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Friday, August 08, 2008

Bees - some positive news for a change

Farmers often get a bad press (and sometimes from me), so a big round of applause for the Southall brothers from Norchard Farm, near Stourport, who decided to take part in a programme where field margins were left uncultivated to encourage insect life.

Mike Southall found an all black bumblebee with an orange beard and this has subsequently been identified as Bombus Ruderatus and is one of the most precarious balanced bee species in the country.

The brothers have joined Operation Bumblebee to ensure the way they manage their land also helps the environment. The project encourages growers to establish a special mix of wild red clover and other native flowering plants.


Toffeeapple said...

Well hooray for the Southall brothers! If only others could be pursuaded. It is such good news.

Jan said...

Applause here from me too, not often I have a good word to say about farmers.... ;o)

oldcrow61 said...

Hats off to the Southall brothers. Great to hear a good news story.

Yoke said...

Great news, Pete;

I've got Red Clover growing in my front "garden" but I doubt it is the part of your men's special mix.

{White Clover too.