Harvesting seed from a steep bank in Upper Teesdale ® Rebecca Barrett
County: Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria
Nearest town or settlement: North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Contact details
Organisation: North Pennines AONB Partnership
Email: info@northpenninesaonb.org.uk
Website: Nectarworks on North Pennines AONB website
Natural England, farmers & landowners. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumbrian Water.
Project description

Nectarworks was launched by the North Pennines AONB Partnership in May 2013 and will run until March 2017. The project aims to enthuse, educate and enable communities to take action for bumblebees and other pollinators by restoring and increasing flower-rich habitats across the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The North Pennines boasts some of the most beautiful flower-rich upland hay meadows in the United Kingdom. In times past, every hay field was a mix of colourful flowers and nodding grasses. Over the years our countryside has changed and once commonplace plants have now retreated to field edges, uncut steep banks, river banks and roadside verges. Largely ignored, we are in danger of losing these flower-rich areas as they scrub over or are damaged through lack of management. To help look after and enhance these valuable habitats we are:
• Locating and surveying flower-rich banks in the North Pennines
• Talking to farmers to agree and instigate appropriate management of these bumblebee-friendly places
• Using specially-designed and manufactured machinery to harvest seed in ‘green hay’ from suitable sites and spreading it on nearby meadows
• Establishing a monitoring regime to assess the impact of management

To bumblebees and other nectar-feeders areas rich in wildflowers and school or community nectar gardens are the same – vital sources of pollen and nectar. Over the four years of the Nectarworks project we are:
• Working with local primary schools, establishing bumblebee-friendly nectar gardens in their grounds and designing and delivering associated educational activities linked to the National Curriculum
• Informing and inspiring local residents and community groups to take action for bumblebees in their gardens and community spaces
• Working with care homes and their residents in the North Pennines to establish nectar gardens in their grounds.

Further details of the project can be found on the AONB Partnership website and in the Nectarworks project leaflet.
For more details also see the project summary.

North Pennines AONB Partnership
October 2014

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