An added benefit of willow spiling

Maybe my shortest blog ever!  Just over a year ago I wrote about the woven willow panels or spiling being used to manage erosion on the banks of the river Wear in Durham.  I talked about the benefits of ‘soft’ erosion control and how the roots of the willow help to stabilise the bank.

Yesterday, however, in warm March sunshine I encountered a benefit I hadn’t thought of. The goat willow saplings lining the bank by the university sports grounds are covered in catkins and were absolutely buzzing with pollinators – an important early source of nectar and pollen.  I couldn’t get close enough to photograph the insects without risking an unscheduled bath, unfortunately, but I think you can get the picture!

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