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Harry Woolner from Buglife introduced the Urban Buzz project to Yorkshire Naturalists' Union members at the YNU's Natural Sciences Forum meeting on the 14th November.

Urban Buzz is a new national project run by Buglife and funded primarily by Biffa Award with the aim of increasing pollinator habitat in cities.  It has two key aims: to engage and train volunteers in habitat creation and enhancement, site assessment and monitoring, and to improve sites for the benefit of pollinators, aiming for 100 sites, large and small, across York.

The project will run for 18 months in York but the aim is to set up a legacy of ongoing monitoring.

Urban Buzz York would like input from the YNU on:

  • Suggestions for potential sites, i.e. areas where habitat enhancement could be particularly beneficial and/or there is already an active group of volunteers.
  • Offers to support the project in any way, e.g. habitat creation, site assessment or monitoring, training and mentoring volunteers.

For more information see the Buglife website: or contact Harry Woolner on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photograph by Barry Warrington.