afternoon – Flora’s pond containing the first clump of frogspawn and meanwhile, nothing still in mine! This was Flora’s frogspawn last year, I’m still hoping that the frogs will return to mine! To end the rant, here’s some lovely bees on flowers – apparently according to recent reseach carried out by the University of Wales, bramble is the topmost flower identified in the pollen of honeybees, so let’s look after our bramble patches!