How to create a garden that’s perfect for pollinators

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MOST people are aware that bees are in trouble. Due to factors including habitat loss, use of pesticides and a mysterious phenomenon called colony collapse disorder – when most of a hive’s workers just buzz off – many bee species are seeing downturns in their numbers worldwide.

There have also been declines in other pollinating insects, such as hoverflies, which, like bees, rely on sugar-rich nectar from flowering plants. The amount of nectar in England and Wales fell by about a third in the past century, mainly due to changes in farming practices, such as the growing use of …

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