For more info contact: beesbugs@sustainablesouthbrent.org.uk

The UK ranks 191 out of 218 countries for Biodiversity Intactness (State of Nature Report 2016). It’s not just rare species that are in trouble, the abundance of common species are falling. Nature needs our help and this project will pool the resources, knowledge, land and labour in the Parish of South Brent to come to the rescue.

 

What will we do?

Wildflower meadow

On the grass verge along Exeter Road opposite the play park, we have sown a native wildflower meadow with members of the community including the Primary School. We have used a local mix of annual and perennial wildflowers and will create a traditional hay meadow. This display will provide a colourful welcome to drivers entering the village and will serve as an advert for the project.

 

Wildflower meadow preparation day 16th February 2019

 

This is what the site looked like in July 2019

 

Traditional orchard

We have launched a new project to create an orchard under sown with native wildflowers on land at South Brent Health Centre. We will recreate a traditional orchard using local fruit tree varieties, local wildflower seed and by training the local community in traditional management methods – pruning, scything, pressing. The orchard will be known as ‘An apple a day’ orchard’ and we will work with the Doctor’s to record health outcomes for participants. The Doctor’s will signpost the project to patients where appropriate. Whilst the proposed orchard is on private land, it will be accessible to members of the public outside of surgery hours (after 6pm on weekdays, after 12 noon on Saturdays and all day Sunday). The Doctor’s have indicated that they are very happy for us to create a traditional orchard at this location.

 

Orchard planting day 16th February 2019

This is what the site looked like in July 2019

 

Tuesday 27th August – ‘A few of the group practised the traditional art of scything the wildflowers in the Health Centre Orchard (aka the Apple a Day Orchard). Wildflower seeds were harvested to use on other sites and the green hay was composted’

 

Data

Citizen science. We will set up a simple monitoring programme to establish baseline diversity and abundance records for a few key insect indicator species and then monitor progress through the project period.

 

Sharing resources and knowledge

We will capacity build a network of mentors who have sufficient knowledge and confidence to provide advice to other landowners/householders who may wish to create wildflower meadows at home from window boxes to meadows.

 

Communication

People will be encouraged to take photos and report sightings. Photos will be posted on the Sustainable South Brent facebook page. An annual report summarising the impact the project has had will be produced.

 

Skills and Learning

Ongoing traditional management of the habitats, increased knowledge in the community of local environmental issues, ongoing identification workshops/bug hunts, wild flower seed collection and cultivation, fruit tree grafting/pruning sessions.

 

Partners

  • Kew Gardens
  • South Brent Health Centre
  • Devon County Council
  • South Brent Parish Council
  • Brent Birders
  • Brent Island Trust
  • South Brent Primary
  • Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Orchard Link
  • Moor Meadows

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Past Events › Brent Bees Bugs & Butterflies (4Bs)

June 2019

Wildflower Identification Workshops

6 June @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
St Petrocs Churchyard South Brent, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Wildflower Identification Workshops with expert botanist Hannah Gibbons. SSB’s 4Bs project (Brent Bees Bugs & Butterflies) has teamed up with Moor Meadows to hold two Identification workshops (Wild Flowers on 6 June and Insects on 18 June). Locations and times are the same on each day: 10am -12:30pm – Holy Trinity Churchyard, Buckfastleigh 1.30 – 4pm – St Petroc’s, South Brent Ancient churchyards are home to many species of wildflowers and some rare plants. Attend this session and you’ll leave…

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Insect Identification Workshops

18 June @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
St Petrocs Churchyard South Brent, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Insect Identification Workshops with Dartmoor naturalist John Walters. SSB’s 4Bs project (Brent Bees Bugs & Butterflies) has teamed up with Moor Meadows to hold two Identification workshops (Wild Flowers on 6 June and Insects on 18 June). Locations and times are the same on each day: 10am -12:30pm – Holy Trinity Churchyard, Buckfastleigh 1.30 – 4pm – St Petroc’s, South Brent On this workshop you’ll spend a relaxed few hours outdoors with John Walters identifying the insects that live in…

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August 2019

Seed Harvesting for Brent Bees Bugs and Butterflies

17 August @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apple a Day Orchard (Health Centre) South Brent, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Jeremy Sabel says "The weather gods have promised me that it will be dry tomorrow so please come and join me for some seed harvesting in the Apple a Day Orchard (Health Centre) at 2pm." "Seed harvesting is a really fun/mindful activity. Nature is prolific yet buying seeds can be expensive. We will harvest as many seeds as possible with a view to sowing more again this winter at the orchard and in other locations across the parish. Bring scissors…

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Scything Workshop in the ‘Apple a Day’ orchard at the Health Centre

27 August @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Apple a Day Orchard (Health Centre) South Brent, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

Tuesday 27 August 2019: Scything Workshop at 6pm in the new ‘Apple a Day’ orchard at South Brent Health Centre. Join Jeremy Sabel, Harry Jennings and Mike Ingram for an evening of scything. No previous experience necessary. Children will only be allowed to observe. No dogs please. Bring shears, sickles, scythes, rakes and dumpy bags if you have them. There may also be more wildflower seeds to harvest for sowing next season, so bring paper bags and scissors if you…

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September 2019

‘Life on the Verge’ – how to create and manage wildlife-friendly verges, parks and gardens

12 September @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Buckfastleigh Town Hall, 34, Bossell Road
Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ10 0DD United Kingdom
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‘Life on the Verge’ at 6.30pm in Buckfastleigh Town Hall. A talk by Donna Cox (Moor Meadows) and John Walters (Devon based naturalist, ecologist artist and wild life champion) on how to create and manage wildlife-friendly verges, parks and gardens.      

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‘Dancing with Bees’ – the Secret world of wild bees and other pollinators – two talks

14 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ashburton Community Arts Centre South Brent, Devon United Kingdom + Google Map

‘Dancing with Bees’ – A journey back to nature and the secret world of wild bees and other pollinators - at 7.30pm in Ashburton Arts Centre. Two fascinating talks by Brigit Strawbridge Howard (bee advocate, wildlife gardener and author) and John Walters (Devon based naturalist, ecologist artist and wildlife champion). Did you know that some solitary nesting bees lay their eggs in empty snail shells? Or that cuckoo bees make other bees take care of their eggs? Or that certain…

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