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Liverpool residents launch Bumblebee Haven Project
Wildflower gardens are tempting bees across Liverpool

A group of volunteers from Woolton Village have launched the Liverpool Bumblebee Haven Project in response to the nationwide decline of bees.

The pioneering project aims to create two wildflower sites at Croxteth Hall and Country Park and Woolton Woods.

Peter Eustance from the scheme says "Bumblebees have reduced by 95% over the past two decades.

"We believe that what's causing this is the poor natural diet and the loss of natural habitat."

The residents will measure the success of the project through the use of digital cameras and digital recording from which they will conduct surveys on bee population.

Experts at Liverpool's wildlife charity, Landlife have advised the the volunteers on species of flowers that will provide maximum food for bees at the new sites.

The wildflower gardens will not only benefit bumblebees, but honeybees and other insects which will thrive in the new habitat.

Peter Eustance told BBC Radio Merseyside "If this is successful we'll be moving this to other Liverpool parks throughout the city. We've got to prove our mettle."

Bumblebees are able to travel over 4 kilometres to forage for food, so a number of these wildflower sites would help to secure their future in Liverpool.

volunteers and Sean Styles
Volunteers hope to inspire others to create bee havens

The scheme has been funded by the Veolia Environmental Trust, enabling the volunteers to purchase the specialist equipment and wildflower seeds required.

Liverpool's cabinet member for the environment Councillor Tim Moore says "This is a fantastic initiative and it's great that our residents are getting involved in doing something to protect the threatened insects.

"It's great to have such momentum behind something that will not only help the bees but also other wildlife as well - especially as this is the International Year of Biodiversity."

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