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Tales of the Embankment


In 2007 we set aside the Signwaves car park border as a 'green corridor'. We planted some native wild flowers and have been letting nature do its thing ever since.
 
And, unbeknown to us, it's become something of a 'drive-in nature watch' - frogs, seagulls, squirrels, pigeons, dragonflies, feral cats, foxes, woodpeckers and even Muntjac deer have all been sighted!
 
Here's a few residents caught on camera...


Poplar Hawkmoth

Oxeye Daisy

Red-Tailed Bumblebee

Common Vetch

Parasol Mushrooms

Golden Newt

Wild Strawberry

Funnel Web Spider

Mystery Plant

Annoyingly, there's one plant we haven't been able to identify...

We're very intrigued. If you have any idea what it is please let us know!


In the Spotlight
 
One of our favourite residents is the Red-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus Lapidarius), sometimes called the 'Stone Bumblebee'.
 
We see plenty of these large 'bombers' around the embankment at this time of year searching for nest sites. Their ideal find is a preformed cavity (e.g. burrows made by mice and voles) which, although they take a lot of looking for, are still much easier for them than digging a hole from scratch.

Fact File
  • There are 6 common resident bumblebee species in the UK plus a recent invader, the 'Tree Bumblebee'.
  • Red-Tailed Bumblebees have a foraging range of 400-1000 metres, so habitat quality and the density of available/suitable plants is important
  • The Red-Tail's favourite plants are Clover and Trefoils.
  • 75% of all food crops are insect pollinated.
  • The global economic value of insect pollination is estimated at £140 billion.

Plight of the Bumblebee
 
UK bee numbers have declined by 25% in recent years, whilst numbers in the USA have declined by 59%. Why? There is no definite answer, but it is believed to be the combined effect of pesticides, parasites/disease, predators (including badgers and blue tits in the UK), the effects of monoculture and general loss of natural habitat.
 
Bee-ing Friendly
  • Think flowers!
  • Increase the suitability of public spaces and farmland.
  • Leaving the perimeter edge-strips of fields to grow wild will assist bird and insect life.
  • Providing a succession of mass-flowering crops will ensure that the opportunities for bees are not transient.
  • BAPS awareness - Biodiversity Action Plans provide a considered lead towards habitat recovery and improvement.

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Signwaves design, manufacture and print a huge range of point of sale signs and displays from kerb to counter... and beyond!

Whether you’re a sign company, marketing agency or brand; Signwaves has the perfect signs and displays for guaranteed footfall and converted sales.

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Signwaves Limited

Lefevre Way, Gapton Hall Industrial Estate,
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 0NW

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