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Chippindale Foods celebrate bee friendly egg success

This month we have a 'guest blog' - Chippendale Foods.

Egg producer Chippindale Foods has created 16 acres of bee habitat following the success of its Bee Friendly Egg initiative, which was launched three years ago.

The company began its unique collaboration with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2013, setting out to introduce pollen and nectar rich habitats at its egg producing farms in Yorkshire.

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Giving wild flowers a chance

By Aoife O’Rourke, Conservation Officer (SW England)

“ NOTHING is so beautiful as spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look like low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightenings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and bloom, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”

(Excerpt from ‘Spring’, Gerard Manley Hopkins)

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Calon Wen – the bees cheese!

By Sinead Lynch, Conservation Officer, Wales

In spring 2015, I was contacted by David Edge, Chairman of the Calon Wen organic dairy cooperative, who was interested in finding out if there were ways in which the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Calon Wen could work together to make their farms more bumblebee friendly. Cheese is one of my favourite things in the whole world, so I couldn’t resist!

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The Scottish Pollinator Strategy

By Katy Malone, Conservation Officer, Scotland

“You voluble,
Velvety
Vehement fellows
That play on your
Flying and
Musical cellos,
All goldenly
Girdled you
Serenade clover,
Each artist in
Bass but a
Bibulous rover!”

An excerpt from Bees – by Norman Rowland Gale

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The trials and tribulations of managing urban grasslands for pollinators

By Sam Page, Project Development Manager – Making a Buzz for the Coast

I’m writing this blog from the train on my way back from an interesting day out in Bristol.  I’m not normally in that neck of the woods (it’s a bit of a trek from Brighton and Kent where I spend most of my time) – and I didn’t get to see much of Bristol itself – as I was there for a ‘Knowledge Exchange’ workshop on Managing urban grasslands for pollinators run by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the University of Bristol as part of the National Pollinator Strategy.

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