Ideal spots for the bees at port's 'Telebug' B&Bs!

Torbay Weekly

Special 'Telebug Hotels' have popped up in Brixham - from what were originally old red telephone kiosks.

Brixham Town Council has transformed three kiosks into mini wildlife havens amongst residential areas of the town.

The kiosks were adopted by the Town Council as part of British Telecoms ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme and cost just £1 each.

Each kiosk has been given a new lease of life, a fresh coat of red paint and the crowns restored to their former glory.

Telephone signage has been replaced and now proudly displays Brixham Town Council and Telebug Hotel around the tops.

A bug hotel has been cleverly created by our Lengthsmen team using natural materials such as pine cones, bark and canes.

The Telebug Hotel is being trialled in the Edinburgh Road Kiosk over the summer season and if successful will be rolled out to the other two locations at a later date.

Planters brimming with pollinator friendly plants have been attached to the outside of the kiosk - and the bees were soon busy collecting their pollen.

Artwork, in keeping with the wildlife theme, has been commissioned on the Higher Ranscombe Road kiosk. Professional graffiti artist Urban Gypset brought the kiosk to life.

Deputy Town Clerk Linda McGuirk said “The community response to this project has been amazing and it’s not just land based wildlife that we are keen to protect! The town council jumped at the chance to support a new initiative launched by The 365 Sea Swim Challenge CIC to protect local marine life as well."

The Crab Line Recycling Scheme was launched this summer by the community conservation and education group and quickly gathered support from the council and local business who sponsored five Crab Line Recycling Bins.

The bins are located around the harbour, which is a hot spot with tourists and locals crabbing. Local businesses have also pledged to reduce the amount of plastic crab lines they sell and now stock plastic free alternatives.

During the May half term break over 200 crab lines were deposited in the crab line recycling bins! Odyssey Innovations collect the plastic to make ocean kayaks.