Dungeness bumblebee fields

14th July 2009, Tuesday

Some of the bumblebee fields on the Dungeness RSPB reserve are awash with flowers this year, providing an excellent source of pollen and nectar.  This field, which was really poor until a couple of years ago is full of red clover, tufted vetch, meadow vetchling and flea bane, and is part of a general trend of fields becoming richer in wild flowers as a result of being allowed to grow a hay crop and set seed over the past few years.  The problem is going to be spotting the bees on our timed walks next week with so much potential forage around for them!