Holiday Parks flying the flag for Honey Bees

When you’re next thinking of heading out into the countryside on a camping, caravanning or holiday home trip, why not visit a park that’s doing something to help Honey Bees? Thanks to an on-going link-up with the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme (DBCAS) this is really easy to do.

2019 is the fifth year of the BBKA’s Honey Bee Friendly Park Project partnership with the DBCAS (which works with 570+ parks across the country to help them become more environmentally friendly). Most of the parks in the scheme have taken the Honey Bee Friendly Pledge. This commits them to doing what they can to provide the forage plants that bees need, to provide homes for bees and to spread the word about bee conservation. Last year, over 400 did enough for their David Bellamy assessors to class them as Honey Bee Friendly.

Among the great work that’s being done are projects to plant wildflower meadow areas. Last year, the scheme recorded an average of 0.5 ha of wildflowers per park or almost a football-field’s worth each. Many park teams have also been getting busy learning about beekeeping, working with their local beekeepers and even becoming beekeepers themselves.

 

For example, at Tregatillian Park, in Cornwall, they sell produce from their allotments to buy bee-friendly plants for their owners’ gardens. The collection point for the people to get their free pollinator plants is also an information site providing guidance on planting, bees, wildlife and flowers. The park has also been busy planting trees, improving their meadow areas and doing lots of other bee-friendly habitat creation work.

“We wanted to enhance natural habitats to encourage bees and other beneficial insects,” says Park Warden, Haley Bailey. “Luckily, there were areas of the park that were unused and were perfect for this new projects. It has been a great success, we’ve seen more species of animals, from bees and dragonflies up to deer, visiting the Park.”

 

Meanwhile, at Riverbend in Wales, the park team have lovingly restored a traditional telephone box into a wildlife information point. They have also turned a formerly unkempt corner of the park into a beautiful, communal Bee and Butterfly Garden that boasts a wealth of plants that attract bees, butterflies and other insects.

“We built an area with sleepers, raising it three feet off the floor, and filled it with lavender,” Park Managers, Angie and Lindsey explain. “Then we started on the surrounding area and filled as much as we could with plants and flowers that butterflies and bees love.  About three months later our garden was in full bloom - you would not believe how many butterflies and bees have visited.”

To show your support of what the parks are doing, why not choose a Honey Bee Friendly Park when you next venture out into the British Countryside? Below is the list of parks that have taken the Honey Bee Pledge. Be sure to look out for the Logo and Honey-Bee Friendly Certificate when you visit!

