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Get involved with citizen science on Open Farm Sunday

This blog post comes from Caroline Drummond MBE, LEAF Chief Executive

Insects are estimated to contribute over £400 million per annum to the UK economy and €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy through pollination alone.  Pollinating insects and agriculture need each other. They pollinate crops and agricultural land, which covers 75% of Britain.  In turn, this land is home to much of our wildlife and insects.  The role of the honey bee in pollination has been widely recognised, however, more recently, attention has turned to wild pollinators, such as bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, and butterflies, and their important role in crop production.  This is particularly the case when it comes to crop production, one study found that bumblebees were twice as abundant as honeybees in UK oilseed rape fields.

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Improving sea wall habitats for rare bumblebees

This week I caught up with our Conservation Officer for east England, Sam Page. Over the last seven months, Sam Page, has been working with the Environment Agency to look at ways the sea wall flood defences on the Hoo Peninsula in North Kent can be managed more sensitively for bumblebees.  Read on to see what Sam's been up to.

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