I’ve just got back from a fantastic trip to the far north of the mainland, teaching a Learn to Scythe course in Scotland for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at two sites in Caithness. The Trust has been establishing wildflower meadows to encourage the bees and wanted to learn how to manage the meadow through scything. During our work at Newtonhill near Wick we found an old nest of the moss carder bee.
I was a little bit nervous that there would be little grass to cut or terrible weather to contend with but the wildflower bee meadows were excellent, the sun shone beautifully and I had a great time teaching mowing and how to sharpen and peen a scythe to some lovely volunteers from the area.
Thanks to everyone who took part and made me feel so welcome.