Its been a great year for bees along the Mayflower line.  Below is the bee nester update, which has helped to show that both red mason and leaf cutter bees have used the nesters.

This year we also put bee nesters up at five stations along the Sunshine Coast line, however the bees have only nested at one station which is Wivenhoe.

The nesters are stored over the winter and put out again in April for the bees to hatch.

Location

Last Observation

Comment

Harwich Town

Platform

30/08/15

Front was off the release tube from sometime in May when it became empty.   Therefore not known how many of the 11 cells from 2014 emerged.

1 tube capped, 3 tubes capped at about half way, 1 tube with something and 2 holes in the wood partially filled.  Nester brought in 30/8/15, best guess at present is that all are Red Masons.

Harwich Town

Garden

30/08/15

8 of 11 Leaf Cutters from 2014 have emerged. 2 cells are missing possibly devoured by earwigs – as at 2/8/15 when release tube was brought in.

Nester showed no signs of activity when brought in 30/8/15.

Dovercourt

30/8/15

Earlier vandalism, removal of the nester, didn’t help.  Nester found in the garden and replaced 19/7/21.

Nester showed no signs of activity when brought in 30/8/15.

Wrabness

Platform

1/9/15

1 capped tube, Red Mason as at 13/7/15.

Nester showed no additional signs of activity when brought in 1/9/15.

Wrabness

Station garden

1/9/15

No evidence of activity when nester brought in 1/9/15.

Mistley

 

Nester vandalised

Manningtree

 

Nester broken but now replaced ready for next year

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