Lichfield Somers Cub Pack

Seventeen cubs got their hands dirty when they made a bee friendly habitat area at Beacon Park in Lichfield

On 6 May Lichfield Somers Cub Pack came to Beacon Park to create a ‘bee beach’ to help bees reproduce. Along with park volunteers, the cubs dug out a large bee silhouette in a stretch of grass next to Beacon Park’s poppy field, which was later filled with sand.

The idea for the bee beach came about following a visit from Andy Jukes, from Staffordshire Invertebrate Group, who advised the team at Beacon Park that unused golf bunkers are the ideal habitat for solitary bees. However, as the park’s golf course bunkers are all in use, the team decided to create a new one in a section of the park that is being developed into an area for wildlife.

It is hoped the sand-filled cut-out of a giant bee will act as a nesting site for solitary bees who like both overgrown grass, earth and sand to nest in. There are many ways you can get involved in your local parks. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ruth Witczak on 01543 308869 or email parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk