Welsh Black buddies
And also from Jo so very amorous pheasant buddies – or are they lining up for a territorial contest?
Hawthorn – May blossom
Following the wonderful display of blackthorn featured last month, we now have an equally splendid display of hawthorn – or may as it is known, starting as it does in that month. The History page looks at its historic and magical background. Here are a couple more of your pictures – from Caro (left) and Ian. As you can see here, and from our hedges, Hawthorn comes in white and pink – sometimes on the same tree – no wonder our ancestors thought it was magical!
Seven ways to go wild (and help your health)
A new book out by Lucy McRobert tells us just this – she encourages families to head outdoors. Here are some of her ideas:
- Find a rainbow.
- Hear a buzzard mew.
- Do a two minute beach clean – that is a good one for round here!
- Create a hedgehog highway – and Gerrit Forrester has done just that:
Can you spot it? His interest in hedgehogs started last year when he found one in his neighbour’s garden that was obviously poorly and undernourished. He provided it with a hedgehog house, stocked with straw and provided food and water. And here it is, out of hibernation for the summer, foraging in his garden.
Well done Gerrit!
- Tread carefully around toads and toadlets which will be leaving their homes en masse soon.
- Follow a bumble bee as it buzzes around your garden; map which flowers are their favourites and how far they travel to find them. See the sidebar for honeybees that can grasp the concept of numbers!
- Bioblitz your garden: This is when someone intensively surveys an area over a short time (say an hour), to see how many species live there (see also the Countryfile survey noted in the sidebar).
Some of your nature photographs
First we have a butterfly spotted by Gerrit sheltering from the wind near the Lookout, and also from him, a black headed gull he found in the New Forrest (not very near Rhoscolyn or the sea!):
And from Caro, young ravens ready to fledge, and fledged: