Last weekend I attended the RSPB Members weekend at York. It was so well organised, lots of interesting speakers and presentations. Every body had a great time and this weekend marked their 125th anniversary. I’ve been a member of the RSPB for many years, they are instrumental in the conservation of our birds both here and worldwide. Recently they have changed their logo which is now ‘give nature a home’ … their ethos has now broadened to protect ecosystems and keystone species within them. Dr Nikki Gammond gave a great presentation on the release of the short haired bumble bee at RSPB Dungeness Kent. a real success story, they are now breeding successfully!
On Saturday afternoon we went birding to Bempton cliffs, a fantastic site for sea birds. We saw gannets, gullimots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and one puffin. Also great arial views of a perigrine falcon with the noist chatter of linnets and corn buntings in the back ground!
Spring is here, my mallard is still on eggs outside my studio door, any day now they will hatch. Today the first swallow arrived back, a sure sign of spring. The busy chatter of swallows has to be my favourite summer sound!
This beautiful and poiniant short cartoon is worth watching, holds an important message for conservation
Lots of bee activity at home, spotted a large red tailed bumble bee queen in the herb garden and much business of solitary bees on a south facing brick wall. Many garden and buff tailed bumble bee queens patrolling the garden for disused rodent holes to make suitaible nests in!