Last week I was delighted to welcome Meg Beresford, an active wildlife campaigner, to the Parliament to present the book ‘Bee Quest’ by Dave Goulson to me and my MSP colleagues, Mark Ruskell, Finlay Carson and Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham.
I’d like to thank Meg for her visit which raised awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to the environment, and how their diminishing numbers poses a real threat to our ecosystem.
Meg’s message is an important one and there are a number of projects and partnerships working towards protecting pollinators. I had the pleasure of seeing the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s work in action during a visit to Ayrshire where they are creating a ‘Nectar Network’. Local authorities, businesses and landowners are encouraged to use pollinator friendly plants which will connect pollinator hotspots through meadow and land management.
However, we can all make a difference. By planning bee friendly plants in our gardens and window boxes we can all do our bit to encourage pollinators. There are a number of great bee friendly plants we can grow. In the spring, Crocus, hyacinth, and wild lilac. In the summer, cosmos, lavender, snapdragons foxglove, and later on in the year, hosta, sedum, asters and witch hazel.
I highly recommend ‘Bee Quest’. In Dave Goulson’s hunt for rare bees which takes him on a number of adventures, through different countries, we are reminded of our reliance on bees and how we can all do our bit to protect them.