A sunny Sunday with the flitting of butterflies, the busy buzzing of bees and the low hum of lawnmowers.
The first really sunny Sunday of the year at least with some warmth in the sun and it would seem that everyone has rediscovered their gardens. The forgotten patch out the back of the house that a was sodden mud bath over pretty much all of the winter.
In truth we re-discovered our garden today in terms of starting to do something with it this year having somewhat of a tidy up of items that had been 'stored' in the garden which in reality meant items waiting for the tip.
The tip turned out to be a hive of activity mainly around the green waste skips with cuttings galore being deposited there. We as wildlife rescuers always worry when we see the signs of this kind of work being carried out as inevitably wildlife will be forgotten in some instances. Our early year admissions attest to this with the vast majority being strimmer & mower lacerations or puncture wounds & fractures from garden forks and spades.
If you are out in the garden please be careful, a few minutes spent checking can save an animal from injury or possibly death. Also those cuttings can provide habitat in the form of a log or brash pile, so if you can please consider keeping some them, providing habitat for wildlife.
The garden (post skip run) proved to be full of life. Comma, Peacock & Tortoiseshell Butterflies flitted over the herb garden alighting now and then on the Rosemary & Sage, but just fleetingly enough in the slight breeze and fairly feeble warmth of the sun to in the main defy having their photograph taken. The Rosemary in flower was a hum with bees and dotted with the red of ladybirds, every step on the grass sent up small insects.
The natural world is rejuvenating; the air smells different, the dormant wildlife is returning and before we know it our resident Pipistrelle Bats will be dipping and diving around the garden and the Swifts & Swallows will return with their aerial acrobatics.