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It was a nice day, so I thought I would go along to my favourite lunchtime venue at Jordans Mill. It is just between Langford and Biggleswade, good parking and the staff are warm and friendly too.
Over the last fortnight a small family group of Canada Geese have made their home on the bank opposite the Cafe decking. There is the male, female and 6 small goslings, which were fluffy a fortnight ago, but they are growing fast and testing their wings out on a regular basis, although they have not completely formed yet.
The parents are protective because a Buzzard or Crow could easily pick a chick up and fly off with it given the opportunity.
We are starting to see many of the late spring and early summer wild life appearing in the garden at Jordans Mill. The butterfly is one of the first joys of spring and varieties that are appearing in the garden now are wonderful.
We can encourage them into our gardens with a large variety of butterfly and bee friendly plants. They eat anything they can dissolved in water and love nectar from flowers, as well as tree sap, dung and rotten fruit; hopefully we do not have too much of the last two!
What’s there not to love about honey! It tastes delicious, has medicinal healing properties and keeps our bees busy pollinating our plants.
This month we are talking to Wally Thrale, our local honey supplier who tells us more about how it all began and shares his success.
Nationals Gardening week is held between the 30th April to the 6th May and was launched seven years ago by the RHS and aims to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.
We will be sharing lots of information on how you can build your own bugs hotel, what to feed our birds and insects, how we can save our butterflies, how you can get the whole family involved and where you can learn more about what we do here at the Mill!