Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bees: Zika insecticide threat, harvesting mason bees cocoons & pollinator garden plans

Bees: Zika insecticide threat, harvesting mason bees cocoons & pollinator garden plans

1. A recent aerial spraying of mosquito repellent, meant to keep the Zika virus at bay, has left millions of bees dead in South Carolina — and many professional bee keepers in devastation.

zika insecticide threatens bees

2. On October 8 at 10 a.m., Billie Bevers, Washington State University Master Gardener, will present a workshop on how to harvest mason bees cocoons. During the spring and summer other bees, diseases and parasites can invade mason bee nests.  A hands on class.
learn to evaluate mason bees cocoons

3. A storm-damaged area of Loren Thompson Park will soon see new life with the planting of a pollinator garden.

Crow Wing County Master Gardener Ken Lueken was brought on to develop a design and select plants that will attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The planned garden will consist of native prairie grasses, hedges and flowering plants, along with pathways, patio pavers, benches and interpretive signage.

baxter city council buffet bees pollinator garden


bees, biodiversity, conservation, gardens,

1 comment :

  1. #biodiversity addition: Cheshire watersports centre

    Adventure Lakes has submitted a full planning application to Cheshire East Council to build a new leisure destination on a 53.5-acre site, which comprises two lakes at the former Mere Farm Quarry in Nether Alderley.

    The applicant wants to convert the northern lake into a wakeboarding park and aerial ropes course, while the southern lake would be used for kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming.

    The planned scheme also involves building a reception, changing facilities, a café, a car park and other facilities.

    This proposal represents a resubmission with amends of an earlier application that was originally submitted in March 2016. In unprecedented circumstances, the initial application was presented to the council's planning board on three separate occasions.

    In July, the planning committee decided against the application by five votes to four after the scheme was recommended for refusal by planning officers, but the applicant and its supporters were prevented from speaking at the meeting by an administrative error from the council.

    As such, it was agreed that the application would be reheard.

    Then in August, members resolved to approve the application by six votes to five.

    Alongside all of the benefits that are agreed to emanate from the application scheme, which remain as per the original application, this application also offers up a comprehensive suite of further biodiversity enhancements.

    The proposed biodiversity measures include establishing two new islands within the southern lake, creating two sand martin bank colonies on the southern lake, delivering wildflower meadows around the lakes, fitting bird deflectors to the anchor cables on the northern lake and brightly coloured cable carriers at 80-metre intervals on the main cable to reduce the potential for birdstrikes, planting reed beds, ensuring that a large proportion of the southern lake is free from activity at all times, closing the southern lake completely between 15 October and 15 March annually, and erecting 55 metres of species-rich hedgerow.


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