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This week Derek is joined by Richard Collins and Niall Hatch and they are joined by director of the national botanic gardens, Dr Matthew Jebb who talks about the Hawthorn. They are also joined by Professor Francis Ratnieks from the University of Sussex who tells us about why some plant species are dominated by bumble bees and others by honest bees.
This is a blackbird 'singing in the rain' on then rooftop of Derek’s neighbours house. This really bad picture was taken by Derek. Even he admits that it’s a terrible photograph but it is definitely a blackbird.
Birds Singing in the Rain
Derek, Niall & Richard discuss bird song and why it is that some birds like 'singing on the rain' while others keep a low profile. The Blackbird and the Mistle Thrush are two notables.
Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) bathes in shallow water with autumn leaves - Photo Getty
The Hawthorn Tree
Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) - Photo Getty
Dr Matthew Jebb, director of the national botanic gardens sings the praises of the Hawthorn tree also known as the May tree because its flowers bloom from early May to late June in Ireland. Specimens of the Hawthorn can be found in throughout the country as it's one of most abundant native species.
Bees and Plants
Close-up of bee on purple flower - Photo Getty
Professor Francis Ratnieks from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex tells us about research into foraging bees and discloses why some plant species are dominated by bumble bees and others by honest bees.