Sunday, 5 June 2011

New Bs

A rather damp walk for Environment Sunday around the Sandbach Environment Trail was certainly not dampening for nature observers. At least three of a new species of bee for the trail, the Tree Bumblebee, were spotted. First arrived in the UK in 2001 and the first new bumblebee in the UK for 150 years, this species (brown back, black body, white tail) has arrived due to global warming. Also spotted were, at Point No. 10, the first plant of the scarce Common Birdsfoot (picture) seen on the Trail for three years, as well as the very first Common Spotted Orchids at Waterworks Farm and lots of lovely summer flowers, although no Garden Warbler singing at the pond today. But even when people aren't watching because of the weather, Creation goes on creating surprises!  - George