Support your local bees!

Japonica and Beesbee workshop with Bridgit Strawbridge at Carymoor Environmental Centre Castle Cary SomersetToday we have a guest post…
Brigit Strawbridge – who will be at the local Somerset 
Carymoor Environmental Trust this weekend talking about bees.

The plight of bees has very much been in the news of late and their decline in number has been the topic of much debate and sorrow. Only this month a group of MPs called for the government to back an EU wide ban on neonicitinoids, a nicotine-like pesticide spray that has been linked with bee decline. Carymoor Environmental Trust in Somerset are very pleased to be hosting Brigit Strawbridge on 28th April to run a ‘Bee Aware’ day. Brigit’s family were the stars of the TV series ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ but in recent times Brigit has become very active in championing the cause of bees and to advise us how we can all make a difference in helping to support bees.

For a chance to win one £25 ticket for this Sunday’s workshop with Bee Strawbridge, pop over to Somerset fair trade furniture business here: Myakka LIKE and leave a comment with #SaveOurBees

bee workshop with Bridgit Strawbridge at Carymoor Environmental Centre Castle Cary SomersetBrigit says ‘Over the last seventy years we have lost 98% of our once rich and diverse grasslands and wildflowers, as well as most of our small woodlands and hedgerows. This, together with an increase in the use of insecticides and herbicides, has caused greater knock-on effects than many people realise. The disappearance and degradation of these wonderful habitats has drastically reduced the diversity of wild flowers that used to provide such an excellent source of pollen and nectar for some of our now rarer bees. It has also resulted in loss of habitat for many of our small mammals.”

As well as talking about the current challenges faced by bees, Brigit will be explaining the different roles, life cycles and behaviour patterns of honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees. She will also be focussing on practical ways that people can help.

Brigit continues “Bees play a vital role in our environment and we can support them very easily by planting pollen and nectar rich flowers in our gardens and by providing habitat attractive to nesting bees.”

By planting for bees you’ll also be supporting a range of other pollinators too so it’s not just the bees who will benefit. The British Bee Keepers Association publishes an extensive list of trees and plants that can help bees, and with some careful planting you can extend the period that food is available to bees. You can view their list here: www.bbka.org.uk

Carymoor are an environmental education charity and for the past 15 years have been working to restore 100 acres of a capped landfill site into a nature reserve. The reserve now has a mosaic of habitats that support wildlife and over 100 schools visit the site each year. They are very keen to give children a first-hand experience of the natural world. In recent times we’ve had an observational bee hive so children can see honey bees working, which is a terrific way for them to see and understand the process of pollination.

If you’d like more information about the ‘Bee Aware’ day at Carymoor, Somerset or would like to book a place for Sunday please visit their website: www.carymoor.org.uk/bee_aware.html

For a chance to win one £25 ticket for this Sunday’s workshop with Bee Strawbridge, pop over to Somerset fair trade furniture business here: Myakka LIKE and leave a comment with #SaveOurBees

Also, Greenpace UK have set up a link for you to click to email to send to our Environment Minister Owen Paterson, urging him to do more and have a better chance of preventing the UK government’s block of the European ban. #SAVEOURBEES click away! Bzzzzz.

 

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