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Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

The world's bees and other pollinating insects are in crisis. It is a complex problem that scientists the world over are trying to fathom, but the prognosis is grim - without healthy populations of insect pollinators across the world, our future food security is under threat. Bees, Butterflies and Blooms is a three-part BBC documentary hosted by Sarah Raven, campaigning for halting the decline in honey bees and insect pollinators with insect friendly flower power. Sarah Raven takes her mission out into the Great British countryside to encourage farmers and village communities to help recreate a network of crucial habitats for struggling bees, butterflies and pollinating insects, and attempts to find out how to make British gardens more pollinator-friendly.

Episode 1 - Villages, Farms and Countryside
Sarah Raven is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in the UK's insect pollinators. She takes her mission out into the Great British countryside to encourage farmers and village communities to help recreate a network of crucial habitats for struggling bees, butterflies and pollinating insects.

Episode 2 - Towns, Gardens and Britain in Bloom
Sarah Raven attempts to find out how to make British gardens more pollinator-friendly. She challenges the RHS Britain in Bloom competition to make their floral displays more nectar and pollen-rich, to help to increase the amount of food and habitat for pollinating insects throughout the spring and summer months.

Episode 3 - Cities
Sarah Raven attempts to find out how to make British gardens more pollinator-friendly. She challenges city parks departments to sow nectar rich modern meadows, and to make their floral displays more nectar and pollen rich to help to increase the amount of food and habitat for pollinating insects.


Related Links
Pollinator - wikipedia
A pollinator is the biotic agent (vector) that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to accomplish fertilization or 'syngamy' of the female gamete in the ovule of the flower by the male gamete from the pollen grain.
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