Get Devon Buzzing is all about raising awareness for the importance of pollinators like bees, wasps, hoverflies and butterflies, and taking positive action to conserve them!

This year, we are excited to announce our Build for Bees competition, with some events (TBA) throughout the summer to encourage people to take positive action for pollinators.

Build for Bees Competition – great prizes!

 

This year, we are encouraging everyone across Devon to enter the ‘Build for Bees’ competition by building the best bug hotel to provide vital habitats for pollinators. We want to see some creative, big and well designed hotels!

Categories (only Devon entries accepted):

  • Schools / other education providers
  • Community groups
  • Individuals / families

Prizes include:

  • Exclusive guided tour of Goren Farm,
  • Year-long subscription to British Wildlife Magazine
  • Membership to:
    • The Devon Wildlife Trust
    • The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
    • Buglife
  • Wildflower seed packs
  • and much more!

To Enter-  send a pic of you bug hotel via social media using #BuildforBees and #GetDevonBuzzing  or send to tom.whitlock@devon.gov.uk

Deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017

Many thanks to Defra (for their Pollinator Grant), Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust,  Goren Farm and NHBS, the Natural History Book Service for sponsoring the Build for Bees competition! If you would also like to sponsor the competition, please contact tom.whitlock@devon.gov.uk.


Sign the Pollinator’s Pledge

Thank you to over 500 people who have pledged to date!

Please sign up below and commit to taking at least one of the actions:

  • Plant bee-friendly flowers to provide nectar and pollen.
  • Create and protect meadows and other areas rich in wild flowers. 
  • Don’t be too tidy. Leave areas to grow wild and build a ‘bug hotel’ in your garden.
  • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides. Only use them if absolutely necessary.
  • Join up and learn more!

By signing up you will receive our pollinators’ newsletters with updates on the  campaign and information about Devon Pollinators’ Pledge activities.

We won’t share your email with anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time. You  will also have the option to join the LNP Forum and receive  other information on our activities for nature in Devon.

We would like to proudly add you to our Devon Pollinator Pledgers list so please indicate your consent for us to do that in the form above.


More information

 

Useful resources – Look through and learn about how to help pollinators.

Partner Projects – Read about ongoing work, helping to conserve pollinators across Devon.

Volunteer – Find out how you can get inovlved by working with some of our partners.

View our archive – See what we got up to for Get Devon Buzzing in 2016

Help spread the word – please help to promote the Build for Bees competition by printing off and distributing our Poster and Competition Flyer or email tom.whitlock@devon.gov.uk for more information

If you would like to help this campaign by contributing a case study, volunteering at events over the summer or giving a talk on pollinators please contact tom.whitlock@devon.gov.uk