GET THE BUZZ OF BEE ID
An innovative new bumblebee identification card from Syngenta will enable greenkeepers and golf players to identify some of the insects they may see on the course - especially on the Operation Pollinator wildflower habitats created on out-of-play rough areas.
Launched at BTME in 2012, the handy pocket or club bag sized ID card includes a simple guide to body shape and markings on the 'Big Six' common bumblebees, which may be encouraged to thrive on Operation Pollinator habitat across the UK. Following the guide to identify the species is as easy as 'one, two … bee'.
Syngenta Turf & Landscape Communications Manager, Caroline Carroll, reported the ID card complements the Operation Pollinator Guide to Bees of Great Britain and Ireland Wall Poster, which is provided free to all golf clubs that sign up to participate in the project, along with a bee identification page on the GreenCast website.
"We have had an incredibly positive response from golf clubs to get involved with Operation Pollinator," she said. "They recognise that it's an important initiative that enables the industry to demonstrate that positive management of fairways, greens and tees to offer the ultimate playing experience, can sit perfectly well alongside proactive management of rough areas for ecological gain.
"Operation Pollinator provides the essential help to successfully get started, and the support to enable greenkeepers and club managers gain the all-important support from members, as well as the publicity potential to attract new players," she added.
The ID card is available to all greenkeepers, along with players of clubs involved with Operation Pollinator. The card has been laminated to increase durability and use out on the course.
Bob Taylor, STRI Head of Ecology, welcomes the implementation of environmental initiatives taking place on many golf courses. "The creation of habitats for bumblebees and pollinating insects has wider beneficial implications for a whole range of ecological issues.
"Where we can enhance the playing experience for golfers in an attractive and vibrant environment, without impinging on the quality of golf on the course, it's a win-win for the club and the wildlife it supports," he added.