Park name County
Home Farm Anglesey
Kingsbridge Anglesey
Minffordd Anglesey
Ty Hen     Anglesey
Tyddyn Isaf Anglesey
Argyll    Argyll
Loch Eck Argyll and Bute
Stratheck Argyll and Bute
Sunnybrae Argyll and Bute
Craig Tara Ayrshire
Cunninghamhead Estate Ayrshire
Hurleyford Farm  Berkshire
Floods Ferry Cambridgeshire
Erwlon Farm Carmarthenshire
Llety  Ceredigion
Morfa Bychan Ceredigion
Quay West Ceredigion
Fir Trees Cheshire
Lindow Court Cheshire
Manor Wood Cheshire
Ballyness Co Antrim
Bradley Burn Co. Durham
Crimdon Dene Co. Durham
Drovers Way Co. Durham
Finchale Abbey Co. Durham
Kingsley Conwy
Lyndale Conwy
Plas Farm Conwy
Ayr Cornwall
Carnon Downs   Cornwall
Cosawes Cornwall
Crantock Beach Cornwall
Dolbeare  Cornwall
Eden Valley Cornwall
Gainsborough Cornwall
Gwel an Mor Cornwall
Hengar Manor Cornwall
Hentervene Cornwall
Holywell Bay Cornwall
Leycroft Valley Cornwall
Little Dinham Cornwall
Little Winnock Cornwall
Looe Bay Cornwall
Lower Treave Cornwall
Martha's Orchard Cornwall
Mother Ivey's Bay   Cornwall
Newquay     Cornwall
Newquay View Cornwall
Notter Mill Cornwall
Padstow Holiday Park Cornwall
Padstow Touring Park Cornwall
Perran Sands Cornwall
Polruan Cornwall
River Valley(Penzance) Cornwall
Riviere Sands Cornwall
Ruthern Valley Cornwall
Sea View Holiday Village Cornwall
Seaview International Cornwall
St Ives Cornwall
St Margarets Cornwall
St Minver Cornwall
Stonerush Lakes Cornwall
Tehidy Holiday Park Cornwall
The Park Cornwall
Tolroy Manor Cornwall
Tregatillion Cornwall
Trethem Mill Cornwall
Trethias Cornwall
Trethiggey Cornwall
Trevarth Cornwall
Trevella         Cornwall
Trewan Hall   Cornwall
Watergate Bay Cornwall
White Acres Cornwall
Widemouth Bay Cornwall
Wooda Farm Cornwall
Bassenthwaite Cumbria
Castlerigg Hall  Cumbria
Church Stile Cumbria
Esthwaite View Cumbria
Fell End Cumbria
Hall More Cumbria
Hawkrigg Lune Valley Cumbria
High Close Cumbria
Hill of Oaks Cumbria
Hillcroft Cumbria
Lightwater Tarns Cumbria
Lowther Cumbria
Nepgill Cumbria
Park Cliffe Cumbria
Sandgate Cumbria
Silver Ridge Cumbria
Skelwith Fold  Cumbria
Skiddaw View Cumbria
Southwaite Green Mill Cumbria
Waterfoot  Cumbria
White Cross Bay Cumbria
White Gate Cumbria
Woodclose Cumbria
Feughside Deeside
Presthaven Sands Denbighshire
Ashbourne Heights Derbyshire
Beech Croft Derbyshire
Darwin Forest   Derbyshire
Mercia Marina Derbyshire
Merebrook Derbyshire
Bideford Bay Devon
Bittaford Wood Devon
Bovisand Lodge Devon
Castle Brake Devon
Challaborough Devon
Churchwood Valley Devon
Cofton Country  Devon
Devon Cliffs Devon
Dornafield  Devon
Forest Glade Devon
Harford Bridge  Devon
Hazelwood Devon
Hedley Wood Devon
Hele Valley Devon
Ladram Bay Devon
Langstone Manor Devon
Leafy fields Glamping Devon
Moor View Devon
Newberry Valley Devon
Noteworthy Farm Devon
Oakdown  Devon
Ross Devon
Ruda Devon
Smytham Manor Devon
The Old Rectory  Devon
The Thatches Devon
Torquay  Devon
Upton Lakes Devon
Warcombe Farm Devon
Whitehill Country Park Devon
Woodwards Lakes & Lodges Doncaster
Back of Beyond Dorset
East Fleet Dorset
Eype House Dorset
Golden Cap   Dorset
Graston Copse(was Coastal) Dorset
Harrow Wood Farm Dorset
