Wildflowers at Broomhill Park and the Old Orchard woodland area. Broomhill Park has a large grass bank which is left to grow as a meadow, not cut until late summer. This, along with the woodland area, provide a rich habitat for wildlife and supply a vital source of food for pollinators.
Here are some of the bumblebees that can be found at Broomhill Park and the Old Orchard woodland area. Friends of Broomhill are working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and have set up a BeeWalk to monitor and record the species we find. The information collected by BeeWalk volunteers is integral to monitoring how bumblebee populations change through time, and will allow BCT to detect early warning signs of population declines. All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to changes in land-use and climate change, and, ultimately, to informing how we manage the countryside. (Red-tailed bumblebee, Buff-tailed bumblebee, Common Carder bee, White-tailed Bumblebee and Tree Bumblebee.) Find out more about our BeeWalk here.