Meopham

Bee Walk - Northfield DA3 8EX

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BBCT* SITE NAME:Northfield DA3 8EX.
GRID REF:TQ607664
LOCATION:Hartley/New Ash Green, Kent.
OVERALL LENGTH:1861 m; 10 Sections.
- - - (*BBCT = Bumble Bee Conservation Trust)

(NORTHFIELD DA3, the original 2017 transect with 7 sections, was reconfigured from 2018 on with 10 sections & a different start/finish point, & renamed NORTHFIELD DA3 8EX).

2019 Season

2019 Northfield Bee Walks have initially been scheduled fortnightly on Wednesdays; the aim is to complete ONE survey walk a month; participate in more or less as you prefer. It is an easy flat walk of about a mile. Dates & times are open to revision so it may be possible to adjust to accommodate you. MEET/START AT THE BLACK LION PUBLIC HOUSE & TEA ROOMS. 11.00. If it is raining we shall meet anyway to discuss, study & decide any rescheduling over refreshments.

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Feb 27th: First walk of the season. A sunny 16C, Wind F1. A total of 8 bombus seen, mainly B.Terrestris (4 Queens), 1 B.Hypnorum Queen, 3 unidentified (including 1 queen), & 9 Apis Mellifera workers. Mainly on Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) which was in flower, otherwise foraging in undergrowth. A good start.
Mar 6th: Weather conditions were better earlier in the week, but with early rain, a cloudy, cool 11°C & a poor forecast, we did not expect to see any bumblebees & thought about cancelling. However we welcomed a new member, Pat, & recorded 3 queens, (B.Lucorum, B.terrestris + 1 unidentified in flight). Still little in flower except Prunus cerasifera.
Early 2019: An unusually warm start to the year gave Britain’s warmest Feb on record to date, & bumblebees were seen as early as December 2018.
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Oct 30th: Last walk of the season.

Chris