Highlands End Dorset
Larkfield Dorset
Littlesea Dorset
Longthorns Dorset
Rockley Dorset
Rowlands Wait Dorset
Sandford Dorset
Sandyholme Dorset
Sea View (Dorset) Dorset
Wareham Forest Dorset
Warmwell HP Dorset
West Bay Dorset
Weymouth Bay Dorset
Woolsbridge Manor Farm Dorset
Loch Ken   Dumfries and Galloway
Southerness Dumfries and Galloway
Belhaven Bay East Lothian
Aldbrough East Yorkshire
Far Grange East Yorkshire
High Farm Country East Yorkshire
Reighton Sands East Yorkshire
Sand Le Mere East Yorkshire
Scampston East Yorkshire
Skipsea East Yorkshire
Skirlington Leisure East Yorkshire
South Lea East Yorkshire
The White House East Yorkshire
Mortonhall Edinburgh
Eastland Meadows Essex
Elm Farm Essex
Fen Farm  Essex
Mersea Island(Cosway) Essex
Osea Leisure Essex
The Orchards(Essex) Essex
The Star Inn Essex
Valley Farm Essex
Waldegraves Essex
Cairnsmill Fife
Craigtoun Meadows  Fife
Elie   Fife
St Monans Fife
Pen-Y-Glol Flintshire
Tree Tops Flintshire
Briarfields Motel Gloucestershire
Croft Farm Water Park Gloucestershire
Green Meadows Gloucestershire
Tudor Gloucestershire
Whitemead Forest Gloucestershire
Bala Gwynedd
Garreg Goch Gwynedd
Greenacres & Carreg Wen Gwynedd
Hafan y Mor Gwynedd
Pale Wood  Gwynedd
Tyn Y Mur Gwynedd
Hayling Island Hampshire
Red Shoot Hampshire
Shamba Hampshire
Shorefield  Hampshire
Arrow Bank  Herefordshire
Borders Hideaway Herefordshire
Fairview Herefordshire
Linton Park Herefordshire
Woodside Country Park Herefordshire
Takeley Park Hertfordshire
Nethercraig Highlands
Grange Farm (IOW) I O W
Old Mill I O W
Whitefield Forest I O W
Compton Farm IOW
Allhallows Kent
Hawthorn Farm Kent
Little Satmar Kent
Meadow View Kent
Quex Kent
Bay View Lancs Lancashire
Crook O'Lune Lancashire
Hackings Lancashire
Hawthorns Lancashire
Holgates Silverdale Lancashire
Hollins Farm Lancashire
Little Orchard Lancashire
Merlewood  Lancashire
Moss Wood Lancashire
Old Hall(Lancs) Lancashire
Rawcliffe Hall Lancashire
Riverside(Lanc)  Lancashire
South Lakeland Leisure Village Lancashire
Willowbank Lancashire
Woodlands (Lancs) Pilling Lancashire
Wyre Vale Lancashire
Wyreside Farm Lancashire
Daleford Manor Lancs
Eastham Hall Lancs
Fold House Lancs
Moorlands (Lancs) Lancs
Netherbeck Lancs
Scout Cragg Lancs
Ashby    Lincolnshire
Butlins Skegness village Lincolnshire
Golden Sands(lincs) Lincolnshire
Highfields Country  Fishing Lincolnshire
Holivans Lincolnshire
Orchards  Park (Lincs) Lincolnshire
Seacroft Lincolnshire
Skegness Water Lincolnshire
Sunnydale Lincs
Seton Sands Lothian
Kingfisher (Yorks) N. Yorks
Anchor Norfolk
Beeston Regis Norfolk
Breydon Water Norfolk
Caister Norfolk
California Cliffs Norfolk
Cherry Tree Norfolk
Clippesby      Norfolk
Cobbleacre Norfolk
Deers Glade Norfolk
Dower House Norfolk
Forest Park Norfolk
Hopton Norfolk
Ivy Farm Norfolk
Kelling Heath Norfolk
Kessingland Beach Norfolk
Langmere Lakes Norfolk
Manor Park Norfolk
Pinewoods Norfolk
Sandy Gulls Norfolk
Searles Leisure Resort  Norfolk
Seashore Norfolk
the Old Brick Kilns Norfolk
Vauxhall Norfolk
Waveney River Centre Norfolk
Waveney Valley Lakes Norfolk
Wild Duck Norfolk
Woodhill Norfolk
Plassey North Wales
