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Bumblebees: talk in Crediton
March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr Cathy Horsley: Bumblebees and their conservation
The food group has a long-held interest in bees and pollinators, and we are thrilled to be able to introduce Dr Cathy Horsley from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to help us learn more about these beneficial insects and how we can all help them to survive and thrive. Find out about their ecology, how to recognise them, threats that they face, and how to get involved in supporting bumblebees and other pollinators.
Admission: £2.50 on the door. Cake is a possibility.
B-Lines for Crediton?
Dee Ross and John Craythorne
Much has been reported recently about the global collapse in insect life. As David Attenborough has said, ‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’
Bees are especially crucial as far as humanity is concerned, because of their role as pollinators.
Buglife, The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, has responded by developing the B-Line Hub. The B-Lines are a network made up of a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through our countryside and towns; an imaginative and beautiful solution to the problem of loss of flowers and pollinators. They link existing wildlife areas together, creating a network, like a railway, that will weave across the British landscape.
A map of B-Lines identified so far is here. Most of Devon, including our corner, is so far blank!