We’ve all done it, some of us wish we didn’t, but we all do. That buzzing noise somewhere behind your left ear causes that involuntary freeze and cringe (with optional arm flapping) response followed by trying to see behind your left ear without moving anything.
It took me a while to realise that the loud insistent buzz wasn’t coming from behind my ear but from the Ivy covered tree a few metres away, the whole tree was buzzing. Buzzing with Honey Bees seemingly by the hundred, as well as Hoverflies, Bumblebees, Wasps, Flies and Butterflies (and by night undoubtedly nectaring moths) this flowering Ivy was attracting insects in from miles around.
Ivy often gets an underserved bad press but at this time of year when other nectar sources are scarce it provides much needed late season food for all kinds of insects. It is worth noting any mature Ivy you come across and making an effort to go and see it at this time of year just for the buzz.
Graham Watkeys Taf Fechan Warden