North Cornwall B-Lines – Creating Pathways for Pollinators

Field scabious (Knautia Arvensis) © Laura Larkin

Our North Cornwall B-Lines project is working with local landowners and communities to help threatened bee species by creating or enhancing 20 hectares of flower-rich habitat along the North Cornwall coast.

We are creating and restoring areas of flower-rich habitat, which will form stepping-stones for wildlife, enabling pollinating insects to colonise new areas and help to ensure the future of several threatened bee species. Habitat work will be targeted to help species such as the Large Scabious Mining Bee (Andrena hattorfiana), the Brown-banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis) and the Buff-banded Mining Bee (Andrena simillima).

The project’s work focusses in three keys areas of the North Cornwall B-Line, including around Hayle and The Towans, Perranporth and Cubert, and Trevose and Polzeath. Along the wider North Cornwall B-Line we will also run workshops and one-to-one site visits to help people enhance their farms, gardens or businesses to create more places for pollinators.

If you live in one of our key areas and would like to support our project and create a wildflower area in your garden, please meet us at one of our events and collect a mini meadow kit to sow at home. More information about how to create your mini meadow can be found under Downloads on the top right hand side of this webpage. Please make sure you share your wonderful work with us and add your wildflower area to our B-Lines map.

If you’d like to get involved in the project there will be opportunities at our talks, workshops, and survey days. We are also working with schools and local communities to introduce them to the threatened bee species they share their local area with, and encourage people to take action to aid nature’s recovery.

We’ve created an education pack for primary schools which can be found under Downloads on the top right of this page. It contains resources and activities for both key stage one and key stage two to teach pupils more about Cornwall’s beautiful bees and why and how they can help look after them. The pack is designed to be self-led so can be used by any school, anywhere. Please do share this with any teachers in Cornwall and together we can make a real difference and ensure that these bee populations survive into the future!

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Large Scabious Mining Bee (Andrena hattorfiana) © Will Hawkes

North Cornwall B-Lines is funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

 

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