Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blaze of colour


This field, at Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast, has been sown with wild and nectar rich flowers, as part of a wonderful EU Environmental Stewardship scheme to boost bumblebee numbers and to provide food for game birds like partridges.

Most of the colour that can be seen now is due to red campion and the blue-flowered Phacelia, but the colours will change through the season as other species come into flower.




























Click here for pictures of a similar planting, with different species and on a smaller scale, in Norfolk.

5 comments:

  1. field of wildflowers - perfect - flowers in gardens mostly poor captives, not free like these.

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  2. Brilliant idea - I hope the bees come to make full use of the planting.

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    1. It was humming with insects. Saw several partridges in amongst it too...

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  3. What happens after we leave the EU? I am so afraid of what might happen when we do so.

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    1. I imagine it will depend on whether our own government continues to fund projects like this, because farmers will no longer be eligible for EU funding. I'm not optimistic.

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