Cost Effective Conservation Events
The Campaign for the Farmed Environment, which is delivered by FWAG East in East Anglia, has announced a series of free, pollinator-themed events taking place across the region this spring. The events will focus on the important role hedgerows play in helping pollinators and other beneficial insects complete their lifecycles on the farm, as well as addressing the following issues:
- Managing Ecological Focus Areas for pollinators, with Hedgelink expert
- Building beneficial insect populations as part of Integrated Pest Management
- Operation Pollinator – seed mix offer for pollinators, game and farmland birds
- EFAS and Countryside Stewardship : your questions answered
The events include lunch and the opportunity for attendees to obtain vouchers to purchase up to 15 half-price hectare packs of Bumblebird mix, subsidised under Syngenta’s ‘Operation Pollinator’ project, subject to availability. The cut-price seed is a spring-sown mix called ‘Bees ‘n Seeds’, which has a wild bird seed producing element aimed at complementing game cover and also delivers late season pollen and nectar. Advice will be available at the events on how, when and where best to establish the mix on the farm for the greatest ecological benefits.
‘Cost Effective Conservation: Farming with Bees and Beneficial Insects’:
- Essex – 14th April, Black Notley Hall Farm, Black Notley
- Norfolk – 16th April, The Barn, Raveningham Estate
- Suffolk – 17th April, Halls Farm, Halls Lane, Norton
- Cambs – 20th April, Midloe Grange, Rectory Lane, Southoe
- Herts – 22nd April, Great Gaddesden Parish Hall
- Cambs – 23rd April, Park Farm, Thorney
Places at the events are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so book your place now by contacting Rob Cooper or Jilly McNaughton from your regional CFE team on: 01223 841507 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. BASIS and NRoSO points available.