Akebar North Yorkshire
Blue Dolphin North Yorkshire
Goodenbergh North Yorkshire
Langcliffe North Yorkshire
Lebberston North Yorkshire
Lindale North Yorkshire
Middlewood Farm North Yorkshire
North Bay North Yorkshire
Northcliffe  & Seaview North Yorkshire
Old Hall(York) North Yorkshire
Patrington Haven North Yorkshire
Primrose Valley North Yorkshire
Raywell Hall North Yorkshire
Ripley North Yorkshire
Sleningford Watermill  North Yorkshire
Whitby  North Yorkshire
Winston Bridge North Yorkshire
Wood Nook North Yorkshire
York House North Yorkshire
Allendale Northumberland
Berwick H C Northumberland
Causey Hill Northumberland
Clear Sky Northumberland
Cresswell Towers Northumberland
Haggerston Castle  Northumberland
Low Haber Northumberland
Ord House  Northumberland
Riverside Leisure(Hexham) Northumberland
Seldom Seen   Northumberland
Waren Caravan & Camping Northumberland
Milestone Nottinghamshire
Sherwood Hideaway Nottinghamshire
Dolgead Hall Powys
Dolguog Estate Powys
Fforest Fields    Powys
Garth Powys
Morben Isaf Powys
Red Kite Powys
The Pines  Powys
Warren Parc Powys
Glenview Scotland
Grangemuir Scotland
Loch Lomond Scotland
Red Deer Village( was Craigendmuir Scotland
Tantallon Scotland
Tayport Links Scotland
Fernwood  Shropshire
Glen Shropshire
Mill Farm Shropshire
Bath Chew Valley Somerset
Doniford Somerset
Holiday Resort Unity Somerset
Retreat Somerset
St Audries Bay   Somerset
Thorney Lakes Somerset
Waterrow Somerset
Westermill  Somerset
Silver Trees Staffordshire
Cliff House Suffolk
Dunwich Cliffs Estate Suffolk
Haw Wood Farm Suffolk
Heathland Beach    Suffolk
Pakefield Suffolk
Peewit Suffolk
Camber Sands Sussex
Chestnut Meadow Sussex
Deanland Wood Park Sussex
three Ponds Sussex
Beach Wales
Brandy Brook Wales
Brynowen wales
Clywedog Wales
Fishguard Bay Wales
Fron Farm Wales
Gorse Hill Wales
Irfon river Wales
Kiln and Penally court Wales
Llanunger Fach Wales
Lydstep Beach   Wales
Maes Glas   Wales
Meadow House Wales
Noble Court Wales
Ocean Heights Wales
Peniarth Wales
Rhinog Wales
Rhosgoch Wales
Riverbend Wales
Shillingford  Wales
Silver Bay Wales
Stone Pitt Wales
Timber Hill   Wales
Trecco Bay Wales
Ty Mawr Wales
Avon Warwickshire
Island Meadow Warwickshire
Wootton Hall Warwickshire
Church Farm  West Sussex
Sumners Ponds West Sussex
Wicks Farm  West Sussex
Upwood West Yorkshire
Lillybrook wiltshire
Stonehenge wiltshire
Coppice Leisure Worcestershire
Leedons Park(Broadway) Worcestershire
Lickhill Manor Worcestershire
Lincomb Lock Worcestershire
Offenham Worcestershire
Ranch Worcestershire
Severnside Worcestershire
The Springs Worcestershire
Weir Meadow Worcestershire
Little Lakes worcs
Emral Wrexham
Cayton Bay Yorks
Barmston Beach yorks 
Blue Rose Yorkshire
Burton Constable Yorkshire
Burtree Lakes yorkshire
Cowden Yorkshire
Croft Park Yorkshire
Falls Yorkshire
Flamingo Land resort Yorkshire
Hillside Yorkshire
Hollicarrs Yorkshire
Holme Valley   Yorkshire
Hornsea Yorkshire
Longbeach Leisure Yorkshire
Mauston & Springmoor Yorkshire
Rivers Edge Yorkshire
Thornwick Yorkshire
Tockets Mill Yorkshire
Weir   Yorkshire
Withernsea Sands Yorkshire
Woodhouse Farm Yorkshire
Wrens of Rydale Yorkshire