St Albans shopping centre hosts conservation day to tackle decline in bees and butterflies

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 April 2017

Christopher Place is hosting a Bee and Butterfly Conservation Day.

Christopher Place is hosting a Bee and Butterfly Conservation Day.

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Christopher Place will be buzzing with activity on Saturday at a special Butterfly and Bee Conservation Day.

With over 20 species of bee now extinct and 35 under threat there has never been a more urgent need to reverse environmental damage.

Taking place between 11am and 4pm, the event will bring the public into contact with local charitable organisations fighting for bee and butterfly survival.

Centre manager Catherine Morris, a keen gardener herself, explained: “We are delighted to be holding this event as it is important that we all do our bit in our own gardens to plant flowers that attract birds and butterflies.”

Representatives from Save Butterfly World, Butterfly Conservation and Friends of the Earth will be attending the event to talk about the cause and hand out wildflower seeds in an effort to begin the conservation process, and local Gorhambury honey will be sold to highlight the cause.

Over the last 60 years we have lost 97 percent of our wildflower meadows due to an increased demand for industrial land, housing and roads, leading to dwindling numbers of butterflies and bees. Friends of the Earth will be asking visitors to join their 2017 Bee Count, in order to compare figures with last year’s 383,759 total.

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