As documented in my last column, we are self-isolating at household so I have taken this as an possibility to definitely examine my backyard garden wildlife in element and record all that I uncover. By last Monday I experienced found in excess of 100 species, largely birds and bugs but a few other surprises also.
Most not likely to be observed was a smooth newt coming out of hibernation from an previous pile of home bricks, a excellent uncover, as was seeing a common shrew trundle across our rockery in advance of disappearing down a gap in concerning two granite stones. Each have been the very first time these experienced been recorded right here.
A shut examine of the bugs produced a sequence of difficult-to-recognize hoverfly and bee species, but with tolerance and a constant hand, photographs have been managed and identification was achievable. The splendidly-named chocolate mining bee was