Peter Halford posted an update 2 years, 6 months ago
I went to the CFE Farm Walk at Holbeam Wood, Wallcrouch today. It was a well organised talk/walk with speakers from Natural England, The Campaign for the Farmed Environment, and The Wildlife and Game Conservation Trust, as well as the Farm owner. The emphasis is certainly not Honey Bees, but all pollinators from bees to dormice. In fact it was pointed out that, although honey bees are very important pollinators, there is only one species of honey bee in the UK whereas there are over 20 species of bumblebee and over 200 species of solitary bee, not to mention the hoverflies, butterflies, moths, birds, mice etc etc. That said, it was an extremely informative afternoon, especially if you are interested in planting and maintaining land in a way to attract pollinators. It was really aimed at farmers and so there was a certain amount of content regarding grants for helping landowners in their economical/ecological management.
Well worth attending and I came away with many new ideas and views (not least in my regard to ivy on trees – it’s good – not bad!)