|The south-facing bank in a nearby churchyard|
|The bee-fly Bombylius major|
|Andrena cineraria - an attractive black and white ground-nesting species|
|Nomada lathburiana showing the yellow spots and bands seen in several species of this genus.|
|Nomada flavoguttata - note the reddish-brown bands on the abdomen, including a pair of tiny yellowish dots (the species name means 'yellow spots').|
|Andrena minutula crawling underneath leaves.|
|Andrena flavipes flying away from its burrow|
So, I hope these observations have reinforced the importance of sunny banks as invertebrate habitat - including for our often-declining, yet essential, populations of pollinators. If you have a little spare space in your garden or another piece of land, why not add a little bank - even a small one will attract invertebrates.
|An insect's-eye view of the bank with A. cineraria flying overhead.|
Baldock, D.W. (2008). Bees of Surrey. Surrey Wildlife Trust, Pirbright.
Kirby, P. (2001). Habitat Management for Invertebrates: a Practical Handbook (revised reprint). RSPB, Sandy.