Learn about pollinators from the experts at free West Sussex event

Passionate about pollinators? Buzzing about bees?

A bee makes the most of the plentiful blossom in Hotham Park
A bee makes the most of the plentiful blossom in Hotham Park

West Sussex County Council is hosting a free event this February for anyone eager to learn more about protecting local pollinators.

Taking place online, the event will include talks by bee expert Professor Dave Goulson, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, guitarist Richard Durrant and West Sussex County Council’s Youth Cabinet, to delve a little further into how we can all love pollinators better.

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Anyone joining can expect to learn about the importance of bees and pollinators, what work is already underway to protect and enhance pollinator-friendly spaces and how to create bee-friendly habitats at home.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to hear from wildlife experts about how we can all work together to protect bees and pollinators.

“Pollinators play a vital role in our eco-system. Without them we would have far fewer varieties of plants, insects and animals in West Sussex. But the bee population is falling and it’s up to us to take simple steps to protect them. I would really encourage residents to come along to the event and find out more.”

The ‘Who loves a pollinator?’ event will be held on Thursday February 18 from 7pm. Tickets are available here.

Loss of habitats, use of pesticides and climate change are just some of the reasons for the decline in pollinators like butterflies and bees.

The importance of protecting pollinating insects has been highlighted by West Sussex County Council in the Pollinator Action Plan.

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