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Planting for Wildlife: Encourage Pollinators

97% of our wildflower meadows have been eradicated since World War II. Homes for butterflies, bumblebees and moths are disappearing, and their populations are plummeting. They are, quite simply, running out of places to go Butterfly Conservation

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A collaboration between Channel 4 TV Doctor, Dr Amir Khan,  Butterfly Conservation and Bumblebee Conservation Trust is hoping to encourage people to grow plants which will encourage wildlife.

Link to downloadable guide: Insect A & E

Julie Williams, CEO of Butterfly Conservation commented:

“We are very excited to join forces with Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Dr Khan not only to raise awareness of the threats to our amazing insects but also to offer workable options for people keen to attract pollinators into their gardens.

“It is wonderful when we can live alongside the beauty of nature and enjoy its many physical and mental benefits. We hope that people across the UK will set up Insect A&Es to help sustain and support our very important and beautiful insects”.

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Gill Perkins, CEO, Bumblebee Conservation Trust said:

“Any initiative to help provide food for bumblebees and other pollinators is welcome! We know that every little helps when it comes to providing food sources for bees.

“It’s important for people to grow the right type of bee-friendly flowers and the information available through ‘Insect A&E’ helps people make the right choices for the health of the planet.”

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