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Chris Skinner sets aside his Norfolk farm for bees
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Concern over declining bee numbers prompted Chris Skinner to act

A farmer in Norfolk has designed his fields to encourage bees to settle in the area and halt their decline.

Chris Skinner has 100 acres of land at High Ash Farm in Caistor St Edmund, Norwich, on which 70 different species of bee collect their nectar.

Because of intensive farming methods, there are not enough wildflowers for bees to thrive and pollinate crops.

"If we lose the bees, it's said that we'll probably become extinct as well," said Chris.

Around 75% of the world's food is made through the pollination of bees and they create millions of pounds for the UK and world economies.

"70% of the UK land area is farmed intensively for agriculture and that is hostile to insects and other creatures out in the countryside, so the important thing is to try and reverse that trend and the decline of bees," said Chris.

There are many bumblebees on Chris' farm, including the buff-tailed and red-tailed bees which are common in Norfolk.

"They're just wonderful. They're social insects like ants. Some bees are solitary but bumblebees live together in harmony," said Chris.

"It's very easy for all of us to do our bit for honeybees, bumblebees and other pollinating insects by planting the sort of plants and flowers they love - either in our gardens or in pots on windowsills or balconies," said Kate Humble, Springwatch presenter and supporter of the BBC's Bee Part Of It campaign.





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