The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for gardens that are buzzing with industrious bumblebees in a bid to understand what species are making their home in the area and increase their population.
Made possible thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumbrian Water, Nectarworks is a four-year project that aims to restore and create flower-rich habitats for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
“A world without bees is bleak”
Mandy Oliver, a Community Project Officer from the AONB Partnership, said: “A world without bees would be very bleak indeed. Most of our everyday fruit and vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots, raspberries and strawberries, depend on bees and other pollinators.
“Flowers rely on bees to pollinate them and enable them to set seed. In turn, bees depend upon flowers to provide the nectar and pollen on which they feed. Wildflowers and bumblebees are of immense importance to us all as they are intimately bound to the production of our own food.”
To improve the prospects for increased pollination, Mandy and a team of volunteers have been surveying gardens in and around the North Pennines since 2014.
“We want to survey your garden”
Mandy said: “We’ve done 120 surveys in two years and all the feedback we’ve had is very positive. It’s been a good spring so far so hopefully 2016 will be even better. No matter what size your garden is we want to hear from people. We recently carried out a survey in a very small garden in Barnard Castle and we found six different species, size doesn’t matter.”
To have your garden surveyed by one of our Nectarworks volunteers please contact Mandy Oliver on 01388 528801 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Released: 17 June 2016