Posted: 26/09/2012 at 22:25
Hi Kate, I do agree about the blackbirds, ours had at least three broods, the garden seemed to be full of them! The sparrows and starlings also did well, each having two broods. At one point I counted 21 baby starlings splashing about bathing in the little pool at the top of our small waterfall, with lots more waiting their turn and squabbling in the nearby tree!But it hasnt been such a happy year for butterflies. Despite having butterfly friendly plants like Buddleia, I have only spotted one Peacock and a couple of cabbage whites all year. Bees were also scarce until recently, when the warm spell in August brought them back. The comfrey and lavender were popular with them, also our large Chinese Bee tree, which has just flowered, and attracts all kinds of insects. Worried about the absence of bats this year too, maybe through the lack of flying insects earlier in the year? Wish vine weevil were affected by the rotten weather, but sadly not! Back to the Nematodes!