July 14, 2010

14th July 2010

I thought I would mention a few things that have come from the bee project.

Firstly Ellen Moseley who works for Warwick Volunteers and keeps this blog for us gave a five minute talk about why bees are in trouble and why they are so important, as part of a course she is doing. She also talked about the meadow and the work that’s being done to engage the local community, schools etc.

Also we had a school in Coventry contact the blog asking for advice on wildflower planting as they had read all about the project in the newspaper.

Wendy and I went up to the meadow again today, sadly to remove the sculpture, as agreed with the Woodland Trust. The guys who made the sculpture said that someone had contacted them about having a sculpture made for their garden!

Whilst in the meadow, we did notice that the flowers are getting stronger due to the bit of rain we have had and there are more and more cornflowers.

We are hoping the University Estates Office will be able to cut the thistles soon, but if not I will go up there with my shears and see what I can do. This is a problem that we need to get under control as soon as possible.

Hopefully you will have all noticed the wonderful wildflower areas on the main campus particularly the Cryfield and Scarman areas. This all helps to support greater biodiversity, as well as making the campus a more interesting
landscape.  The wildflowers and new native hedgerow planting should give a massive boost to wildlife in the area and Tocil Meadow is part of this
widening picture of nature at the University.

And finally, David Chandler was on C&W radio this morning talking about bees.

Ann Loscombe

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