We are developing a multi-partner project that aims to restore viable populations of some of the UK’s rarest insects living along the South Devon coast between Berry Head and Wembury, including the last known colony of the Six-banded nomad bee. This, together with several other invertebrate species, faces imminent extinction unless action is taken.
Saving these species and giving them a safer long-term future means expanding and reconnecting the traditional coastal landscapes on which they depend, creating more flower-rich fields and highway verges, carefully managed scrub mosaics, strategic hedgerow connections, and more wildlife-friendly parks, churchyards, school grounds and private gardens. The result will be a coastline, and its connected hinterland, that is buzzing with wildlife, packed with wildflowers and a treat for the eye for residents and visitors alike.
The project will the support and engage of the whole community, from landowners and farmers to parish councils and school children, providing opportunities for everyone to get involved and make a real difference for these extraordinary and highly vulnerable species. Focusing on the survival of these flagship species and the expansion of the habitats on which they depend.
the programme will build collective pride in the unique South Devon coastal landscape as well as boosting its attraction for visitors and developing new opportunities for people living in nearby urban areas to get involved. Through this programme, those who help bring about the rescue of Britain’s rarest bee and allied species will gain valuable new skills and local connections, along with a deep sense of achievement.
It aims to provide habitat management advice and support farmers in the six key biodiversity hotspot locations to secure the right conditions for the flagship species and ensure these are sustained in the long term.
It will create sites that can provide locally-sourced wildflower seed, develop Parish Pollinator Plans, training workshops and community events, a digital LotE toolkit together with online learning / engagement resources available to residents, schools and visitors. It will Involve groups from urban communities, that rarely visit the countryside, in recreational and educational visits, in arts projects, and in surveying and practical conservation work whilst creating opportunities for older and isolated people in rural communities to get involved and improve their wellbeing and social connections.
Local tourist providers will help us to build awareness amongst visitors, ensure that the LotE project helps strengthen the brand of the South Devon AONB and attract new audiences to the area.
To find out more please contact Adam Davison [email protected]