Gypsy cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus bohemicus) on heather
by Rory Dimond
Churchyards and burial grounds can provide very valuable food, nest sites and shelter for insect pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, solitary bees and a whole range of flies and beetles.
Caring for God’s Acre is talking to the charity Buglife to see how we can work together to help conserve these vitally important invertebrates. If you are interested to get involved and help then there is information on CfGA’s website and Buglife website. One initiative that we are keen to support is B-Lines, which aims to develop a network of wildflower rich areas. A B-Lines map on the Buglife website shows the network which is currently mapped and into which you can input details. If your area has not been mapped yet then it may be soon, so keep an eye on it. Should your area fall outside the B-Lines area then your work will still make a contribution to the conservation of these valuable pollinators.
Mapped B-Line areas:
Currently mapped and showing on website (Helping create the B-Lines | Buglife ):
Yorkshire (North, South, West and East Riding)
County Durham & Tees Valley
West of England (Avon)
Norfolk and Suffolk
Kent & Sussex