GYBB on phacelia on the Isle of Coll. The phacelia we sowed in gardens on Tiree this spring has begun to flower - I'm looking forward to seeing our GYBBs foraging on it.
The lack of bumblebees encountered over the past few weeks of Tiree's 'drought' was becoming a worry, but after the rain last weekend, we can see an improvement in forage blooms, and an increase in bumblebee activity. Eight great yellow queens were recorded by our survey volunteers at five locations in the last few days. Phew!
Our terrific group of local survey volunteers has grown to 10 this season, plus two visiting surveyors and two or three RSPB volunteers on sabbatical, so the coverage of the island this summer will be excellent, and unprecedented! Thanks again to you all for your valuable contribution to the great yellow's conservation. Go Team GYBB!
Planting out kidney vetch on damaged machair.
Around 190 kidney vetch seedlings that we grew in plug trays from seeds harvested in the wild last autumn, were planted out a three areas of damaged machair at Salum, Caoles and Crossapol over the last week or so. These will help to stabilise and restore the machair, and provide flowers for emerging queen GYBBs next spring. Thanks again to all who participated.
We'll be promoting Tiree's GYBB Project at the Agricultural Show on Friday 20th July, in conjunction with our Hebridean Flower Power project. There will be information about the projects, badges, stickers and a 'guess the number of bumblebees in a jar' competition for children. Do drop by if you get the chance.
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