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Urban Buzz York


Suzanne Burgess

There are some wonderful wildlife habitats and associated species to be found in York. The diverse range of green space throughout the city includes parks, formal gardens, meadows, sport fields, woodlands, school grounds, allotments, river corridors, university campuses, and churchyards. All of these places can provide homes for insect pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hoverflies

.Bumblebee feeding by Millennium Bridge


Through Urban Buzz, communities and landowners in York are able to access training, equipment, and materials to enhance these green spaces for the benefit of pollinators. York residents have also been learning new land management skills to create more habitats suitable for pollinator species and to then monitor their population and fascinating life cycles.Learning about insects on a ‘Pollinator Prowl’


Newly created habitats include wildflower areas at Glen Mosaic Garden and Millennium Bridge, crocus rich verges along Knavesmire Road, carpets of bluebell and snowdrop in the woodlands of Rawcliffe Country Park, and nesting provision for solitary bees in several City of York Council allotment sites.

Glen Mosaic Garden © Chris Ferry

Thank you to all who have been involved in bringing extra colour and wildlife to the green spaces of York. Many more local people are now able to gain the therapeutic benefits of seeing some of the wonders of nature up close.


To read about the first year of Urban Buzz in York click here.

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With Support From:


The Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank Foundation

Mr James Brown
Mr Richard Jones
Ms Alison Reboul

Map Key

  • Type of work carried out
  • Native Wildflower Meadow
  • Formal Planting or Meadow Beds
  • Bee Hotels or Artificial Nests
  • Pollen and Nectar Trees or Shrubs
  • Hedge or Pond
  • Green Roof or Wall
  • Long Grass