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Bedfordshire Golf Club

Bedfordshire Golf Club are working towards becoming as sustainable and as eco friendly as possible.
With several ongoing projects promoting biodiversity, we are also looking at changes we can make as a club to further reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

See some of the projects and changes we are making below:

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Bat & Bird Boxes

Our Greenkeeping Team have built and installed boxes for bats and birds around our courses to provide habitats and homes for our native wildlife.

We hope this will encourage more diverse species to make their home here, and have already seen a variety of birds make use of these.

Recyclable ‘Eco Friendly’ Cups

This summer we changed all of our takeaway cups and lids to the greenest version available.

We want to reduce our use of single use plastics as much as possible, and our new cups contain zero plastic and will degrade naturally with zero impact on the environment.

Reusable Branded Cups

We also have reusable travel cups available to purchase in our Pro Shop, which again limits the use of single use plastics and limits waste.

These come in a few different colours, with plans to expand the range eventually.

Bug & Wildlife Hotels

The Greenkeeping Team have built homes for wildlife and insects using recycled materials from on and off the courses.
These are positioned in areas to create a welcoming and appealing home for native species, both little and large.

Moth Trapping

With volunteers from the local community, we have had a closer look at the species of moths we currently have at the golf club.

Recording over 100 different species (49 macros, 51 micros), we have a diverse variety of moths, and we hope to keep attracting more. They are a crucial part of the ecosystem, and help pollinate the surrounding areas. They also play a vital role in telling us about the health of our environment. Monitoring their numbers and ranges give us a good idea to the changes in our own environment.

See if you spot any on your next round!

Woodland Management

Our woodland areas are managed by our Greenkeeping team, who encourage new growth and new habitats for our wildlife.

Using log piles to create a desirable environment for insects and small mammals, as well as our nesting boxes, the woodland areas are rich in diverse species. Clearing and thinning of dead wood and floor space encourages the beautiful flower species such as bluebells to flourish.

Pro Shop Brands

Our Pro shop team are working with brands to promote environmentally friendly products, and sustainable materials and processes.

Galvin Green – More than 80% of Galvin Green products are sustainable, using Bluesign-approved materials that use minimal water and electricity or potentially harmful chemicals in their fabrication.

Visit their page to see how they are working towards a more sustainable future, and their GEO Sustainable Golf Innovation Partnership:

Galvin Green Sustainability Commitments

Masters Golf – Biodegradable Tees – Masters Tee provide a 100% biodegradable product and packaging. The bamboo tees are ecologically friendly, with bamboo being a great alternative to wood or plastic, and a more sustainable source. The packaging is also 100% biodegradable.

Under Armour – Packaging – Under Armour now ship all items in recyclable packaging, paper and cardboard. No unnecessary plastic is used.

Bee Keeping

During 2023, we have brought in our very own hive of bees, and our Greenkeeper Steve has become our resident beekeeper, increasing the numbers which mean we are on to our third hive already.

Bees are great for the environment, not only being critical in the food and agricultural production, it is estimated that up to 90% of wild plants rely on bees to pollinate and help them survive.

Bees travel for miles gathering pollen and nectar, so they encourage diversity and sustainability throughout the eco system, which will help sustain our own eco system at BGC.

Steve has become an expert in the field, and has his own Youtube channel for you all to take a look at.

Watch this space for Bedfordshire Golf Club’s very own honey!

Visit Steve’s youtube on this link to see more: Bedfordshire Golf Club’s resident bees

Habitats

BGC has a range of natural habitats that make great homes to all different species of wildlife.

The pond on the 14th has a rich variety of animals and insects, including an otter that has been spotted multiple times.

We are hoping to get our very own photos of this shy and elusive character, as well as the kingfishers seen regularly.

Species at BGC

With the help of members, volunteers and people in our local community, we have been able to keep a good track of the species found on our land so far.

With several ongoing projects, such as planting more native shrubs and trees where gorse has been removed, we hope to increase and support the diversity of our plants and wildlife.

See below for the most up to date list of species:

Biodiversity @ BGC Full list Nov 2023

Photos supplied for this page by Staff and Members at the club, including Mark Lewin, Barry Sullivan and Hilary Denny.