23 October, 2017

Bumblebees and Biodiversity

Broughton can boast a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), which means it is a wildlife site designated by the district council.

This is Broughton Lane which is an unimproved neutral grassland, full of a range of wildflowers that were once much more common in the area. Notable species include sand leek, clustered bellflower, greater knapweed, and wild marjoram. Of interest is Knapweed broomrape, which is parasitic on the roots of Greater Knapweed.

If the flowers are allowed to bloom they are covered with bumblebees – unfortunately horses tethered on the lane enjoy eating them!

Bumblebees are an easy way for everyone to help with their local wildlife and conservation.

The Ryedale Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) highlights bumblebees as a locally important group of species, about which little local information is available. It is known however that 5 of the 19 British species are dramatically declining, and two species went extinct in recent decades. The Ryedale Biodiversity partnership has therefore trained members of the public to help monitor a number of sites in the district on an annual basis, to build up our knowledge of these important pollinators.

Everyone with a garden can help bumblebees by choosing bumblebee-friendly plants for their gardens.  Find out more by visiting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust  , based at Stirling University.  There are other sites giving advice on bees.

Help is also on hand locally to find more about how to identify bumblebees by contacting North Yorkshire County Council Biodiversity Officer Matthew Millington.   Matt would also to hear from those interested in becoming a bumblebee surveyor.

Either email: Matthew.Millington@northyorks.gov.uk or visit the North Yorkshire County Council website.

The NYCC Biodiversity Officer acts as a first point of contact for the public and interested parties on wildlife advice, ranging from what to do on your own land to how to get involved in conserving biodiversity as an individual or a group. The Biodiversity Officer also chairs the local biodiversity partnerships around the county, including Ryedale, which work to deliver their local Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) and conserve the species and habitats most under threat in the district.

More information can be found at the Ryedale BAP .

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