Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
City population: 344,626
Project duration: 2015 - ongoing
Project cost: 50 000 - 100 000 EUR
Financing source(s): Public regional budget, Corporate investment, Private Foundation, Crowd-sourcing

Urban Buzz Cardiff: A bee-friendly university

Urban Buzz Cardiff: A bee-friendly university

Cardiff City Council and Urban Buzz brought together local organisations, community groups supporting wildlife, to create environments to encourage more bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects. (ref 1). Pharma Bee, is a project by Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, that wants to create a bee friendly campus. In association with Urban Buzz, a project run by BugLife, it plans to renovate the Cardiff University’s Redwood Building by planting bee-friendly plants (ref 2)

Urban setting

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
    • Institutional green space
  • Allotments and community gardens
    • Community gardens

Key challenges

  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)

Main beneficiaries

  • Researchers/University
Project objectives
1. habitat creation for Pollinators in urban area and increase pollinator habitats in urban environment (ref1) 2. improve habitat connectivity to make pollinators more resilient to changes such as development, climate change and pollution (ref 1)
Implementation activities
Created or enhanced 57 sites out of a target of 100 for pollinators (ref 5). The team installed beehives on the roof of the Redwood Building, training members of staff as beekeepers, and planting the ground around the building with antibacterial and bee-friendly plants. Following this initial success, beehives have been installed on the roofs of a number of other campus buildings and the team has been working to create a beekeeper community. (ref 6) Creating pollinator spaces in community gardens or 'bee friendly' gardens. (Ref 3)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Private Foundation
  • Researchers / University

Management set-up

Co-governance or hybrid governance (mix of responsibilities between government and non-government actors)

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Citizen science
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
Cardiff City Council and Urban Buzz brought together local organisations, community groups supporting wildlife for this project (ref1)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Yes
Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora (Habitats Directive) (*See reference 1 - Policy and Legislation Summary)
... a national policy or strategy? Yes
UK Biodiversity Action Plan (reference 1)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Expected impacts
  • Climate action for adaptation, resilience and mitigation (SDG 13)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
Details on impacts and indicators used Created or enhanced 57 sites out of a target of 100 for pollinators (ref 5). The team installed beehives on the roof of the Redwood Building, training members of staff as beekeepers, and planting the ground around the building with antibacterial and bee-friendly plants. Following this initial success, beehives have been installed on the roofs of a number of other campus buildings and the team has been working to create a beekeeper community. (ref 6) Indicators: 1. Create or enhance a certain number of sites for pollinators in the urban area (ref 5) 2. Creating over X hectares of habitat (ref 5)

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Unknown

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Unknown

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Unknown

 

Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.