Workmen have been busy bees at Sandy Water Park in Llanelli.
They’ve been busy creating a new habitat for bees, close to Pont d’Agen (the Agen footbridge and cycle crossing over Traeth Ffordd).
I’m no expert in the habits of bees, so the jury may be out on whether locating such a habitat close to the busy path and cycleway is a good idea . . .
But, for now, I think it’s worth parking any issues like that and commending what seems to be a good idea.
After the diggers moved in a few weeks ago, the site has been left to settle and it is now just some shallow banking and a gravel bed.
The sign says: ‘It may look a bit are at the moment, but in a few years we hope that this patch of ground will be full of wildflowers.
‘We’re creating an area similar to bare ground and sand dunes so that local wildflowers, which like low levels of competition from grasses, can thrive.
‘This will provide lots of food for pollinators such as bees.’
The project is being supported by Carmarthenshire Council, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Bees have a massive role in nature by helping pollination.
Both commercial and wild bees have been in the news because of their decline in numbers.
The campaign group Avaaz has been working hard in recent months to ban the world’s most common insecticides, pressing the farming industry to develop a whole new model of non-toxic agriculture.
West Wales is regarded as an important place for bumblebees, with many rare and protected species.
You can find out more about Bee Wild West Wales on the following weblink –
If you want to find out more about bees, then the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has all the answers –
The site of the habitat near Pont d-Agen.
A Google map of the habitat location. Look for BEES in blue in the bottom, middle.