City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study
Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found.
The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and cities have been suggested as potential sanctuaries.
The first research to examine all types of land use in cities has identified pollinators’ favourite places and flowers, many of which are often considered weeds. A team of more than 50 people spent two years examining pollinators and plants in Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading.
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Prince Charles spends £55k on strange bricks to attract bees to his housing estate
Prince Charles has splashed £55,000 to bring 2,000 revolutionary ‘bee bricks’ to his new eco-friendly housing development in Newquay.
A third of Britain’s native bee population has disappeared in the past 10 years, leading to drastic measures being taken to repopulate the endangered species.
The bricks, which cost £27.50 each, are used to house 90% of solitary bees which have lost their nesting habitat.
They’ll be included in half of the properties in the Duchy of Cornwall’s Nansledan development on the edge of Newquay.
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Rodent sighting shuts leisure centre – just days after one caused £10m super school closure
A leisure centre was forced to close just days after a £10m super school sent home its pupils following sightings of rodents.
Holyhead Leisure Centre on Anglesey shut its doors to all users on Sunday as a “precautionary measure” after a rat was spotted on its grounds.
It came days after Ysgol Cybi in Holyhead closed to all pupils on Friday, also as a “precautionary measure”, after another rodent was seen at the school.
Parents were sent a message from Ysgol Cybi on Friday, informing them the school was closed because of a “health and safety issue” discovered that morning.
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Chocolate found to be effective for pest control
Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council are taking the phrase ‘Death by chocolate’ to a whole new level with an innovative rat control method – using chocolate instead of poisonous bait.
The councils are partnering to investigate how well rat numbers can be controlled without poison at Te Ahumairangi (formerly Tinakori) Hill.
“As far as we know this area doesn’t have possums so is an ideal trial site to focus on the rodent population,” says Senior Biosecurity Officer Paul Horton.
Greater Wellington’s biosecurity team has set up several self-setting traps made by Kiwi innovators Goodnature. The traps feature chocolate lures that attract rodents with their sweet smell and then instantly kill any curious rodents.
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