Spread the Buzz!

Tuesday 19th September 2023

Two primary schools in Sandfields, Neath Port Talbot have been working with Buglife Cymru and Local Artist Tom Maloney to create a helpful guide book to raise awareness of how B-Lines can help to reverse the decline in bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Over the past three years, invertebrate conservation charity Buglife Cymru have been delivering the Neath Port Talbot B-Lines project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Project has worked closely with communities, local organisations, and schools in Neath Port Talbot to create and restore 40 hectares of pollinator-friendly pathways called B-Lines.

The NPT B-Lines project is part of Buglife’s national B-lines programme aiming to re-connect our landscape to enable pollinators and other wildlife to move freely, and support nature’s recovery.

As part of the project, local Artist Tom Maloney has been working with schools across Neath Port Talbot to raise awareness of pollinators and their needs. Over 1000 children have taken part in interactive pollinator workshops and two schools, Ysgol Rhosafan and Sandfields Primary School created artwork which has featured in our B-Lines animations and our new Top Tips for Pollinators book.

This book is a young people’s guide to pollinators and their habitats, including our top ten easy things you can do to help pollinators in your school grounds and beyond.

Copies of the book are being sent to each school in Neath Port Talbot and are also being made available as a free download for children, schools and parents in English and in Welsh.

Commenting on the project, Conservation Officer, Emily Shaw said: “We hope this little guide will inspire schools and local communities to continue the fantastic legacy that has been created for pollinators in Neath Port Talbot. We hope you enjoy reading and sharing this as much as we did creating it- spread the buzz!”.

Commenting on the project, artist Tom Maloney said: “This is a lovely little book, with great ideas about how we can all play our part in protecting pollinators and it is so important because these small, beautiful insects do so much for us!

For more information on the project, please visit our Neath Port Talbot B-Lines project page.