Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens.
It is Bees’ Needs Week from 8th to 14th July 2019 and whether you are a farmer, a gardener or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.
There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:
Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees – our mature and exotic plants give long flowering periods for bees and insects.
Let your garden grow wild – we have wildflower meadows located throughout our campuses to encourage biodiversity.
Cut your grass less often – we ensure refuge strips are left uncut along campus watercourses to encourage wildlife.
Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots – we practise sympathetic maintenance regimes and have installed bug hotels and insect palaces throughout our campuses.
Think carefully about whether to use pesticides – we use Integrated Pest Management to minimise the use of pesticides.
Working in partnership with Devon County Council, the University has upgraded the public right of way footpath through the Lowern Hoopern and Taddiforde Valley that connects the Prince of Wales Road with the cycle path on the opposite side of the valley.
Below are the before works, during works and completed works photos – what a difference!
The University of Exeter Streatham and St Luke’s Campuses, fields and woodland areas contain over 10,000 mature trees managed by the Grounds Team and we are keen to show the amazing benefits of these magnificent trees.
We recently undertook another i-tree survey of our trees, which converts measurements such as tree height, girth and canopy spread into an economic value of the natural benefits they provide.
Using some of the results from this updated survey, we have produced new wooden tree information signs which will replace the existing ones on campus.
Keep an eye out for these new signs which are displayed on trees around the grounds.