5th June 2017

Foxes- Down in Sussex, I’ve been lucky enough to watch a family of Foxes with six cubs (more on those tomorrow)- panting with the heat. With such a big family, they have really needed more than just the parents out catching food, which is predominantly the plentiful Rabbits. As here, Fox parents are often helped to provide food by  other family members, including last years’ cubs, not yet mature enough to breed. Conditions:  Sunny periods with heavy rain and strong winds due this evening. Temperature: Max 17- Min 11 c.

Bee Count time: Lupins, where I am staying, are proving a great source of pollen for Buff-tailed Bumblebees- just look at the colour and size of those pollen-baskets. An average pollen basket can contain around a million grains of pollen! Throughout June, Friends of the Earth want people to record Bees in their garden. There is an easy app for a smart-phone, with identification guide -a good way to really look at the variety of bees visiting your garden. Conditions: Sun and cloud with a

Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Buff-tailed Bumblebee

breeze. Temperature: Max 20- Min 10 C.

1st June 2017

Great Tits, like this male this morning, can be seen feeding their newly fledged young all over the UK at present, so keep your eyes peeled. The most studied species of birds in the world, one researcher has calculated that the Great Tit parents feed a nest of fledglings the equivalent of us bringing home 100kg’s of shopping every day for three weeks! The bright, wide gape and mouth helps stimulate the adults to feed the young. Even out of the nest, the young birds are demanding. Conditions: Hot and sunny. Temperature: Max  21- Min 12 ..

Demanding young Great Tit

Male Great Tit responds to the juveniles demands