Over the last 18 months, the Environment Agency’s Waterways team has been working hard to create a pollinator paradise along the River Great Ouse.
Biodiversity and boaters are benefiting from wildflowers, bird boxes, bee hives, bee hotels and shrubbery, which have been installed along the river.
In total, the Environment Agency has introduced:
1,000 metres squared of wildflower strips – the equivalent of 4 tennis courts
600 metres of native hedging
120 lavender plants
60 bird boxes
a bee hive with more than 40,000 bees
2 large bee hotels
Boaters and passers-by have written to the Environment Agency to compliment the work.
Ian Wilson, a leisure boater who has cruised England, yesterday said:
Hoverflies on and near a poppy planted by the Environment Agency.
Matt Yallop, Waterways Workforce manager for the Environment Agency, yesterday said:
Dick Milthorp, a member of the Waterways Workforce who has been instrumental to this project, yesterday said:
A close up of some of the flowers.
During the autumn the Environment Agency plans to plant wildflowers across approximately three acres of the Denver complex of sluices, near Downham Market. The plants will be a combination of flowers suitable for shady and dry conditions.
The work is part of the Environment Agency’s long-term ambition of creating a nation resilient to climate change; healthy air, land and water; green growth and a sustainable future.
On the ground this involves improving more than 4,000 kilometres of river, creating nearly 1,200 hectares of habitat and being on track to be carbon-neutral by 2030.
A bee enjoying the wildflowers.