30 Days Wild – Day 2 Bees

30 Days Wild

The Wildlife Trusts in the UK has challenged people to go wild throughout June this year. So for the month of June, I am blogging each day about a random act of wildness!

Travelling and wildlife go together. Landscapes, cityscapes and skyscapes all hold an abundance of wildlife to enjoy.  We can often miss the little pockets of wildlife that are all around us, and we pass by every day. So I am enjoying this challenge as a way to stay more present to my surroundings and to notice what wildlife already forms part of my daily life.

Day 2 – Bees along Regent’s Canal

I walk along parts of Regent’s canal almost every day. I find the canal relaxing to be next to, and there is a lot of wildlife and plants along this urban artery.

Today I was on the lookout for bees. It did not take me long to spot them. Wild blackberry bushes are hugging up against the walls along the tow path. And in June they are awash with delicate pink flowers. The flowers in turn act as a pollinator attractor for the bees. Watching bees move from flower to flower with the sacs of pollen collecting on hairy legs is beautiful. I am aware of watching many parts of the cycle of nature at work. The flowers will now be able to produce fruit later in the summer, and the bees will return to the hive or nest to make beeswax and honey.

Look out for bees when you are out and about in an urban environment. On Day 3 I will be looking for wildflowers that bees need to survive in the urban landscape.

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