For several years now, I've found it's not unusual to find a lost or exhausted honeybee and have to try to resuscitate it - this one's sipping a drop of honey I put on a flower for it. It gives me such a kick when they fly off purposefully.
The Wildlife Trusts' Action for Insects booklet is full of ideas you can work on now to help insects next summer. It's downloadable here, one of two ideas for helping insects from the RHS in this month's Wild about Gardens bulletin.
The other is that is a good time to be planting hedges, so why not forget the yew and the box and try some from a list of the 'ten great choices of native flowering and fruiting shrubs for hedging.'
Photo: Avocets (Izzy Fry)
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