Biodiversity boosts our ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. Here at Manor Walks, we feel we are responsible for the conservation of individual species of plants and animals, the preservation of their habitats and the natural processes that sustain them. That’s why we are continually looking at sites around the centre to protect and conserve nature.
We are developing the bee population through training with the National beekeeper’s association which has allowed us to install hives for honey bees on site. Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for more updates and we’ll show you the importance of pollinators and their worth to the ecosystem.
What can you do to help bees in your garden:
- Become a pollinator champ. Create a pollinator-friendly garden by planting colourful flowers and growing single petal plants.
- Know your weeds. Think about the bees before pulling out any weeds – some weeds are great sources of pollen and nectar for hardworking bees gathering their late food sources before winter comes.
- Support local. By buying local raw honey, you support local beekeepers and their bees, and consequently the environmental health of your town or city, as well as your own health.
- Avoid all pesticides and chemicals in your garden.
- Don’t swot the swarm. Swarming is a natural process that occurs when colonies of bees have outgrown their hive. Bees in a swarm are gentle and present very little danger but can be made aggressive if disturbed or sprayed with water.