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19 June 2024

Celebrating Insect Week with idverde this Spring

As we approach Insect Week, starting on the 24th of June, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past couple of months of idverde’s commitment to our buzzing friends. Organised by the Royal Entomological Society, Insect Week is a celebration of all things insect, offering a chance to engage in insect science, learn from experts, and participate in fun activities.

With spring in full bloom idverde shared insights into the vital role insects play in our ecosystems. Our blog post, “Spring has sprung,” highlighted the importance of early pollinators like bees and butterflies, which find nourishment in the blossoms of spring flowers. As nature awakens, so do the insects.

Supporting Bats in our efforts to support wildlife, which rely on insects as their primary diet, have been supported through the installation of bat boxes, ensuring these nocturnal mammals have a safe place to roost.

We also shared spring time blooms at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Wormwood Scrubs, including a Yellow-Legged Mining Bee (Andrena flavipes) sheltering in apple blossom.

Yellow Legged BEe

On World Bee Day, Plantscape part of the idverde family, launched a bee-friendly range of planters filled with nectar and pollen-rich plants, including a new range of habitat enhancing Bee Posts, Habitat Signs, and Zero Irrigation Sand Planters. This initiative aims to promote bee welfare and support the food chain for these essential pollinators. You can find out more here.

Tom Bellamy, idverde/RSPB Biodiversity Manager and the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park spotted 3 new species of bee this Spring. Previous bee records had been submitted by a local bee expert, and it was fantastic to add 3 more to take the total species number to 58.


The new species recorded were Hawthorn Mining Bee (Andrena chrysosceles), Common Mourning Bee (Melecta albifrons) and White-Bellied Mining Bee (Andrena gravida). Tom Bellamy, commented: ‘It has been fantastic to receive all this secondary data from the staff and really makes it feel like we are working together to make the Park better for nature’.

Kate McVay idverde/RSPB Advisor and dedicated volunteers at Wormwood Scrubs have begun their weekly transect survey as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme which will take place each week until September. Every fluttering butterfly contributes to biodiversity and these surveys help us keep track.