Sunny summer days, accompanied by the resultant rise in temperature usually encourage bees and butterflies to visit flowers to collect nectar. The above photo was taken on the uncut triangle of field leading up from the Wom Brook to the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.
Naturalists are concerned about the declining numbers of bees across the UK. They believe that a combination of factors are responsible for this decline-disease, prolonged wet weather, and a decline in wild flowers.
The Friends of Wom Brook, working closely with the Landscape Department at South Staffordshire Council are monitoring uncut areas along the Wom Brook Walk, and have recorded several species of bees and butterflies regularly feeding on the thistle and ragwort plants.
The decision taken by South Staffordshire Council, working with the Friends Group, in not cutting certain areas of the Walk has certainly encouraged and increase in insect activity in the area.
So what? Why does this matter? Bees and other flying insects that go from flower to flower pollinate food crops and thus ensure a continuous cycle of plant growth. There’s also a tasty bi-product-honey.
Bees in particular are vital to UK food crop production-therefore all that can be done to promote the well-being of our bee species is essential in terms of maintaining our food crops-hence the need to maintain uncut sections along the Wom Brook.