BOOP 2019 Review

Beyton Old Orchard Project (BOOP) Update 2019

Originally planted in 1956 at a time when Horticulture was a part of the curriculum at Beyton Secondary School, Beyton Old Orchard is now one of the three sites managed by Beyton Environmental Group.

The site now includes a wildlife pond and boasts over 20 varieties of fruit trees including many local and heritage varieties. During the winter the site has an impressive display of snowdrops, then when spring arrives the site becomes home to numerous wildlife species.

The site is managed to encourage insects as well as birds and mammals. Dead and decaying wood is left in situ, grasses are cut to varying heights, (or left uncut), and there are a variety of native flowering plants as well as piles of vegetation for overwintering insects and mammals. A survey of the site this year has currently yielded a total of 128 insect species amongst which have been 18 species of beetle, 14 of butterfly, 22 bees and wasps, 10 dragon/damselflies  and 20 species of hoverfly (including 1 nationally rare species).

Take a look at our BEG Gallery pages to see a few photos (of many!) captured during this year's survey activity.

Steve Robinson