First Aid for bees

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An ailing bumble bee sipping honey and waterFIrst aid for ailing bumble bee: 1 drop honey, 3 drops water, mix and apply to paving just in front of the patient. You can just see his tongue between front and rear leg. This invariably revives them.

Joans Hill Nature Reserve

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A field outing to rural Herefordshire. A walk from Fownhope up to Joans Hill Farm, Plantlife’s  perfectly unimproved hay meadow reserve. A true delight for wildflower lovers. Passing through acres of camomile interplanted with lupins along the way and some gorgeous 25KvA power line poles. And guess the butterfly you lepido types ?? All rounded off with lashings of Hereford Pale Ale.

After Herefordshire, we drove on into north Borsetshire. Here, a couple of miles west of Felpersham, we came to the confluence of the rivers Am and Wye. And a nice pint of Shires in the Darrington Batsman Inn to round off a perfect day.

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Yellow Rattle

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Went back to check on a small colony of Yellow Rattle growing on the roadside near Llanwddyn (Vyrnwy) and which was about to set seed. Alas, the verge cutter beat me and the flowers to it. Not quite locally extinct, but a step in that direction all in the name of tidy verges.

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