Insect pollinators now have much more suitable habitat across York thanks to Urban Buzz. The project started in late 2015 with some challenging targets to meet. The people of this historic city have been nothing short of incredible in their dedication to the cause. They have improved the habitat value at 134 locations around York enhancing a total of 38 hectares. Overall, a magnificent 2,229 people have contributed their time and energy to Urban Buzz York giving a total of 6,514 hours to the creation of pollinator habitat.
Cllr Ann Reid, Interim Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism., said “The council is really pleased to have been involved in the Urban Buzz project which has increased the value of many greenspaces in York for pollinators and other wildlife. The project has also provided benefits to local people through training and learning opportunities. There is a strong interest in the natural environment in York and this project has helped to further raise public awareness of how important pollinators are.”
Andrew Cutts, Urban Buzz project officer, said “I am extremely proud to have been a part of Urban Buzz York. We have achieved some fantastic results working together with local people and City of York Council. Across York there are now more fruit trees, native wildflowers, spring bulbs, and areas brimming with colour. Pollinating insects can visit the flowers for nectar and pollen while residents and visitors to York will be able to enjoy the blooming plants for many years to come.”
Keep an eye, and ear, out for the sights and sounds of pollinators this summer. Please do share your findings with friends, family, and feel free to send images of pollinators visiting flowers to Andrew at Buglife. Hopefully, you will witness a range of bees, butterflies, beetles, and hoverflies at the newly established Buzzing Hotspots. When you do see an insect visiting a flower think about the service it is providing free of charge in the way of pollination. A healthier and more robust population of pollinators means greater potential for many of our tastier food crops to be pollinated including apples, tomatoes, currants, and strawberries.
Andrew continues “Habitat has been created at both York universities, several schools, in many of the city parks, and in several residential areas. I hope you are able to get out amongst the flowers and wildlife and enjoy your local patch. Urban Buzz has now moved on to Leeds, however should you wish to volunteer at any of the York sites do contact City of York Council or St Nicks Environment Centre for further information. Thank you to all who have contributed to this innovative project and made it such a success.”