Fife’s ‘Buzzing Project’ gets off to a flying start

Cotlands Park in Kennoway where there is definitely a buzz in the air. Pic: Suzanne Bairner
Cotlands Park in Kennoway where there is definitely a buzz in the air. Pic: Suzanne Bairner

One year into an innovative wildflower meadow scheme, the Fife Buzzing project has already created more than three hectares of native flower-rich grassland.

And if you are trying to work out exactly how much that is, imagine three international rugby fields in full bloom and humming with insects.

Conservation charity Buglife, which is behind the scheme, has given its thanks to the 730 volunteers, mostly local school children, who gave over 190 hours of their time, as well as Fife Council’s area services staff who made a big contribution by preparing the ground for seed sowing.

A further 2235 people have been engaged through talks and events, including the the Fife Show and Dunnikier Country Park Fayre.

The three-year partnership project between Buglife and Fife Council secured over £86,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Fife Environment Trust in autumn 2014.

Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals – everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish. Many of them are now endangered.

With the support and involvement of local communities and school children, the local project will see the creation of at least 16 colourful wildflower meadows in parks and greenspaces across the Kingdom.

During the first year of the project, meadows have been created and enhanced at 10 parks, including Ravenscraig Park, Dunnikier Country Park and Golf Course (Kirkcaldy), Guardbridge Park (Guardbridge), Poplar Road (Methil), Silver Sands (Aberdour), Leuchatsbeath (Cowdenbeath), the Public Park (Dunfermline), Cotlands Park (Kennoway) and Riverside Park (Glenrothes).

Further habitat creation and enhancement will take place this year at Ravenscraig Park, Cotlands Park, Public Park, Riverside Park, Leuchatsbeath as well as Bumblebee Wood and Formonthills Wood (Glenrothes) and Jamphlers (Auchterderren).

If you are interested in volunteering at a habitat creation day or are looking for more information about the project, contact Buglife at Scotland@buglife.org.uk.