St Davids is Wales’ first bee-friendly city30th June 2018
St Davids has been announced as Wales first bee-friendly city
Pembrokeshire has been named as the first city in Wales to secure bee-friendly status and it’s causing a buzz!
This is the first citywide accreditation for the Caru Gwenyn/Bee Friendly initiative, a scheme that encourages schools, businesses and communities to help combat the decline of pollinators that are so important to the nation’s ecosystem.
Although St Davids is the smallest city in the UK, it continues to grow in its reputation as the environmental awareness and conservation.
Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the St Davids Peninsula is internationally recognised for its diverse landscape, rich wildlife habitat and rare species of flora and fauna.
Sadly, over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been disappearing internationally, and the reason remains unknown – so the work in St Davids is definitely welcome news!
Known as ‘colony collapse disorder’, billions of honey bees across the world are leaving their hives, never to return. In some regions, up to 90% of bees have sadly disappeared.
Whilst the project in St Davids is great news, there’s still plenty that we can all do to help Wales’ bee population, including planting flowers rich in nectar, such as lavender or bluebells.
Many prominent people from across Wales have been eager to compliment the city on the news, here’s a cross section of opinions!
City mayor Mike Chant said on the project: “I am delighted with our Bee Friendly status and proud of how the community has come together to look after our world-class landscape and wildlife.”
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has given her views: “St Davids becoming the first Bee Friendly city in Wales is a great achievement. Places that are good for pollinators are good for people too.”
Whilst the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, was also very happy to learn of the news:“It’s fantastic news that St Davids has been awarded Bee-friendly status and I’d like to congratulate everyone that’s been involved – a true community effort.
With wildflower habitat, artwork, interactive activities and interpretation, I’m sure it will be popular with visitors and locals and will further enhance Wales’ reputation as an internationally renowned, sustainable wildlife tourism destination.”
If you’d like to learn more about the project then you can contact Sarah Sharpe at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm for more information at the St Davids Pollinator Trail you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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