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Muirton's Buzzing!

Muirton’s Buzzing is an exciting project in the north of Perth which has created important habitat for pollinating insects in an area of stalled space

The project site in Muirton, Perth, is currently designated as an area of stalled space. The site has been cleared for a housing development but due to an economic downturn, development has been delayed.

Buglife is working in partnership with the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership and Perth and Kinross Council to create a temporary greenspace. The creation of a colourful and species-rich wildflower meadow has provided a vital food source for pollinating insects as well as providing important habitat for other wildlife.

Meadow at Muirton (c) Suzanne Burgess

Meadow at Muirton (c) Suzanne Burgess

The wildflower meadow has also helped to improve the appearance of the local area within Muirton by adding colour and life providing a healthier environment for local people. The Muirton’s Buzzing project has involved the local community in creating wildlife havens within the surrounding areas of the project site in Muirton.

Wildflower meadow creation

During meadow creation, sub-soil was spread across the area and a diverse wildflower seed mix of known provenance was sown. The seed mix included the annuals Corn marigold (Glebionis segetum), Field forget me not (Myosotis arvensis), the biennials Wild carrot (Daucus carota), Vipers bugloss (Echium vulgare) and the perennials Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) and Field scabious (Knautia arvensis) as well as many other species.

The meadow proved to be very popular with pollinating insects including Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae), Marmalade hoverfly (Epysyrphus balteatus), Buff tailed bee (Bombus terrestris), Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) and Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris).

 Muirton’s Buzzing is funded by the Landfill Communities Fund and SITA Tayside Biodiversity Action Fund.