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Torbay Buzzing

Torbay’s Buzzing Blog January 2017

A lot has been happening with Torbay’s  Buzzing over the Autumn and Winter.

Wildflower meadow creation

Autumn is a great time to sow wildflower meadow areas, so I was very busy arranging for ground preparation at our sites (rotavation of existing grass areas) and then seeding them with wildflower seeds

At Stoodley Knowle, where wildflower areas were seeded in the Spring, the site was managed by the Friends of Stoodley Knowle who organised a   “Rake Off” event, where grass cuttings were removed from the area to reduce nutrient l

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July has been a hive of activity for the Torbay’s Buzzing project

Childrens’  art competition to design a postcard to be attached to wildflower seed packets

We ran an art competition open to all primary schools in Torbay.  This was to design a postcard to be attached to wildflower seed packets to help people create their own patch of wildflower meadow in their gardens.

Sixty-six children took part, from which two winners were chosen. I presented these lucky winners with a large Buglife bee hotel for their school grounds and a family ticket to Paignton Zoo, kindly donated by the Zoo. The winners were as follows: 

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June 2016 Torbay's Buzzing blog

Well, a lot has been happening recently to get Torbay Buzzing!  I’ve been concentrating on getting some pollinator cafes planted up, launching our Torbay’s Buzzing Big Pollinator Survey; and running an art competition for local children to design seed packets.

Crest Bed. Torquay

The Crest Bed was planted with the help of volunteers from Torquay Bowling Club. In the middle of the bed, there are concentric rings of some taller species. &nbs

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The first wildflower meadow in the Torbay’s Buzzing project is sown!

Buglife has created the first “Torbay’s Buzzing" wildflower meadow at Stoodley Knowle, Torquay, with help from Torbay Council and local volunteers from the “Friends of Stoodley Knowle" (FoSK).

Wildflower seeds were sown in three tear-drop shaped areas. These will provide a burst of colour in the summer and more food and habitat for bees, hoverflies, butterflies and other wildlife.

Over the next twelve months th

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