Wildflower planting at Gordon House

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Staff at Gordon House will be planting wildflowers today as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Pollinator Action Plan.

This is in addition to some shrub planting that staff had already undertaken earlier this year.

They will be planting today (April 22) between 12 noon and 2pm.

The purpose of this planting is to provide a pollen and nectar source for bees and other pollinating insects.

The blackthorn, hawthorn and willow shrubs already planted are providing shelter and an early food source in March and April which is particularly important to queen bees emerging after the winter.

The wildflowers to be planted will include red campion, black knapweed and meadow cranesbill which will provide pollen and nectar throughout the summer months.

As well as providing a food source, we will be leaving some areas of grass unmown to provide nesting sites and hibernating areas for the bees.

Bees and other pollinators are essential to healthy ecosystems, they fertilise crops, fruits and flowers and are therefore essential for food production, gardening and wildlife conservation.

As well as the well-known pollinators such as honey bees and bumble bees, there are many other species which contribute to this important service including solitary bees, flies, moths, butterflies and beetles.

Different types of pollinating insect have different requirements, but in order to survive and flourish, they generally require well connected sources of pollen and nectar throughout the flowering season as well as shelter, nesting sites and spaces in which to hibernate.

Providing good habitats for pollinators will also help to support a wide range of other invertebrates as well as seed and insect eating birds and small mammals.