Boosting bees in Knowsley
21 February 2011
An initiative to create ‘bee-spoke’ homes for an endangered
species has been launched in Knowsley.
Knowsley’s Green Space Ranger service is running sessions in
parks across the borough aimed at encouraging nature lovers of all
ages to create ‘bee-houses’ to boost the local bee population.
One of the first events was at Huyton Lane Wetlands when locals
of all ages – including seven-year-old Daisy Swift - used canes,
reeds and straws to create simple structures which will hopefully
attract solitary female bees ready to lay their eggs.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Leisure,
Community and Culture said: “Bees are extremely important to our
environment as they pollinate many of the crops we depend on. Now
25% of our native bees are listed as endangered species, so finding
nest sites has become crucially important for our bee
“This initiative is important as it encourages nature lovers to
take an interest in their environment as well as giving the bees a