Parish has bee in its bonnet on conservation

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A PENNINE parish council is organising a survey of a plot of land with a view to it being preserved as a wildlife area including a colony of bumblebees.

Hunshelf Parish Council is carrying out the survey at the Paddock, a two-and-a-half acre plot of land known as the Isle of Skye.

It was once used for grazing sheep.

Parish council clerk David Horsfall said the survey was being carried out in conjunction with DEFRA.

He said: “The land is a nesting place for a colony of bumblebees and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust are in favour of the land being preserved and managed as a wildlife area.”

The parish council has agreed to make funds available if necessary for the preservation of the land as a wildlife area.