Our 'Bee & Butterfly Bonanza' will be the first of many events to draw attention to the vital work of our pollinating insects.
There will be stalls, talks, bee-loving plants, games, quizzes, seed-planting, guided bee walks, a bee map, yoga, local beekeepers, refreshments and activities for all ages.
Talks include ‘Bumblebees' & 'Bee Decline’ (Brigit Strawbridge) ‘Wildlife Gardening’ (Briony Baxter, Dorset Wildlife Trust) and ‘Natural Beekeeping’ (Robert Howard).
This event is organised by ‘Bee Friendly Shaftesbury’ and Dorset Wildlife Trust and is supported by Shaftesbury Abbey - whose beautiful herb garden will be open to visitors during the day for a suggested donation of £1.
"The highlight of the day", says Brigit Strawbridge, "will be THE POLLINATOR PARADE at 2pm, led by local primary school children. We want to celebrate the colour and diversity of our beautiful pollinators, so whether you are a child or a grown up, do please come along dressed as your favourite pollinator (bee, butterfly, beetle, bat) and bring a musical instrument if you have one. We’d like to create a big BUZZ!"
Butterflies: "The State of the UK's Butterflies 2015 report provides "further evidence of the serious, long-term and ongoing decline of UK butterflies, with 70% of species declining in occurrence.... and 57% declining in abundance…. since 1976". Butterfly Conservation.