The Green Heart of Poringland


Solitary Andrena Spotted

The first Andrena of the season has been spotted and photographed by Liz Dack at Poringland Lakes.  

Commonly called the mining bee, Andrena can usually be seen between March and June around potential nesting sites, usually in sandy soil, near or under shrubs which provide protection from heat and frost.  The one spotted at Poringland Lakes was exploring the newly opened sand wall adjacent to Lake Duffield. 

Confirmation of the sightng was made by local expert Tim Strudwick of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists’ Society.  Mr Strudwick, is also the county recorder and manager of the RSPB’s Yare reserve. 

There are some 60 species of Andrena mining bees in the UK so it is relatively widespread and common in Britain.