With the launch of new bee partnership Get Calderdale Buzzing, upper valley residents now have the opportunity to help save our bees – and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies – who do so much essential work for us, pollinating many of our food crops and wildflowers.
Loss of wildflower-rich meadows has contributed to a decline in over two thirds of UK pollinators, including many species of bees and bumblebees.
This is why a large group of organisations including Calderdale Council Countryside Service, Friends of the Earth, Buglife, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Halifax Scientific Society, Bee Friendly Collective of Todmorden, Upper Calderdale Wildlife Network and Calderdale Sustainability Forum have joined together to create Get Calderdale Buzzing!
And they want others to join the partnership. Central to their work is the designation of a ‘B-Line’ across Calderdale, a connected corridor of improved habitat on either side of the River Calder as part of the UK-wide B-Lines Initiative being developed by wildlife charity, Buglife.
One young person who needed no invitation is Jack Daniel Anderson-Martin (or JD as he’s known) of Hebden Bridge who hit the headlines in 2012 when at the age of seven he became Britain’s youngest qualified beekeeper. His first task has been to sign up his own school, Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, to become the first school in the new Calderdale B-Line to take part in the project.
Buglife will be helping children develop their own pollinator improvement plan to make the school site more ‘bee friendly’, and then provide some funding to help make it a reality. It’s hoped that other Calderdale schools will be able to learn from their work and then take up the challenge.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “Bees need all the help we can give them. We will be reviewing our management of parks and open spaces and looking for opportunities to create habitats for bees.”