After nearly two years, Buglife’s Urban Buzz Bristol project has come to an end after working with local community groups to bring bees, beetles and butterflies into the heart of Bristol and smashing all of its targets!
Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of 3,073 volunteers, 108 Buzzing Hotspots were enhanced for pollinators with wildflowers, bug-friendly garden plants, flowering shrubs, nesting habitat and a host of other work. Urban Buzz Bristol worked in high profile locations such as Southmead Hospital, universities, and Eastville Park and with partners including Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol Water- all working together to bring colour and wildlife back to our parks and open spaces.
Buglife is also pleased to announce that the joint winners of the Best Buzzing Hotspot for Bristol are Bristol City Council, The Westbury-On-Trym Society and Sustainable Westbury for their work at Canford Park. The Runner Up was awarded to Dame Emily Park Project & Bristol City Council for their work at Dame Emily Park.
Nationally the Urban Buzz projects enhanced over 325ha across 956 Buzzing Hotspots with the help of over 12,000 volunteers, across Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth, St Austell, Truro, Wadebridge and York.
Hayley Herridge, Urban Buzz Bristol Officer commented, “The Urban Buzz project has been a fantastic community effort making a real difference for our precious pollinators. It’s heartening that at a time of widespread insect declines around the world, the people of Bristol have banded together to bring colour and wildlife back to their parks and open spaces! Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers, partners and funders”.
Gillian French, Head of Grants, Biffa Award said: “At a time when our natural world is in decline projects like this one couldn’t be more vital. It is fantastic to be able to support Urban Buzz and exciting to watch the work going from strength to strength. Brand new habitats are being created for pollinators and we can’t wait to see the impact this will have on local wildlife.”
Urban Buzz Bristol was made possible thanks to the generous support of Biffa Award, People’s Postcode Lottery, Garfield Weston Foundation and Bunzl.