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The Buzz on Bees

bee panels (6)_PM EDIT

The Hidden Gardens commissioned artist Lucy Payne to design some new interpretation panels all about bees. The panels are located in some of the most bee-centric areas of the Gardens: the White Wall Border, the Mint Border, the Herb Border and the Floral Meadow. Have a look for them next time you are in the Gardens!
You can also find pictures of the panels in our flickr album.



Name that bee!

150709 What bee is this

Pop quiz! What kind of bee is this?

A: Common Carder
B: Buff-tailed Bumblebee
C: Honey bee

The answer is…D! Not a bee! This is a ‘Merodon equestris’, a species of hoverfly. Like many other hoverflies, it has evolved to look like a stinging insect as a defence mechanism.

Isn’t nature fascinating?

Life, uh, finds a way

This is a photo taken by The Hidden Gardens’ Director, Amanda, at her allotment. Can you guess what this is?

This photo is taken through a hole in the gate where the bolt goes. There’s a little space under the bolt, and in the space, there’s a blue tit nest! The little yellow squares are the little baby blue tits peep-peeping away.

AP baby blue tits

Ah, they’re a bit bigger now. We can kind of see these are birds, but…

momma blue tit AP

…here’s the photo that proves it! A mama blue tit glaring up at you. Good catch, Amanda!

Moth survey at the Gardens

A few nights ago Richard Weddle from Glasgow Natural History Society visited the Hidden Gardens again to set up his overnight moth trap. It was a beautiful night, but maybe too clear as we didn’t get that many moths the next day. Quality rather than quantity though, resulting in this beautiful golden Barred Yellow moth.

Barred Yellow_June_2014

And he did uncover a couple of Broad-leaved Helleborine plants – a rather uninteresting-looking orchid (some may say) that is actually quite common in Glasgow along woodland edges, and even in some domestic gardens, but we’re very happy it has decided to make a home here in The Hidden Gardens.

Also, another successful year for the blue tits nesting in one of our bird boxes as they fledged last week.


Wildlife Activities

bee at the herb border

Last week we had a staff training session about the Wildlife Activities Andrea and Paula have been developing. I’m in the Gardens most days, but I rarely slow down enough to really see the Gardens.

My favourite activity was to notice the smells of different plants. The lemon balm (which I mistook for mint…) smelt so fresh. I try to notice the developing smells and colours of the Gardens each day as a result. I hope everyone can experience the Gardens at their own pace, too.

Many of the plants smelt beautiful. Sadly not all flowers smell nice, as I found out after shoving my face into a plant with a bit too much vigour.


Fantastic Mr Fox visits the Gardens

Please excuse the grainy shot - it was taken with a mobile phone, not a still from a horror movie
Please excuse the grainy shot – it was taken with a mobile phone, not a still from a horror movie

Fox cub in the meadow –I watched a beautiful young cub in the Gardens yesterday evening, cautiously stepping onto the lawn, then dancing around in the meadow; a gift from the Gardens in the evening time.

He’s been spotted in the Gardens a few times. Let us know if you see him!