Project BeeCAMS receives award

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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