More bees followed the first one out of the Lodge and carried out the same procedure before flying off and, sure enough, after about 20 minutes started returning laden with pollen. At first the bees were unsure how to re-enter the Lodge but eventually discovered that by pushing the lip on one of the two corners of the cover, they could gain entry. Thereafter they did this automatically each time they returned to the Lodge.
The live colony is contained in a clear plastic case that fits inside the Lodge, and enables the bees and nest to be seen when the Lodge cover is raised. When it first arrived the nest only occupied a small part of the case but within a short time it covered the whole of the case, indicating everything was working as it should. This was to be expected in view of the close availability of pollen from the flowers in the meadow and our garden.
The disappointment about the Brown Hairstreak is that I have not yet been able to find any eggs on the Blackthorn during the winter, despite marking the appropriate parts of the hedge when I trimmed it in the autumn to show me where to look, and carrying out several diligent searches in January and February. Perhaps I will be luckier in 2017?
I have seen lots of insects, spiders and other invertebrate in the meadow that I have never seen before and have derived a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in trying to photograph and identify them. I will put pictures of those I have identified on an ‘Insects’ web-page in the ‘Wild Life’ sub-menu of this website in due course, but in the meantime here are some pictures of some of the insects I have yet to identify. If you can identify any of them, please let me know (email@example.com) - thanks.
Gay Street Weather was set up at the beginning of 2014 to record the weather in the hamlet of Gay Street, near Pulborough, West Sussex, between the villages of Nutbourne and West Chiltington. The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus (with UV and solar radiation sensors) set up on 14 August 2016 in a meadow adjacent to our house (pictured left) and updates to the Internet 24/7. It has the Daytime Fan-assisted Radiation Shield kit installed to help reduce the effects of daytime radiation and increase the accuracy of the temperature and humidity readings. The unit is installed five feet above ground on a seven feet mast with the anenometer at the top, eight feet above ground (close-up pictured right).
The secondary station is the Fine-Offset WH3080 set up on 7 January 2014, also in the meadow, between the Davis station and my house. The sensors and anenometer are on a five feet mast (pictured top far right) and the rainfall gauge on the ground.
Cumulus software is used with a wind speed multiplier of 1.316 to equate readings to the 10 metres high standard, and barometric pressure readings are adjusted to sea level.
Gay Street Weather also reports to the UK Meteorological Office’s Weather Observations Website (WOW). The Meteorolog-cal Office is helping to co-ordinate the growth of the weather observing community in the UK, by asking anyone to submit the observations they are taking. This can be done using all levels of equipment either manually or automatically for users who own a compatible Automatic Weather Station (AWS) like Gay Street Weather.
Gay Street Weather also reports to the Weather Underground (Wunderground) Personal Weather Stations [PWS] network). It is the world’s largest PWS network with over 30,000 active stations world-wide, and still growing.
The new Davis VP2 Plus station in the foreground to the right of the house. A close-up of it is on the right of this web page.
Davis VP2 Plus.
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