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Crowdfunding project to protect Somerset’s endangered bumblebees

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 20 August 2017

Somerset Wildlife Trust wants help to save our bees. Picture: golfer2015

Somerset Wildlife Trust wants help to save our bees. Picture: golfer2015

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A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to protect an endangered creature which plays a crucial role in the Somerset food chain – the bumblebee.

Since the 1930s, the UK has lost 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows, which has seen the number of pollinators like bees and butterflies plummet too.

Somerset Wildlife Trust therefore wants to raise £5,000 by August 31 to enable it to plant and nurture new enriched wild habitats which it hopes can allow these creatures to flourish once again.

Reserves manager Mark Green said: “Insects pollinate our crops and help provide one in every three mouthfuls of our food; that bowl of strawberries or pint of cider you had wouldn’t exist without them.

“We really hope that the public get behind the crowdfunding campaign so we can raise funds to carry out this work.”

The trusts says ‘any donation, large or small, will make a difference’, and urges people to donate via the new crowdfunding page at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/perry-mead

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