Lakeland park creates a buzz as bees log in
Guests at an Ambleside holiday caravan park in the Lake District are being asked to keep their eyes open for more than 7,000 extra visitors winging their way to its grounds this year.Skelwith Fold’s new arrivals will be ‘solitary bees’, a species said by nature bodies to be under serious threat.
An imaginative habitation project has seen the park create thousands of tiny timber tunnels bored in hardwood logs which are now positioned in piles throughout its 130 acres.
The 7,000 tunnels provide perfect homes in which solitary bees can make cells of nests for their larvae.
With the bees keeping busy until late autumn, the hope is that, using Twitter, park guests walking its woodland trails will report back on sightings which will confirm their nesting activity.
Research into the declining bee population suggests that Skelwith Fold holds three trump cards which favour it as a honeypot destination for the insects:
- A great diversity of wild flowers.
- A tarn which yields a ready supply of mud needed by solitary bees as plaster to wall-up the cells in which they have left eggs and food.
- A no-go zone for pesticides and insecticides of the type often blamed for bee loss.