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April 6, 2020

With the interesting results from last year's Strawberries Rock! pilot (see the end-2019 newsletter), we are hoping to get more folks taking part in the project this year - to find out if those strawberry rocks really rock!

Check out the new instructions video here, and let us know if you'd like to take part!

March 25, 2020

A good thing to do for your bees while staying at home?  Make a Bee Pub! 🍹🐝🍺

Bees need to drink, but they can get wet and drown trying to drink from flat open water.  As seen below, I found one of my veg trugs had built up a few cm of rainwater in the bottom, and still some bees had drowned in it (there are hives nearby, so I have more than you m...

November 6, 2019

All of the past Buzz Club newsletters can now be downloaded from our new archive page. Whether you've been with us from the start and are feeling a bit nostalgic, or are interested to see how the projects have changed over time - and what their impacts have been - do check it out.  Pollinator facts, hot-off-the-press research, photo competitions an...

November 6, 2019

More citizen science from Sussex! Priyesha is looking for samples of songbird feathers from all over the UK to examine the presence of pesticides in the environment. If you spot any feathers on the ground while outside, it'd be fantastic if you could scoop them up and send them in to Sussex (with a bit of brief info about where you were when you fo...

November 1, 2019

Our 'Slowing Slugs' project might not have found a sure-fire mollusc deterrant, but don't throw out your sheep's wool pellets just yet!  Although more of an anecdotal result, we did see that plants muched with a nice wool coat seemed to be larger than those without.  Since this project didn't assess the final yield of plants (and we tend to fertili...

September 21, 2019

I've been doing quite a bit of work with community gardens / allotments this summer, and one issue that came up with the Garden Shop calculator was easy access to weighing scales.  The GS originally focused on house gardens, which tend to be nearer to a kitchen!  To allow a wider range of people and places to take part in the project, I've added ne...

May 29, 2019

End-of-May update from my garden test of the Slowing Slugs project.  My little London space is quite restricted, so my setup is squashed in with the rest of my potted-paradise - but that's why losing plants is so frustrating, since I don't have lots of backup!

Plants are squash and dwarf beans; are approximately a month old, and I'm using:

- Garlic m...

June 1, 2018

Are you brilliant at bees, or befuddled by beetles?  Magnificent with mimics, or waylaid by wasps?

Test out your insect identification skills with our Pollinator Quiz!

There are many species of pollinators buzzing around our gardens, and the challenge of identifying these endearing creatures can be daunting - but everyone has to start somewhere.  To...

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