bees needs


11th – 19th July 2015


Organised by Buglife with support from Devon County Council, Goren Farm, Devon Wildlife Trust, Defra and many others.

We are all aware that without pollinators we are in big trouble and that we need to play our part in supporting our bees, hoverflies, butterflies and wasps (yes, even the wasps!).

To inspire action across Devon Buglife and Devon County Council are working with a  range of  Natural Devon Partners to organise a series of events and information supporting the national 2015 Pollinator Awareness Week.  To share stories & ideas or  promote any events you are holding please email


Events linked to Devon Pollinator Week

Goren Farm Open Day – Saturday 11th July  10 – 5pm
Learn more about the Goren Farm wildflower meadows with the Julian Pady the owner, and about butterflies with the Blackdown Hills AONB team.
£3 entry fee (goes to National Garden Scheme charities.  Children and students free.

Stretching over 70 acres, Goren Farm has the largest selection of protected meadows in the Blackdown Hills area. The fields are incredibly species-rich and therefore providing an important habitat for birds and other wildlife. At this time of year many of the species are going to seed as well as later varieties in flower. On hot days you will see lots of insects buzzing in the meadows. Paths are cut through the meadows for easy access with great views and relaxation areas. Lunches and Refreshments available on the lawn overlooking the Haha from 10-5pm. All entrance fees go towards the NGS Cancer charities, children free. Guided Walks start at 10:30am and 2:30pm on weekends and last between 1-2 hours and will identify many species and talk about meadow management by the farmer. Dogs on leads, Disabled access, Cost £3, children free, Booking Not Essential Location: EX14 9EN, Goren Farm: follow signs from Stockland hill television mast at Ridge Cross. ST232023


bughunt (c) BuglifeWild About Plymouth Big Bug Hunt – Saturday 11th July 11am – 1pm
Join Buglife and Plymouth Museum to search for bees, beetles, crickets, butterflies and spiders.

Ford Park Cemetery is steeped in history and is a 34.5 acre urban wildlife refuge and home to a wide variety of plant, bird and insect life just waiting to be found.

Come along and see what you can discover. Our team of experts will be on hand to help you identify your finds.

FREE EVENT!  Click here for more information and a map.


Life in a hay meadow. Saturday 11th July, 10.30am – 1pm
Explore the hidden world of traditional hay meadows at Deer Park Farm nestled in the beautiful Teign Valley. Find out about hay meadow management and their hidden life – search for butterflies, day flying moths, grasshoppers, crickets and more, guidance on hand.

John Walters – naturalist, author, artist and TV star will be there on the day!

Booking essential: email or 01626 821966.

Suggested donation £3   Chudleigh SX854812


Plant survey and Bug Hunt – Saturday 11th July 10am – 4pm
Join Devon Wildlife Trust to discover the plants and insects that live at St Andrew’s Wood.


Wembury Wildlife Wander – Saturday 11th July 1-3pm
Join Devon Wildlife Trust on a wildlife themed guided walk for families.


Culm in High Summer – Tuesday 14th July 7-9pm
Join Devon Wildlife Trust at their Meshaw nature reserve.


BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION on DARTMOOR – Friday 17th July  12 – 3pmdartmoor butterfly
Free talk and workshop hosted by the Dartmoor Conservation Garden, sited behind the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown

12 pm “Dartmoor’s Threatened Butterflies & Practical Conservation” talk (1 hr with questions) with slides in the meeting room upstairs in the Old Duchy Hotel, beside the Visitor Centre.

2 pm  “Practical Butterfly Identification” workshop (1 hr) for everyone, with guidance on how to identify our local Dartmoor butterflies, both common and rarer species. Information will be given on taking part in the nation’s Big Butterfly Count.

Supported by the Dartmoor National Park Authority’s “Your Dartmoor Fund” and the Dartmoor Preservation Association.


Bombus lapidarius (c) Rory Dimond

Bombus lapidarius (c) Rory Dimond

B-Lines Bug Hunt at East Soar – Saturday 18th July 1pm – 3pm

Join Buglife, South Devon AONB and the National Trust for a fun afternoon hunting through the fields at East Soar for bugs! We will also make use of the new pond dipping platform and look for creatures in the water.


Click here for more information and a map.


Riverside Ramble – Saturday 18th July 2pm
Join Devon Wildlife Trust at their Halsdon nature reserve on a riverside ramble for flowers, butterflies, and other insects.


Orchids and Haymeadows – Sunday 19th July 2pm
Discover Dartmoor orchids and hay meadows on a 3 hour guided walk with Sue Goodfellow at Brimpts Farm.
Meet:  Dartmeet car park
Contact:  Sue Goodfellow – 01647 252743



butterfliesBeaford Arts will be working with two schools during National Pollination Week to promote learning about the environment through art. No butterflies will be harmed in the making of this project, but 100 KS2 children will be given the knowledge and seeds to support local butterflies living in North Devon’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Each child will see their hard work join others in an origami butterfly installation at Learn Devon’s ‘Bideford Art Centre’ as part of the ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ Culture Show run by Bideford Bay Creatives. Artist and Arts Education Leader for Beaford Arts, Caroline Preston, will also be following the example set by the Eden Project as she takes origami butterflies to Hampton Court Palace for The Handmade Fair. If you want to get involved contact or visit to learn more about Beaford Arts.


Helping Devon’s Pollinators

There are lots of projects that are helping Devon’s pollinators, from surveys of rare species, to managing nature reserves and creating new wildflower-rich habitats in the countryside and our urban areas.  Here are some links to projects in the county:

South West Bees Project: Buglife have been working with others to survey, monitor, map and conserve Devon’s most threatened bees. Click here for more information.

South Devon B-Lines: The South Devon B-Lines Project is a partnership between Buglife and South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is part of the wider B-Lines initiative, identifying and then developing a UK-wide network of wildflower-rich meadows and grasslands. Click here for more information.

Plymouth’s Buzzing! In partnership with Plymouth City Council, Buglife has involved local schools and communities in conserving bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects at sites across the City.  Click here for more information.


And here are some things that YOU can do to help Devon’s pollinators:

How you can give bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects food and a home in your garden .
Creating a meadow full of colour and the sounds of summer is a simple way to bring people together to do something that will make a real difference to our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other wildlife.


More links and information:

The Bees Needs Campaign

5 simple actions for pollinators – how you can help bees and other pollinating insects.

Plants for pollinators (list from the Royal Horticultural Society)

The Solitary Bees – a fascinating film about the UK’s solitary bees

Campaign for the Farmed Environment – Pollinators (advice and videos)

Dartmoor hay meadows

How To Attract More Bees To Your Garden (And Why It’s So Important) – Claire Mitchell









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