pollinators

Successful bumblebee course 2020

On the 15th and 16th we invited India Wedge over to run a two day training course on pollinator identification. The Sponsorship for the Countryside enhancement scheme allowed the JBC to run this course at a huge discount to the attendees. Held at Jersey Zoo classroom and grounds we spent two days surveying their pollinator patches.

Creating a Pollinator Patch

As summer is drawing to a close there is still a lot we can do to support pollinators over winter. Autumn is the perfect time to start planting your pollinator patches, as the weather gets wetter the ground is ideal for the seeds.  To start your pollinator patch you need a dedicated patch of ground, whether that’s in a lawn, window box, pot or flower bed, any size will do. You can purchase a Jersey wildflower mix from Normans suitable for urban areas, gardens and schools.

The Importance of Ivy

 

The Jersey Biodiversity Centre is working with our partners at the Pollinator Project JE and Jersey Trees for Life to publicise the importance of Ivy in Jersey's environment.

Mature ivy can provide a roosting site for bats, it's autumn flowers provide an important source of food for insects at this otherwise barren time of year and later in the season it's berries are a food resource for many different species of birds.