Checking In At the Insect Hotel and the Cosy Bird House
As a keen supporter of wildlife, I was impressed with the insect hotels I saw recently on our visit to the National Trust kitchen garden at Packwood House, featured in my last post. I particularly like insect hotels because at the same time as providing a shelter and nesting area for insects in your garden, you also have a piece of sculpture to look at.
A closer look at this one shows a happy bee checking things out.
We have a small one tucked away in a sheltered area of our garden and although I've never witnessed any creatures going in and out of it, the tubes do seem to get blocked up so obviously it does have residents who make use of it and seal themselves in, so its nice to know its being used ...
I found this one particularly delightful (again, National Trust kitchen garden) but it would probably need to be located somewhere fairly sheltered to remain weatherproof during the winter months
Also in our garden, we have a bird nesting box which must have done wonders for the blue tit population in our area as it seems to be permanently busy in the spring time.
I tried to capture some photos this evening of the parents flying in and out to feed their hungry family but unfortunately all of my pics came out a bit blurred as I couldn't get too close and the birds were very fast ...
|Returning with a grub / some grub|
|About to deliver the grub|
|Off to find some more|