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).