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Last year over 16,000 peo­ple took part in the Great Bri­tish Bee Count which was fea­tured on the BBC’S “Spring­watch”. They recorded more than 300,000 bees pro­vid­ing valu­able in­for­ma­tion that can be used to pro­tect these pre­cious pol­li­na­tors.

Suit­able for all ages, the Great Bri­tish Bee Count takes place this year be­tween 17th May and 30th June and if you’d like to take part you can reg­is­ter at www.greatbri­tish­

When I reg­is­tered, I was amazed to learn how many dif­fer­ent species of bee there are — we have over 260 in Bri­tain! I’ve also found out from the web­site how to make my gar­den more bee-friendly. Sug­ges­tions in­clude grow­ing pollen and nec­tar-rich flow­ers of dif­fer­ent shapes from tubu­lar to open-headed; keep­ing some weeds such as dan­de­lions and clover; mak­ing sure there is a shal­low bowl of clean rain­wa­ter with some peb­bles in the bot­tom for bees to land on in hot weather; plant­ing through the sea­sons so there is al­ways food, and, of course, avoid­ing pes­ti­cides.

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