Early sightings of bumblebees usually mark the arrival of warmer days to follow.
The bumblebee comes out of hibernation in Spring and, on cold days, when it might be just a few degrees warmer than freezing, these big, beautiful garden visitors may be a little lethargic as they navigate their heavy, furry bodies.
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Their fur helps keep them warm and they can detach their wings from their wing muscles to use internally to warm themselves up enough to create energy to fly off in search of nectar. Once they've built up their warmth and, become more nimble, off they will travel, to explore the garden and local environment for a suitable nesting place.
This warmer Spring month should also herald some visits from a fluttering Yellow Brimstone butterfly or two!
The male Brimstone is the more noticeable, with its bright and cheerful yellow colouring, whereas the female has pale chalky green or yellow-white wings. Having hibernated over winter, they are some of the first butterflies to appear when the warm Spring weather arrives and they certainly seem to be a sign of hope in the wildlife or kitchen garden, and all that waits to blossom in it.
Things to do this month, in the wildlife garden, centre around replenishing food and water supplies for the various wildlife that visits and resides in and around the garden.
Birds are busy building their nests and, with a little extra nutritious food and regular supply of clean drinking and bathing water, young chicks might be just a few weeks away!