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Lichfield cubs buzzing after work to build bee beach in Beacon Park

Cubs have got their hands dirty to make part of Beacon Park bee-friendly.

Cubs creating the bee beach in Beacon Park

Cubs creating the bee beach in Beacon Park

Earlier this month, 17 members of the Lichfield Somers Cub Pack created a ‘bee beach’ next to the poppy field.

The idea came after a visit from Andy Jukes, from Staffordshire Invertebrate Group, who said unused golf bunkers were the ideal habitat.

Cubs with the bee beach in Beacon Park

Cubs with the bee beach in Beacon Park

Richard Taylor, cub pack leader, said: “The parks team helped the cubs to understand the importance of making habitats for the wildlife in the park.

“Helping the community is an important part of the cub scout programme and this activity was a great opportunity for our cubs to take responsibility for their surroundings and to get really muddy.”

It is hoped the bee beach will act as a nesting site for solitary bees.

Tim Lock, community gardener at Beacon Park, said: “The cubs all got stuck in and worked really hard and understood why we were working to create a bee friendly habitat.

“Bees have suffered a marked decline in the UK and so it’s important that we all do our bit to encourage more of them. This could be from planting native flowers that bloom at different times of the year in your garden to building a bee hotel.”

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