Members of the SEACAMS team, College of Science, Swansea University received the Green Impact Excellence Award for their project ‘BeeCAMS’ last week. This follows on from receiving a Gold award in 2012 and 2013.

BeeCAMSCongratulations to Anouska Mendzil, Christine Gray, Ian Dodkins and Chiara Bertelli who have been working on the NUS Green Impact Excellence Award - a year-out programme for green impact teams that have been awarded gold for two consecutive years! The scheme is a chance for teams to work on larger-scale sustainability projects with a practical element. 

For their project  ‘BeeCAMS’,  the team decided to focus on bees and pollinators. The achievements of the project include:

  • Bringing bees to campus. For the first time in years beehives are now situated on campus (behind Wallace) and there are now 6 hives which are owned by staff and external individuals.
  • Created a webpage on the sustainability pages to highlight the work we’ve achieved and raise awareness of biodiversity/honey bees. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/sustainability/biodiversity/
  • Sourced a 100% native UK wildflower seed mix for pollinators which was RHS approved and sourced a site on campus for the planting of a wildflower meadow (due for planting early 2015), this will be behind the back of the Penmaen building.
  • Held an informative honey bee day on 20/08/14 for staff and students which was well attended and over-subscribed with attendance from many of the south Wales bee societies. The day was a success and there is hope of creating a bee-society at some point in the future.

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