Local action for bees!
People are taking action for bees and other wild pollinators all over the UK. Here are just two examples
Avon Wildlife Trust gets Bristol buzzing
In Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust is urging residents to Get Bristol Buzzing with simple, but impactful actions to help pollinating insects, such as planting for pollinators and letting garden patches grow wild.
In 2016, volunteers helped create beautiful pollinator habitat in the middle of the city, as part of the My Wild Cathedral initiative, scooping a Bees’ Needs award. In the same year, the city council created or improved more than three acres of pollinator friendly habitats all across Bristol
Get Bristol Buzzing project is part of the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy, uniting individuals and organisations to work towards joint goals for bees and other pollinators
Watch their great short film on why bees and other pollinating insects are so important
If you’re in Bristol, get involved! Tell them about your Get Bristol Buzzing activities and they’ll publish them on the My Wild City map.
Sarah Thorp, an Avon Wildlife Trust’s My Wild City volunteer, has filled planters outside her shop Room 212 in Bristol with pollinator-friendly plants. Her Eco House (behind the shop) has a green roof and courtyard garden which are also planted specially to benefit wild bees
Beeing aware in Scotland
One community gardening group in Scotland has gone the extra mile for bees as part of their wildlife and conversation focus.
In the village of East Haven on the eastern Scottish coast, near Dundee, volunteers have planted nectar-rich borders and wildflower ‘patches’ to attract bees and other pollinators throughout the village. They have also worked together to create upcycled bee homes and a bug hotel to tempt solitary and wild bees to settle in.
The group has taken on the Bee Diverse campaign run by Beautiful Scotland – the Scottish extension of RHS Britain in Bloom – and sought the support of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Following workshops with experts at BBCT, volunteers have new confidence in spotting and recording different species, and now hold monthly bee walks in the warmer months. Last year, recorded six different species of bee last year, adding their findings on the OPAL citizen science platform, Polli:Nation.
How are you helping bees? Spread the buzz
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