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Meadows give bees a boost

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An endangered species of bee has been helped to thrive thanks to two “exemplary” (very good) UK sites, says the National Trust. Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset and Rainham Marshes in Essex have helped the shrill carder bee recover. Since the 1950s, 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeare­d, causing problems for many bee species. Wild bees are important as they pollinate plants, which means they move pollen from one plant to another, which allows lots of flowers, fruits and vegetables to grow.

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