A PLAY area in Apex Park in Highbridge has been cordoned off due to a colony of masonry bees.

Sedgemoor District Council said it is 'aware' the colony of bees is in the sand of the play area at the park and is urging residents to leave them alone.

A council spokesman, said: "Masonry bees pollinate many different types of plants and their burrowing does not harm vegetation.

"They are non-aggressive and they do not sting.

"Most are active a very short time. After about four-to-six weeks of activity, they disappear for another year."