Part of our #DailyExercise walk takes us through the small Gorgie Dalry Community Park that lies behind one of the local supermarkets. We've never really used that park much in the past, as it is mostly taken up with children's playparks, so we've been fascinated to discover the busy world of bees that lives here.
On Friday 10 April we first saw chocolate mining bees (Andrena scotica) flying into holes in the banks at the side of the footpath through the park
Then on 22 April we saw some tiny little nomad cuckoo bees (Nomada sp).
as the description fits and this species is known to occur in Edinburgh
and known to parasitise Andrena species of bees including Andrena scotica, the chocolate mining bee. There are however other similar species of Nomada bees, so I may be wrong.
Today, we got this photo of both chocolate mining bees and the Nomada bees going into the same hole
Just to complicate things, yesterday we saw a dark edged bee fly in the park.
And if it wasn't for lockdown, we probably would never have realised any of this was going on just round the corner from where we live!
The UK Government is, at the moment, allowing us out for one form of
#DailyExercise once a day in addition to visiting the shops (as
infrequently as possible), travelling to work (for those with essential
jobs that can't be done from home) and medical emergencies including
helping those who are self isolating. In England, the police advice is
that you can drive to a location before walking or jogging as long as
you spend more time exercising than driving, the advice from Police
Scotland however, seems to be that you should not drive to a location to
exercise and should only exercise very locally.