Bugs, Conservation, Meadows, Wildlife

Where do Bloody-nosed beetles get their name?

Bloody-nosed beetles are large black leaf beetles, with rounded bodies and long legs. They are flightless, so often spotted wandering about the countryside in their characteristic slow, what can only be described as a 'plod'.  But what's in the name?

Conservation, Crafts

Dry-stone Walling exam!

The ancient craft of dry stone walling (that is building without mortar) has historically provided a cost-effective method of building field boundaries to manage livestock and improve the fields. These walls are known to last for hundreds of years, providing a unique habitat particularly favoured by Slow-worms - who seem to be found underneath every other stone! Today the walls have formed an important part of landscape heritage, but are often left to ruin due to the loss of this traditional skill...

Bugs, Conservation, Meadows, Wildlife

The only honey-making bee!

Did you know that there is only one species of honeybee in the UK? The Western Honeybee is completely unique amongst 250 species of bees in our country, including 25 types of bumblebee, and many many solitary and mining bee species! So why does this species make honey?