4 AUGUST 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13882
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More than 30 children got a huge buzz from an event at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian near Aberystwyth to raise awareness of the decline in the number of bees around the world.
The children made bee homes from bamboo sticks to hang in their gardens and planted bee-friendly sunflowers before setting off on a bee hunt around the all-ability lakeside trail, which provides an essential habitat for the insect.
The event was organised by Forestry Commission Wales, which runs the popular visitor centre nine miles east of Aberystwyth, in association with BBC’s Bee Part Of It campaign.
The event was one of a series of Junior Rangers events being held every Wednesday at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian and aimed to draw attention to what has been described as a "catastrophic" decline in bumblebee numbers.
Bumblebees play a vital role in feeding people through the pollination of crops but their numbers have declined worldwide, largely due to the loss of flowers and other habitats they need to survive in the countryside.
There are four or five species of bee to be seen in Nant-yr-Arian, with the white tailed bumblebee the most common at this time of year.
“Our bumblebee event was a fantastic way to create awareness of our declining bee populations and hopefully we have helped to highlight the need for their preservation,” said Gareth Owen, FC Wales Recreation Manager.
The Junior Rangers events run through the summer holidays until 25 August and include bat walks, basket making and den building. Booking is required for all these events. For more information contact Sarah Cookson on 01970 890453.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
Medai enquiries to Forestry Commission Wales Information Officer Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922.