search
Barnsley
Batley
Bedale
Beverley
Bingley
Bradford
Bridlington
Brighouse
Castleford
Catterick Garrison
Cleckheaton
Cottingham
Darlington
Dewsbury
Doncaster
Driffield
Elland
Filey
Goole
Guisborough
Halifax
Harrogate
Hawes
Hebden Bridge
Heckmondwike
Hessle
Holmfirth
Huddersfield
Hull
Ilkley
Keighley
Knaresborough
Knottingley
Leeds
Leyburn
Liversedge
Malton
Mexborough
Middlesborough
Mirfield
Morley
Normanton
Northallerton
Ossett
Otley
Pickering
Pontetfract
Pudsey
Redcar
Richmond
Ripon
Rotherham
Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Scarborough
Selby
Settle
Sheffield
Shipley
Skipton
Sowerby Bridge
Stockton-on-Tees
Tadcaster
Thirsk
Todmorden
Wakefield
Wetherby
Whitby
Yarm
York
Skipton Town Council Makes A B-line To Help Pollinators
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is working with Skipton Town Council to create an exciting new meadow at Middletown Recreation Ground.

The project will see a small area of the green space transformed into a wildflower habitat that will benefit bees, butterflies, hoverflies, beetles, moths and other insects, as well as creating a beautiful area of flowers for local residents to enjoy.

It is part of Bee Together, a programme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players, which aims to work with local communities to create habitats that could help reverse the decline of wild pollinators.

Catherine Mercer, Bee Together Officer at YDMT, said:
“Schemes such as this are vital if we are to reverse the decline in pollinators.

“According to the 2016 State of Nature report, 60% of bees and other pollinators are in decline. They face a wide range of threats, from toxic pesticides to climate change, however one of the most significant reasons for their decline is the loss of wildflower-rich habitats.

“Declining pollinator populations are bad news for wildlife and people, with a third of the food we eat dependent on pollinating insects. If bees are in trouble, so are we.

“This new meadow will not only provide an important habitat for pollinators but bring colour and interest to the area too.

“It also marks the beginning of the development of a town-wide pollinator action plan being drawn up between ourselves, Buglife and the Council that will help manage green spaces for the benefit of pollinators. We hope to see Skipton leading the way in protecting and celebrating our native bees and other pollinators.”

Joel Henderson, Estates Manager at Skipton Town Council, added:
“We’ve lost more than 95% of the UK’s wildflower meadows, making projects like this one really important. The joy of being immersed in a meadow, surrounded by the buzz of bees is a pleasure that is alien to many of our younger generation so we’re really looking forward to bringing this experience to the people of Skipton, while also tackling biodiversity loss.”

Recent research, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, found parks and urban green spaces are important habitats for pollinators with even small patches of allotments and weeds providing sustainable forage for bees and other insects.

'Bee Together’ seeks to create a corridor of these important habitats between Leeds and Lancaster, contributing to a national network of 'B-Lines' mapped by Buglife.

B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns. Buglife are working with a number of partners to restore and create wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones – ideal for pollinators like bees and butterflies and a host of other wildlife.

This B-line crosses the Yorkshire Dales, the Aire Valley and Lancashire and will help pollinators expand into new locations and move from area to area across a network of new habitats.

This project has been generously supported by John Chambers Wildflower Seed, who have donated a custom mix of native wildflower seed to create this meadow and many others.

Skipton Town Council Makes A B-line To Help Pollinators, 2nd September 2019, 17:00 PM