Channel 4 documentary to show how farmers can help increase bee numbers

TV presenter and farmer Jimmy Doherty has enlisted Suffolk farmer Graham Denny for his latest TV campaign, Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue which looks at what we can all do to help increase the number of bees and other pollinators.

The show will demonstrate how the public, businesses and local government can all help to solve the problem and, of course, the vital role farmers like Mr Denny can play.

He was selected to appear because of his conservation successes, which include increasing the number of farmland birds such as song thrushes, lesser redpoll and the iconic turtle dove, was recently highlighted in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust initiative, Working for Wildlife.

Mr Denny commented: “My interest in conservation came from my father Henry and my grandfather Victor who used to feed turtle doves and other songbirds in the yard with rolled barley and wheat. The birds became quite tame and were very much part of the farm. It is hard to believe not long ago there were so many starlings and sparrows they were considered pests.”

Discussing the programme, Jimmy comments: “Since I was a kid, bees have declined so much one species has even become extinct. We need to do everything we can to reverse this trend because they are more vital to our lives than we realise. I’ve been passionate about insects since I studied entomology, and I’d love to get people all across the UK to join my campaign and help Britain’s bees.”

The second episode of Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue airs on Channel 4 on Saturday 5 September at 8pm.

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