Get Devon Buzzing – Pollinator Month

Our last pollinator month was held in July 2016 to raise awareness for the importance of our native pollinators. The month saw a whole range of events, a photo competition and the launch of the pollinator pledge. All to help Devon’s window boxes, gardens, allotments, orchards, parks and fields become as pollinator-friendly as possible.

In 2017 the pollinator month returned, this time with a #Buildforbees campaign encouraging people to make homes for pollinators in local green spaces. You can see the entries below.

Pollinators Photograph Competition

A huge congratulations to Rose Tabberer for winning 1st place in the pollinator photo competition with this beautiful photograph taken at Mount Edgcombe country park!

Winning image of the bee approaching a foxglove

Secondly congratulations also goes to Jez Winship who was awarded 2nd place and to our five runners up: Fiona Wood, Jo King, Dave Chamberlain, Lucien Harris and Steven Falk

Lucien Harris image of a fly on a flower
Lucien Harris
Image of a bee from behind flying over knapweed flowers
Jo King
Image of a bee on a flower
Jez Winship
Image of a bumblebee on a flower
Fiona Wood
bee on a sunflower
Dave Chaberlain
Longhorn bee on a flower
Steve Falk

Finally, thank you to the Natural History Book ServiceDraycotts Jewellers and Goren Farm for sponsoring our competition

Draycotts logonhbs logo

Build for bees campaign

#BuildForBees

A huge thank you to all who entered and took part! The competition has been all about getting people across Devon to provide crucial habitats for pollinators, many of which are in serious decline, by building creative and well designed bug hotels! Even though the competition is over, there are still lots you can do to help pollinators in your back gardens and local areas. Share what you are doing to benefit pollinators with us on social media by using #GetDevonBuzzing

Congratulations to the first place winners of the three categories:

Best individual build – Niquita Potter (East Budleigh):Picture of a bee house, pallet filled with sticks

Best community group build – Friends of the Byes (Sidmouth):

Two teepee community insect hotels

Best school build – Bishops Nympton primary school (South Molton):

stacks of pallets to create a bug hotel

Well done to our two runners up; Ebon Seldon Green from Great Torrington and the Honiton beehive community gardeners!

hexagon shaped insect hotel

Many thanks to Defra (for their Pollinator Grant), BuglifeBumblebee Conservation TrustDevon Wildlife Trust,  Goren Farm and NHBS, the Natural History Book Service for sponsoring the Build for Bees competition!