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Lockdown is a good time for nature

Wildlife and nature are enjoying lockdown and anecdotally more are out and about while humans have been confined indoors.

Some species are reported to have made a re-appearance after a long absence.An extremely rare bee, once thought to be extinct, has been seen in record numbers

It is the tawny mining bee, thought to be extinct for 88 years in the country.

The bright red-haired insect has been spotted for the first time in counties Tipperary and down since travel restrictions were imposed.

The local Tidy Towns acknowledge that the present situation is good for flora and fauna. A spokesman said anecdotally there has been an increase in insects and bird activity.

The fact that there is less cutting of green areas is thought to help wildlife and some are predicting abundant fruit crops this autumn with greater pollination taking place.

The Tidy Towns are doing their bit for insects with the sewing of wildflower seeds on bare patches along local road sides in the past few weeks. This is to encourage the pollinating of insects.

The arrival of rain, breaking the lovely sunny weather, was timely last week to help the seeds germinate and grow.

Sadly however, the rain brought down the colourful canopy on the cherry blossom trees, creating a white snow like carpet on the ground. All too short is the life of the cherry blossom, whose glory only lasts weeks, but so enriches gardens and the country side

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