Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

With us all still stuck indoors, you might be interested in a mini construction project to help some of the UK’s small but extremely important wildlife, bees. There are 267 species of bee in the UK. The honeybee and 25 species of bumblebee are social and live in colonies. For the remaining solitary bees you could make a bee house to provide an ideal location for them to make nests for their larvae. Instructions can be found here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/how-to-build-a-bee-box.

The number of bluebells in the woodlands seems to have exploded and carpeted the ground in places this year. We do welcome people to visit the woods, but during this time of lockdown we are getting many more visitors than usual and this is taking its toll. A reminder that bicycles are only allowed on the concrete Sandlings Walk perimeter track and that the dead hedges (fences made of piled up branches) must not be disturbed as these provide habitats and refuges for many of the woodland’s little critters.
All events remain cancelled due to coronavirus lockdown.

New volunteers of all ages and abilities are always welcome. No experience needed. For further information, please contact us at [email protected], phone 01473 612632, visit our website or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.
Sam Cork, Nature Explorer and Young Volunteer

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