New BBC2 TV series, Bees, Butterflies & Blooms, announced

Writer, broadcaster and gardener Sarah Raven is on a mission to halt the rapid decline in honey bees and pollinating insects by bringing flower power to towns, cities and countryside through a new BBC TV series, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms.

beekeeping - image:BBC
beekeeping - image:BBC

As governments and scientists debate bee colony collapse, and extinctions of butterfly and bee species, Raven wants to show that, by planting insect-friendly plants, whether in cites, towns or in the country, it is possible to make a difference right now.

Programme 1: Villages, farms & countryside (Wednesday 21st  September, BBC2, 8pm)

With an estimated 98 per cent of Britain's traditional wildflower meadows and grasslands already lost, Raven takes her mission out into the countryside, to encourage British famers and rural communities to help re-create a network of crucial habitats for wild pollinators.

Programme 2: Towns, gardens, and Britain in Bloom (Wednesday 28th September, BBC2, 8pm)

Britain’s army of passionate gardeners are perfectly placed to support bees and pollinators, but traditional bedding displays tend to contain highly hybridised plants that offer little nutrition to bees and pollinating insects.

Raven tries to convince the traditional gardeners of Harrogate that championship-wining floral displays can be insect-friendly too.

Programme 3: Cities & the Urban Landscape (Wednesday 5th October, BBC2, 8pm)

Raven sets out to dispel the myth that cities are no place for bees, butterflies and insect friendly planting, by showing Birmingham City Council parks department that what's good for the health of insects is also good for city dwellers.

The producer is Andy Vernon and executive producer is Sarah Moors.

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