The tour began outside Hadfield station at 11.30 and participants were welcomed and given a safety brief by Joy Hallsworth Chair of FoHS. Neil Williams from FOGS then added his welcome speaking about the origins of the Buzzing Stations project and its star element - the iconic bilberry bumblebee! Using flowers, a tomato and an apple Neil was able to demonstrate the importance of pollination. The group then set off to explore the nearby station gardens where a yellow flowering buddleia was drawing in lots of bumblebees! Time for photos and chat! Moving on to nearby Bankswood Park the group explored habitat surrounding the Bee Wild Glossopdale project where ground has been made ready for a large wild flower meadow. Already wild flowers including clover are in evidence. Bee Wild hope to develop the plot fully next year. ( see Facebook for more details/how to get involved ) Brambles, thistles and rose bay willow herb abound the site so ideal territory for a bumblebee hunt. After an hour the group returned to Hadfield station where Neil gave out Activity Packs generously donated by The Bumblebee Conservation Trust. A most enjoyable occasion! Riordan and Finnan two of the children present impressed everyone with their enthusiasm and conservation knowledge. With help from FoHS they are now planning to create a new wild flower planter for Hadfield Station to attract more bumblebees!
We hope there will be further bumblebee safaris to these locations when possible - dates will be publicised.
We gratefully acknowledge the help and support given to us by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and its Volunteer Coordinator Rhodri Green who inspires everyone with his enthusiasm and knowledge!