THE excellent wildlife series Bees, Butterflies and Blooms currently showing on BBC2 should be a wake-up call for us all, including our council.
There has been a dramatic decline in the bee, butterfly and other pollinating insect population due to disease, and this is due to the equally dramatic decline in our wildflower population – with many species facing extinction.
The health of bees and other insects is dependant upon them having a wide variety of wild flowers to feed on so as to maintain their immune systems.
Readers may think what a shame, but what has this to do with me?
Well, the extinction of bees and other insects would result in the extinction of those plants that depend on them for pollination – vegetables and fruit plants and trees – which would mean a pretty miserable and unhealthy existence for all of us.
It is therefore in our own interests to do what we can to increase the wildflower population, thereby rescuing the bee and butterfly population, and to have a decent healthy diet.
Those of us with gardens can have a wildflower patch, but the council could make a big contribution by encouraging wild flowers to grow on the large grassed areas beside our roads – instead of mowing them down.
The council should do more by doing less – saving our wildlife, and our hard earned taxes.