Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth is working with Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods (FHBW) to create a new haven for local bees. The site is one of 60 ‘Bee Worlds’ springing up around the country as part of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign.

red mason beeThe south facing bank is currently overgrown and will be transformed into perfect habitat for solitary bees under threat.

The action will take place on January 6th 2013 and both groups will be clearing the steep slope to expose chalky soil which some bees love.  If you’d like to get involved, please contact: Monica Jennings on 07712038533  or monica_jennings@hotmail.co.uk, or email: info@fhbw.org.uk.

Lesley Brown, Projects Officer at FBHW said: “We are really pleased to be creating a new environment which will not only encourage bees but a whole range of other wildlife in the woods”

In the 60 years since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne a devastating 97 % of our important natural grasslands have been lost. As part of the campaign The Bee Cause and to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Friends of The Earth has committed to creating 60 bee-friendly patches in towns and rural areas across the UK.

Monica Jennings of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth added: “We hope to encourage a range of solitary bees such as Red Mason Bee, Carpenter Bee and Leafcutter Bee. Solitary bees are important as crop pollinators and we need to ensure they survive.”

Friends of the Earth is urging people to sign a petition to the Prime Minister asking him to create a national “Bee Action Plan”. http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_petition_35038.html

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