MOULTONS PARISH COUNCIL: Members consider options for Moulton Seas End Play Area after bee problem is solved
Ideas for the improvement of Moulton Seas End Play Area are now being considred after the removal of a bee problem there.
Moultons Parish Council was alerted to a swarm bees that had made their home in a mound on the play area off Seas End Road during the summer.
A bee specialist was called in by parish councillors last month to look at the insects and identify whether or not they were a rare species.
Parish clerk Carol McKenzie said: "It had been drawn to the council's attention that there was a bee problem in the mound within the play area.
"Urgent action had to be taken so the area was fenced off after which the council was made aware that bees could get through the fencing.
"This stopped youngsters from climbing up and down the mound so the council contacted Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in order to find the best way forward."
A bee specialist eventually visited Moulton Seas End Play Area in early October and Mrs McKenzie said: "It was discovered that there was a solitary bee feeding on the flowers of an ivy plant, whilst burrowing its way into the soil to lay eggs.
"The bees did not swarm like honey bees but as there was no 'Queen' to follow, they would have remained in the mound.
"This left the council with two options, either use a pesticide to kill off the bees and their habitat or relocate them.
"As bees are natural pollinators and, therefore, greatly needed, the council chose to relocate them."
During a meeting on Tuesday, councillors learned that the bees' removal during a one-day closure of the play area cost nearly £500.
Mrs McKenzie said: "The council did everything correctly according to the advice given and now the plan is to remove all the ivy from the play area to stop this happening in the future.
"The area where the mound was removed from will now be treated and seeded until such time as the council decides what to put in its place."
The play area, which cost nearly £50,000, was originally opened in summer 2014 and includes multi-play units, swings, springers, rockers, roundabouts and trails, along with picnic tables for children and parents.