3.2 Buzz in the Borders

This project aims to help our native pollinators by offering a range of support to people who would like to garden for wildlife.

Photo courtesy of Jenny Steel low res

Photo courtesy of Jenny Steel

  • Raising awareness of the plight of many of our pollinator species (including honey bees, bumblebees, solitary wasps, hoverflies, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles and moths) and the important role that they play in food production
  • Raising awareness of the issues which threaten our pollinator populations and the factors leading to declines in the number, diversity and geographical ranges of individual species
  • Providing information, resources, activities and events to encourage local people to do more in their own and local spaces to support British pollinators and other wildlife
  • Offering training in wildlife gardening
  • Providing a range of events to promote pollinators and what people can do to help them
  • Providing educational resources to inform people about pollinators

The project set out to raise awareness of the plight of our pollinator species and the important role they play in our food production.

Our final winter talks by Wildlife Gardening Expert, Jenny Steel, is 

Tuesday 6th February, How to make a Wildlife Pond, Snailbeach Village Hall

Walks, talks and visits to wildlife gardens were  organised for members of the public in 2016 and 2017.

Buzz activities, aimed at children, were run in Pontesbury, Stiperstones, Chirbury and Churchstoke Primary Schools, and with a home-education group in 2015 & 2017.

In 2017, Churchstoke Primary School learnt all about pollinators with Buzz in the Borders – take a look at their local explorations https://vimeo.com/224651884

Buzz of the Day, 2015.  In June children from Chirbury, Stiperstones and Pontesbury Primary Schools were on Radio Shropshire each morning with their Buzzes. The Buzzes were the culmination of a series of fun workshops in the schools delivered by local specialists and ourselves.

Buzz in the Borders from SMN film on Vimeo.