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Chance to help beleaguered bees get wildflower haven at Brockholes Nature Reserve

Posted on - 30th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Events, News, Wildlife and Conservation
Bluebells in Brockholes Nature Reserve by Daniel McCormick

Bluebells in Brockholes Nature Reserve by Daniel McCormick

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth are teaming with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in search for volunteers to help create a wildflower haven for local bees in its Brockholes Nature Reserve on Monday 3rd October at 10am.

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As part of the Bee Cause Campaign, the site is one of three Bee Worlds that will be planted by Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth this autumn, with more than over 200 Bee Worlds springing up around the country.

Since 1945 a devastating 97 per cent of our wildflower-rich meadows have been lost, and the Bee Cause campaign, along with Friends of the Earth, are now committed to creating 180 bee-friendly patches in towns and rural areas across the UK.

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Permission has been granted for the group to transform a 50m space around the Labyrinth, built in March 2016 by volunteers, into a glorious wildflower garden featuring long-lasting and beautiful flowers, providing threatened local pollinating insects with vital food.

Volunteers will help prepare soils and sowing seeds at the Labyrinth, just above the main Brockholes car park on Preston New Road, PR5 0AG.

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth at Brockholes Nature Reserve – pictured from left to right, Jasber Singh, John Lamb, Carol Wilson, Nick Danby, Simon Wilson

John Lamb from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust said: “With Britain’s bees in serious decline this is a great opportunity for people of all ages to come along, have fun and help protect these crucial pollinators.

“New habitat like this is being created up and down the country.

“This is not only good news for bees, it also sends a strong message to Government that it must take urgent action to protect them too.”

Carol Wilson of Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth said: “It’s really important that we make more spaces available like this in our communities for bees and other pollinators to feed and flourish. Local action is vital to save our bees but we all have a part to play. I’ll do everything I can to save bees.”

For further detail on the Bee Cause campaign or to get involved with the planting of the Brockholes Bee world please contact Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth on Facebook or just turn up on the day and get stuck in.

Children are especially welcome.

Will you be volunteering to create the wildflower haven? Are you a volunteer for Friends of the Earth? Let us know in the comments below

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