All around our Glamping UK accommodation there is a plethora of wildlife and nature to behold, but one species of insect needs some help which has been addressed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
The Trust announced recently that it has launched a new initiative to save the existence of Cornwall’s bees with the Bee Kind Appeal due to the fact that some species of bees are currently on the verge of extinction in the region, with numbers in the Duchy swiftly declining.
So in a conscious effort to counteract this worrying wildlife news, the charity has launched the appeal which is hoped will raise £18,000 to conduct a series of conservation works at the county’s nature reserves which will also include educational programmes.
When talking about the issue Cornwall is being faced with with its under threat bee population, Dee Reeves, trustee at Cornwall Wildlife Trust explained: “Cornwall is home to rare and vulnerable bees.”
“We’re so lucky in Cornwall to have a unique mosaic of habitats, key to these species, that means we can make a real impact on the conservation of these wonderful creatures.”
There are more than 270 species of bees in the UK and 85 per cent of all wild flowers, garden plants and crops rely on pollinating insects like bees to flourish.”
Dee continued: “But changes in habitat, landscape, use of pesticides and climate change are all having an effect on bee populations, the charity says.”
“The trust intends to publish a bumblebee atlas so people can record Cornish bumblebees, as well as guidance sheets on wildlife gardening,” added Reeves.
Reeves went on to say: “Activities for schoolchildren are also being planned to help educate youngsters about the importance of bees The charity has several nature reserves across Cornwall, which attract a variety of bees. It intends to use money from the appeal to improve conditions for bees by clearing scrubs to encourage wild flowers to grow and create a nesting habitat.”
To support the trust’s Bee Kind Appeal, go to www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/beekindappeal, or call 01872 273939.