PORINGLAND LAKES

The Green Heart of Poringland

B-LINE PROJECT

Research in 2018 revealed that one third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the last decade while 24 per cent of Europe’s bumblebees are now threatened with extinction.

Something dramatic needs to be done to halt this cataclysmic decline.  That is why Poringland Lakes is giving its full support to developing a B-Line along the Chet Valley, starting in the village.

Not only has the Association planted a magnificent wildflower meadow and modified some of the sand banking to provide improved habitat for bees but is also providing publicity for the project through this dedicated page on our widely read website.

Please add your support to this internationally important project and do what you can to safeguard our bees and other pollinators.

 

Parish Council Supports B-Line Project

Poringland Parish Council has given its support, in principle, to proposals to develop a pollinator friendly corridor along the River Chet which rises not far from Poringland Lakes.

Local councillors gave their blessing to the national project following a presentation made by Berg Apton Conservation Trust.  Local bee keepers have also given their support.

Last year research revealed that one third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the last decade while 24 per cent of Europe’s bumblebees are now threatened with extinction.

Against this background, last year Poringland Lakes planted a magnificent wildflower meadow and modified some of the sand banking to provide improved habitat for bees.

Lakes Support National B-Line Project

Poringland Conservation Lakes are giving their whole-hearted support to a vitally important national initiative called B-Lines.

It has been predicted that 40-70% of insect species could be extinct if action is not taken to enable species to move through the landscape.  B-Lines are a series of corridors which allow predominantly bees, but other insects to travel seamlessly through the countryside.

Bees, butterflies and hoverflies have suffered badly over the last fifty or so years, due to changes in land use including modern farming methods, urban spread and new transport links. Over 97% (an area the size of Wales) of all flower-rich grasslands have been lost in England since the 1930s reducing pollen and nectar sources and leading to a serious decline in the wildlife depending on wildflower-rich habitat.

B-Lines are an imaginative solution to the problem of the loss of flowers and pollinators. The B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns, creating a series of wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones. They link existing wildlife areas together, such as Poringland Lakes, creating a network, like a railway, that will weave across the British landscape.

Poringland Lakes was cognisant of this when, last year, volunteers created a pollen-rich wildflower meadow at the heart of the site at a cost of over £300 – all funded by voluntary donations.








Now the lakes’ trustees are hoping that the parish council will also pick up the gauntlet by supporting the National Pollinator Strategy for England 2014 which sets out a 10-year plan to help pollinating insects survive and thrive across England.

Led by local champion Rodney Aldis, local volunteers are hoping to develop a B-Line running the length of the River Chet which has its source in Poringland, nor far from the lakes, before flowing eastwards through Alpington, Bergh Apton, Thurton and Loddon, finally joining the River Yare a one mile west of Reedham at Hardley Cross.

A delegation from South Yare Wildlife Group, together with representatives from the PCFLA, have been invited to make a ten minute presentation to the Parish Council at its meeting on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

“It is very encouraging that local councillors have made time from their busy schedule, to discuss this very important project and hopefully support the initiative in any way they can” said lakes’ trustee and wildlife expert Peter Aspinall.

For further information, please click on https://www.buglife.org.uk/b-lines-hub and/or http://southyarewildlifegroup.org/poringland-community-land-project/