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Wild flowering verges-save our verges, save our pollinators

posted Jul 29, 2018, 6:19 AM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 3:40 AM ]
Yesterday when we had finished at one of our out apiaries we noticed a lot of activity on a small patch of Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) just at the entrance.  With the beekeeping frenzy d
ying down now that the harvest is upon us, and swarming season is over, we took a few minutes to admire our honey bees mingling with wild pollinators on the same plants.  It can't be stressed just how important these verge favouring plants are at this time as the nectar and pollen sources dwindle much earlier this year because of the heat wave and soil moisture deficit. We spotted two species of bumble bee, one species of butterfly, hover fly, our native honey bee and a lady bird.  And that was just in the space of a few minutes.