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Bee banks in Hollingbury Woods

woods 7th January 2013: BEES GET NEW HOME IN HOLLINGBURY WOODS


Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth is working with Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods to create a new haven for local bees.

The site is one of 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country as part of Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign.
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The south facing bank, which was previously overgrown, has been transformed into perfect habitat for solitary bees under threat.

The action which took place on 6th January 2013 involved both groups clearing the steep slope to expose chalky soil which some bees love.

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods worked with Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth to create a new haven for local bees in January. Members from both groups lopped, sawed, dug and raked their way through the overgrown south facing bank in Hollingbury Woods to expose bare soil which some bees love.
The site is one of 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country as part of Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign. The new bee havens will commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Lesley Brown,Projects Officer of Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods said
“We are really pleased to be creating a new environment which will not only encourage bees but a whole range of other wildlife in the woods”
In the 60 years since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne a devastating 97 % of our important natural grasslands have been lost.

As part of the campaign The Bee Cause and to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Friends of The Earth has committed to creating 60 bee-friendly patches in towns and rural areas across the UK.

Monica Jennings of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth added
“We hope to encourage a range of solitary bees such as Red Mason Bee, Carpenter Bee and Leafcutter Bee. Solitary bees are important as crop pollinators and we need to ensure they survive.”

Friends of the Earth is urging people to sign a petition to the Prime Minister asking him to create a national "Bee Action Plan".

Notes:

Without bees, food prices will rise. Pollination of crops by bees and other insects is worth over £500 million a year to our economy. It would cost the UK farming industry £1.8 billion to pollinate their crops by hand.

More information about solitary bees can be found here.

UK bee populations are declining rapidly, with a big drop in managed honey-bee colonies and solitary bees, two species of bumble bees have become extinct.

Friends of The Earth is calling on the Government to act by adopting a comprehensive National Bee Action Plan. The Plan would make life better for bees by improving the way we farm our food and plan our towns and cities, and by making sure the Government has the experts it needs to protect our most threatened bees.
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