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Wanted – New Homes for Bees

January 23, 2018 9:32 AM

Urban Buzz, the national charity campaigning for more bees and other insects in towns and cities, are urging Ipswich residents to tell them of underused or derelict spaces that can be used for growing nectar -rich wild flowers to encourage greater numbers . Recent plantings have been carried out at various Ipswich sites including the Dales, Sidegate Lane School and Maidenhall Allotments. David Dowding of Urban Buzz told Central Area councillors "We have worked with ActivLives to clear away rank grass and plant flower strips which have greatly increased bio-diversity." If anyone knows of possible areas, please contact Lib Dem councillors inga.lockington@ipswich.gov.uk or oliver.holmes@ipswich.gov.uk

As Oliver says "I planted more flowering plants in my garden last year and they really attracted huge numbers of bees and butterflies. With more monoculture on farms, perhaps urban areas can provide a better habitat than the countryside today."

More details on https://www.buglife.org.uk/urban-buzz-ipswich

Bee on dahlia (Martin Brown)