Getting busy for the bees

PUBLISHED: 06:59 03 August 2015

A bee collects lavender pollen from a garden in Axminster. Picture CHRIS CARSON

A bee collects lavender pollen from a garden in Axminster. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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Plans to create a wildlife-friendly garden at Seaton Wetlands

East Devon got busy during the recent Devon Pollinator Week by making green spaces irresistible to bees and other insects.

Street scene parks and gardens teams have sown wildflower meadows in several towns including Seaton - bringing colour to the streets and nectar for pollinating insects.

And at Seaton Wetlands, the countryside team is about to embark on the creation of a wildlife-friendly garden. The area known as Stafford Marsh, where thousands of school children visit each year to undertake field studies, already has a pond, compost heaps, log piles and bug hotels.

Recycled materials will be used to create raised flowerbeds, full of native flowers that will prove irresistible to bees, butterflies and moths.

This project will complement work already carried out on nature reserves across East Devon - including the heathland at Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve, near Axminster. Here grazing is a vital component in getting the management right for the flowers that the pollinators love so much.

Said a spokesman: “The message is simple - our planet cannot survive without the small things in this world.”

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