Scotland’s Buzzing is an exciting project that is promoting the importance of local greenspace for pollinating insects to school children, community gardens, landowners and others.
Our pollinators are under a significant amount of pressure across the UK due to the loss of habitat and other factors. There is also a lack of understanding of the importance of the role pollinators play in ensuring a healthy environment. Areas of local greenspace, when managed appropriately, often act as important ‘stepping stones’ allowing the movement and mixing of individuals and species across an area. Well managed areas of local greenspace are known to play an important role in maintaining healthy populations of pollinators in urban areas.
Areas of local greenspace are important for people too! The use of outdoor space for learning and exercise by children and adults has a number of known benefits to our health and well being.
The Scotland’s Buzzing schools programme is taking children out of the classroom to their local area of green space. Schools across Scotland are taking part in this project. During the sessions there are a number of fun and engaging activities for pupils to learn about pollinators and the habitats they require. By providing advice and support to teachers, this exciting project is encouraging schools to continue the use of their local greenspace for outdoor learning and exercise.
This project is also working with community gardens to train volunteers on how to identify and monitor pollinators, running training workshops on an introduction to different pollinators and running workshops for landowners on how to create and manage wildflower and grassland meadows.
If you would like to get involved in the Scotland’s Buzzing project please contact us at [email protected] or 01786447504.