Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

Save our Pollinators

In her BBC2 TV Series 'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms' Sarah Raven explores this important issue and discovers ways we can help reverse the trend.

Bee populations and other pollinating insects are in crisis. It’s a complex problem that scientists the world over are trying to fathom. The prognosis is grim - without healthy populations of insect pollinators across the world, Sarah believes our food security could be under threat as pollinating insects are vital to the production of the vast majority of fruits and vegetables.

Backed by recent research, she believes that central to the problem is a lack of food and habitat, leading to the poor health and nutrition of pollinators. A lack of a rich and varied supply of pollen and nectar throughout the year to feed the insect pollination workforce and keep them strong and healthy, could be leaving them vulnerable to the effects of pesticides, pathogens and parasites.


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As governments and scientists debate colony collapse, and species extinctions of Butterflies and Bumblebees, Sarah wants to show that it is possible to make a difference right now, she wants to inspire and inform everyone, no matter where they live – village, town, city or countryside – to plant insect friendly plants.

She believes with small changes in local areas like embracing more wildflowers and insect-friendly plants, then populations of bees, butterflies and pollinating bugs, could help reverse the trend, perhaps stopping extinctions and securing a future for threatened pollinating insects.

To find out more on how to create a meadow or wild flower haven in your garden read Sarah's guides here >>

This programme was aired in February 2012, and then repeated in April 2012.