Bee cre­ative

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THE RHS and Wildlife Trusts have launched a cam­paign to help wild bees by urg­ing gar­den­ers to do more to cre­ate habi­tats as the pol­li­na­tors emerge from their nests in early spring to for­age.

In the coun­try­side, 97% of low­land meadow has been lost and the de­crease in suit­able habi­tats isn’t just con­fined to ru­ral ar­eas. The net­work of 15 mil­lion gar­dens that once formed ‘green cor­ri­dors’ for wildlife are dis­ap­pear­ing at an alarm­ing rate; the num­ber of front gar­dens that have been paved over has tripled in the past decade.

Any­one who wishes to help can down­load a bee-friendly gar­den­ing guide at www.wild­about­gar­densweek.org.uk; there’s also a photo com­pe­ti­tion on Twit­ter, Face­book and In­sta­gram (#wild­about­gar­dens) and a list of events can be found on the web­site. The Bee Cre­ative in the Gar­den! cam­paign will cul­mi­nate in Wild About Gar­dens Week, from Oc­to­ber 23 to 29.

On the sub­ject of bees, an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Jack­son Foun­da­tion at St Just, Corn­wall, by lead­ing Bri­tish con­tem­po­rary artist Kurt Jack­son ex­plores and cel­e­brates the diver­sity, im­por­tance and cur­rent plight of bees and other pol­li­na­tors. His col­lec­tion of work, which in­cludes mixed me­dia, print, sculp­ture and film, is grounded in his knowl­edge of sci­ence and his ex­pe­ri­ence as a bee­keeper. ‘Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bon­net’ runs un­til Au­gust 19 (www.jack­son­foun­da­tion­gallery. com; 01736 787638).

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