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    Where are all the bees?

    It’s December. The autumn colours have disappeared, the days are getting darker and long summer days seem a distant memory. Us humans prepare for winter by wrapping up warm and spending the majority of our time inside, but how do bees survive this harsh season?

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    Highlights from the National Seed Bank of Wales

    After another successful year of seed collecting the National Seed Bank of Wales is now an important resource for conservation in Wales, Biophilic Wales’ Conservation Assistant, Elliot Waters, takes you through some of the highlights from our collections.

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    Guide to August’s Wildflowers

    As the end of summer approaches there are still many floral delights to find. Here are a few species to look out for.

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    Top plant families for pollinators in August

    The National Botanic Garden of Wales is leading research using DNA barcoding to understand the foraging preferences of pollinating insects. Based on their results so far, we asked the Botanic Garden’s scientists to let us know some of the best plants to attract pollinators in August. Here are their top six plant families. Be sure to avoid double flowered varieties.

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    Pollinator of the day #7 – Eristalis pertinax

    One of our most common hoverflies, this species belongs to a group of hoverflies that resemble honeybees. This particular Eristalis has a long abdomen with the distinguishing feature being its first two sets of legs are yellow. They can be seen from spring through to the end of summer within a variety of habitats from […]

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    Pollinator of the day #6 – Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)

    These small striking red beetles are a very common sight within meadows during the summer. Adults of this beetle feed on nectar and pollen, making them excellent pollinators and they can often be found on flowers in mating pairs (or sometimes more!). Plants with open flowers such as hogweed and cow parsley are particularly favoured […]

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