Bees at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

A pollinator project is bringing back lost bees

What do the Lost Gardens of Heligan do for nature?

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan are seeing an increased number of bees and butterflies as a result of their new wildflower meadows.

With the loss of Britain’s wildflower meadows and grasslands estimated at around 98 per cent, Heligan say their initiative is a step towards counteracting the decreased population of insects vital to the pollination of fruits and vegetables, which have disappeared, in part, due to the increased use of herbicides.

Heligan have been working with the Roseland Bee Group and B4 in the protection of the Cornish black honey bee which is proving to be more mite resistant than its European cousins and less affected by our wetter climate.

The Insect Hotel

 

 

Resident ecologist Laura Curry has created a number of spaces in the garden to attract pollinators. Most notable is the giant insect hotel, which is bursting with life.

In this film made as part of the Coast Reboot programme, Laura talks about the fact that Solitary bees are really good pollinators and we can all do something to help them.

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