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Pollinator project aims to save Guernsey's insect population

Pollinator project aims to save Guernsey's insect population

Sunday 10 June 2018

Pollinator project aims to save Guernsey's insect population

Sunday 10 June 2018

Local Estate Agent Swoffers is focusing its charitable attention on the island's insect population this year, after last year it gave away bird boxes to help bird life.

It will be assisting the Pollinator Project, an initiative of La Societe Guernesiaise, which aims to create habitats across Guernsey where pollinating insects can thrive.

A combination of urban growth, pesticide use, and a change in farming practices, has led to massive declines in butterflies, moths, bees and overflies in recent years, and these are all pollinating insects that are "vital for the production of much of the food we eat and flowers we enjoy".

Swoffers has supported the project by financing the local production of 48 Bee Boxes' designed to attract solitary bees to breed in.

The first of these boxes went up at Castel School, where the pupils are creating 'Pollinator Patches' with plants that support these insects. 

"This is such a great example of different groups of islanders coming together for the good of our local environment," Scott Ingrouille from Swoffers said.

"Swoffers and the Pollinator Project led the initiative, the boxes were made by Creative Learning In Prison, the wood was supplied by Norman Piette at a substantial discount, and now were here with Castel School children setting it up." 


Barry Wells from the Pollinator Project echoed Mr Ingrouille's sentiment.

He said they really appreciated Swoffers' involvement, not least because the Bee Boxes were a key learning tool for their work, especially in schools.

"It will be a real community effort to establish enough pollinator patches to form wildlife corridors across Guernsey and ensure the survival of these important insects," Mr Wells said.

"However, we are delighted by the number of businesses community groups, schools and individuals that have come forward already, keen to be involved and together I'm confident we can get Guernsey buzzing."

Further information on the Pollinator Project can be found here. 

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