The Green Heart of Poringland


B-Line Boost at the Lakes

A massive colony of bees has made its home at Poringland Lakes.

Conservationist Peter Aspinall spotted the swarm of honey bees on gorse close the container (pictured below).  The sheer number of bees, estimated to be in their hundreds, will come as manna from heaven for the South Yare Wildlife Group who are attempting to develop a B-Line along the Chet Valley, starting just a stone’s throw of the lakes.

Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees.   The swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees.

Despite its surprise presence, the swarm was professionally removed by local bee-keeper John Henson and transferred to one of his many hives.

“As bee numbers continue to decline, people should be pleased to see swarms of bees,” said Peter.  “Bees are incredibly important.  If they are swarming, they’re creating new colonies and everyone should be happy.”

They certainly caused a buzz at Poringland Lakes.

Solitary Andrena Spotted

The first Andrena of the season has been spotted and photographed by Liz Dack at Poringland Lakes.  

Commonly called the mining bee, Andrena can usually be seen between March and June around potential nesting sites, usually in sandy soil, near or under shrubs which provide protection from heat and frost.  The one spotted at Poringland Lakes was exploring the newly opened sand wall adjacent to Lake Duffield. 

Confirmation of the sightng was made by local expert Tim Strudwick of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society.  Mr Strudwick, is also the county recorder and manager of the RSPB’s Yare reserve. 

There are some 60 species of Andrena mining bees in the UK so it is relatively widespread and common in Britain.