BIGGA SURVEY TO HIGHLIGHT INDUSTRY ACTION FOR POLLINATORS
Wildflower habitats make golf courses a more attractive place for pollinators, and for players.
Too often golf courses get a bad press - portrayed as ecological green deserts. Yet the reality is that, thanks primarily to the efforts of greenkeepers and clubs, many are outstanding havens for wildlife. None more so than initiatives on many courses to create wildflower habitats that are an oasis for pollinating insects and a wealth of biodiversity.
BIGGA is working in conjunction with Syngenta and STRI to champion the positive action for pollinators greenkeepers are doing on golf courses throughout the country.
We need to find out how much new habitat you have created or restored around the course over the past five years? From your responses, we can calculate the invaluable contribution of the golf industry to conservation and ecological enhancement.
At Syngenta we are keen to find out if you are part of Operation Pollinator, but it is really all about the total area of wildflowers golf courses have added to the environment.
We do also need to know if you haven't made any new wildflower areas, in order to calculate the average per club and the overall industry contribution.
Please answer just 10 questions to help us to reward the efforts of greenkeepers in being custodians of the countryside, alongside producing great courses.
Just consider, one hectare of wildflower habitat created or restored on a golf course is equivalent to 1250 families sowing a 4m x 2m wildflower border at home! As an industry, over 2800 golf courses could collectively have a huge impact in protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
We can all get a buzz from golf's blooming marvellous creation of wildflower resources.