Can you hear it ?
This is number 7 in the further treasures of Hadleigh Country Park.
Hadleigh Country Park gets its name from Hadleigh Castle. It lies between South Benfleet, to the West, and Leigh, to the East. The park consists of a mix of scrub, woodland and grassland hillside running down to grazing marsh and seawall, which is adjacent to a narrow strip of salt marsh. This wide range of habitat provides many places for plants and animals to live. In summer this is one of the best places in Essex to see butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.
The rangers tell me that the best place to park is in the main car-park (N 51º 33·1310' E 00º 35·7245'), however, this is £2 for the day. The car-park closes at various times throughout the year, check before leaving your car. Try the web-site www.hadleighcountrypark.co.uk
Bombus sylvarum or the Shrill carder bee is a national Biodiversity Action plan species (BAP), with nationally important populations in south Essex, including this country park.
The Shrill carder bee is a social bumblebee (lives in small colonies, <100), generally on the ground in small hollows or slightly underground. These nests tend to be found in dense grassland and they often use old vole runs. The bee has the following characteristics; the thorax (chest) is pale greenish yellow with a central band of black hairs, the abdominal (main body) segments have pale fringes at the rear and the tail is orange - pinkish/ red. The colouration is the same for the males, workers and queens. The queens are 18 - 20mm in length, males are 15 - 18 mm in length and workers smaller.
The bumblebees are deft fliers and tend to fly amongst open tall flower-rich grassland at a lower level where forage flowers occur, particularly those containing plants with long flower tubes such as vetches, red clover, dead-nettles, bird's-foot trefoils, black horehound and red bartsia. A wide variety of plant species, flowering at different times, is needed to provide the bee with food supplies from April until September.
One way of detecting the shrill carder is by the sound they make- a high pitched buzz or a shrill. (that is if you are still young and your ears haven’t been abused by loud rock music)
The above co-ordinates are for car-parking only. To get the co-ordinates for this cache you need to solve the puzzle. For some this will be very easy for others it will look impossible to solve.
The cache is at
N51º OR ·(Y+R) (O+Y) (O+R)'
E00º O(Y+Br) ·Br (O+G) (Br+R) '
Please note that these are all letters and not numbers.
The cache is easy to find once you have solved the puzzle. Thanks to Jackplug for the idea.
You are looking for a small camouflaged container, with room only for log and pencil.