BEES have received a grant from Big Lottery Fund to expand its current education wildlife programme. The project is called Wildlife Wanders and will offer practical maintenance skills training, walks, activities and species identification in the local environment. Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and a greater understanding of conservation and the environment. The programme will be discussed at the User Forum on Friday and as dates are arranged will be published on the website.
Contact Nick at BEES for more information.
After the task today we are holding a USER FORUM to discuss funding the situation, as well as a new summer project called Wildlife Wanders and a potential Residential. Please try and attend as this is your opportunity to discuss the issues.
We have been requested to visit the orchard and cut the grass. This will allow the community association to use the site for apple themed activities and is an excellent opportunity to revisit the site and see how well the trees are growing.
** Depart at 9.30am YMCA Building, please let us know if you wish to attend **
Raquel's last cakeOn Friday, we said a farewell to Raquel. Raquel has been a volunteer with us for the past 10 months. She joined us as part of the Everything's Possible programme and quickly established herself as a core member of our team. Raquel worked on all aspects of BEES projects often putting in more time than was required. She got on well with everybody at the YMCA and will be remembered fondly. Raquel also specialised in cakes and no occassion went by without a themed cake, not least her own last day with a beaming Cheshire cat Thank you cake. We would like to express our thanks to Raquel and wish her well for the future.
We are running a series of short sessions on introduce people to local wildlife sites. This is an opportunity to enjoy and learn more about flowers, birds and insects at local wildlife sites.
The events, listed in the attachment below, are aimed at anyone with an interest in wildlife – you might be a complete beginner and just starting to explore local wildlife or you may already be an experienced naturalist wanting to enhance your skills and enjoy the habitats in the company of others.
On Saturday 22nd May there was a celebration event to make the refurbishment of Roberts Park in Saltaire.
BEES were invited to attend, and as this coincided with International Day of Biodiversity so we choose to do offer activities that got people talking about wildlife. People made bird and butterfly masks and insect finger puppets. We also offered people the chance to sow (in our recycled tetrapak pots) some wildflower seeds to grow at home. The seed mix included corncockle, poppy, corn marigold and cornflower.
If you attended the event but didn't receive the instruction sheet you can download it from the attachment below.
Visitors also contributed to the construction of bird and bat boxes which will be put up in the park later in the year.
Lister Park Eco Day was held on 5th June, World Environment Day. This event was organised by Bradford West Area Committee. It was another hot day that attracted a crowd into the park to join in the activities. People were encouraged to make environmental pledges, they received free lighbulbs and other goodies and once again we offered wildlife craft and planting activities.
On Sunday 9th May a group of volunteers assisted at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Heron Day at Bretton Lakes.
This is the one day of the year the Wildlife Trust have access to this reserve and they enabled 1,100 people to enjoy the spectacle of the young herons. There are approximately 60 nests on the two islands on the lakes. The young herons, although only 6-8 weeks old are almost fully grown, but have not yet fledged so create quite a show. The chicks can last longer between meals so the adults are catching food further afield. They do not feed in the lake at this stage - saving this for when the chicks leave the nest and are learning to fish for them themselves.
We ran craft activities, making fingerpuppets and 'herons on sticks'. We also collected some plant materials and used these to create large temporary pictures and sculptures. Everyone one was very imaginative - have a look in the gallery at some of the creations.
Come and enjoy the orchard's blossom spectacle. The day will include tours of the orchard and a chance to find out more about fruit growing. There will also be information about creating habitats for insects - with a particular focus on bees - essential as pollinators for the fruit trees and so many other food crops.
Visitors will be invited to enjoy light refreshments and join in with art activities as well as practical activities to create insect homes. If you come for the day please bring a picnic.
BEES has an opportunity for a placement volunteer to work with us for 3 days a week starting in May and lasting 8 weeks. This will involve the construction of steps at a new site to us and will provide access to an outdoor classroom for a school.