You are probably aware that we, as a group, have close connections in a number of ways with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and in particular with the project – managed by Dr Nikki Gammans – that has been improving the habitat and forage diversity across the Romney Marsh for the past 10 years. This project was so successful – in terms of the increases in rare and other bumblebees observed over time – that the project now has a broader geographical area to address, running through Hythe and to Folkestone.
Habitat improvement means more of those plants that flower early (Jan- Mar) and late (September onwards) in the season for bumblebees, when it is most challenging for them.
How can you help?
Nikki Gammans and her team of volunteers can plant almost any number of donated native flowers that produce pollen and nectar at the times suggested, and we would love to make a collection of these to pass on to her for planting out.
Plants to consider – if you have any from your garden / allotment
Early: Snowdrop; native (eg welsh) daffodil; crocus; primrose; cowslip; comfrey; white dead nettle; heather; winter aconite
Late: Autumn crocus; Autumn flowering salvia; Michaelmas daisy
House plants are not needed for this work, nor cultivated bedding plants
Where do I bring my donations?
Please bring donations in pots (any size) for onward transport to:
Hythe Town Hall
Between 10.00 and 12.00
If this is not possible, then let us know and we will figure out a way of picking them up.
Hythe Environmental Community Group