Pledging to help pollinators

The Village Show attracted plenty of ideas …

The Village Show attracted plenty of idea for the parish’s new Pollinator Project – and everyone can probably help in a small way.

The parish has been selected as one of only six places in Hampshire for a project to help some vitally important creatures – and it is hoped that lots of people will want to take part.

Stalls on the recreation ground provided information about bees, butterflies and other vital creatures and the wildlife safaris in the long grass were also very popular.

Detailed maps of the parish attracted lots of interest and, by the end of the Show, there were plenty of red and green blobs showing individual gardens and areas of communal open spaces that might be able to provide more help for pollinators.

Bees, butterflies, moths and beetles are vital for crops and fruit – with experts estimating that over a third of the food that we eat depends on such unsung little pollinators.

People also used the maps to suggest potential ‘corridors’ that might help creatures travel between larger habitat spaces.

These maps could help to identify a network of sites as stepping stones through the village offering food, shelter and safety for bees, birds, bats and other types of wildlife.

Andy Davidson, the County Council’s new Nature Recovery expert, was on hand to provide advice: what he doesn’t know about our countryside, isn’t worth knowing!

Andy produces a series of “Looking after nature” podcasts which are available here.  All are great, but episodes 9, 10, 12 and the moth special are probably most relevant to the project in Buriton.

There is more information in the centre pages of the Parish Magazine or you can contact Petra Norris, Parish Clerk, via 07943 536065 or buritonparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk or use the new ‘Buriton Pollinators’ Facebook and Instagram sites to share ideas, show pictures and learn from others.