Two Suffolk farming brothers are aiming to feed a million bumblebees this year, after sowing 33 hectares (the equivalent of 83 football pitches) with nectar rich plants including Clover and Mallow. A trial last year showed that on average 12 bumblebees were seen feeding in each square metre, leaving the brothers confident that this year they can reach one million bees.
With bee populations declining, and around a third of the world’s food dependent on them, this project seeks to restore the balance in nature. By planting a diverse array of plants it not only encourages bees, but also birds, insects and mammals. Could this encourage farmers to include a diverse range of bee friendly flowers in their fields alongside more traditional crops?