Carnoustie hopes to be buzzing!

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CARNOUSTIE Golf Links Management Committee is hoping to do its bit to help boost the bumblebee population.

Over the past 40 years the number of bees has dwindled by up to 70 per cent due to loss of habitat and some species of bee are now close to extinction.

Ecologists say that golf courses could be the key to providing a new habitat for bees and Carnoustie Golf Links has signed up to be part of the new campaign, ‘Operation Pollinator’.

This sees part of the course designated as a place where flowers could be planted to create a home for the bees, which in turn will help boost the bee population.

At Carnoustie, the triangle formed at the third, fourth and fifth holes will be the ‘Operation Pollinator’ area.

Here wildflower plants will be established including Black Knapweed, Field Scabious and Birdsfoot Trefoil in the hope it will attract bees and in turn help their population flourish.

The planting of the flowers will not impact on people playing on the links and it is hoped that seedlings can be established before the winter sets in.

Bob Taylor, head of ecology and environment and the Sports Turf Research Institute, says trials of ‘Operation Pollinator’ have increased bio-diversity on golf courses.

He went on: “Improving habitat conditions for bumblebees will represent an important environmental gain with little or no detriment to the playing of the game. It is hoped that this work will generate a wider acceptance and awareness of golf’s positive environmental role within the wider landscape.

“‘Operation Pollinator’ trials have provided necessary information and practical expertise on how best to create, improve and manage quality habitats for bumblebees in out of play areas on the golf course.”