November 2022 - Football playing drones?
The strangely warm weather this Autumn has resulted in many Winter shrubs like Mahonia and Viburnum bodnantense flowering early. This may be good news for pollinators still gathering food to add to their stores, but it makes the threat of a frost more worrying for gardeners. When it gets cold, honeybees can retire to their hive and snuggle down with the thousands of their sisters and enjoy the honey in the combs at any time. Queen bumblebees hibernate alone in a secure niche if they can find one and will only survive if their fur is thick enough and their internal fat store is big enough to keep them ticking over slowly until the Spring.
Adrian Doble (Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteer) November 2022