Tonight I watched a programme on the collapse of the Honey Bee ,and as we all know the Honey Bee is in a serious decline, with the threat of extinction of the wild species in this country. This is due to several factors such as the Verroa Mite, insecticides, pollution and the way they are exploited. I guess an indicator to the state of the environment
Back in the spring I was playing around in the garden photographing the Bees foraging on my Cotoneaster, and they love it. Recently I photographed the berries, the product of the Honey Bees Work. The last is a photo I took in the winter of a Black Cap Feeding from the bush. The Berries are loved by the Thrush family, and I was fortunate enough to have had three Waxwings feeding on the same bush a few years ago.
Anyway the moral of this story is, look after your Bees. Please click on the images to enlarge
male Hen Harrier - one from a few weeks back that I had overlooked as they were pretty poor -- a brief fly by at Manby Flashes - the only male I have seen this winter
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