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Jimmy's Big Bee Rescue

  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

With Britain's bees disappearing fast, Jimmy Doherty shows us that we can all help reverse the decline, as he confronts the crisis and asks us to join him in the battle to rescue Britain's bees

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Episode 1: Jimmy's Big Bee Rescue

Summary

Part one of two. Jimmy Doherty leads a project to stem the decline of Britain's bee population, recruiting farmers, council planners and residents of Peterborough to join him in a new conservation project. In the first episode, Jimmy discovers the reasons for the reduced numbers, considers the results of a mass bee count across Peterborough and the surrounding countryside, and organises a plan to plant thousands of wildflowers.

Review

Jimmy Doherty embarks on a noble undertaking. He wants to educate us on the threat to wild bees and start initiatives to help them. Wild bees, note, not honey bees. We’re told that of the 250 species in the UK (yes, 250!) all but 20 or so are solitary bees that nest in small holes and burrows.

Honey bees often have human help, but wild bees are on their own, relying on flower nectar in a landscape where we destroyed 98% of wildflower habitat in the 20th century.

One answer is re-seeding "bee corridors" in cities and on farmland. It makes you wonder, why should farms be the only type of business having to shave a chunk off their income for the good of the planet?

How to watch

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Credits

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PresenterJimmy Doherty

Crew

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Executive producerRoss Harper
Series producerPaul Bithrey

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  • Episode 1

    Jimmy's Big Bee Rescue

    Summary

    Part one of two. Jimmy Doherty leads a project to stem the decline of Britain's bee population, recruiting farmers, council planners and residents of Peterborough to join him in a new conservation project. In the first episode, Jimmy discovers the reasons for the reduced numbers, considers the results of a mass bee count across Peterborough and the surrounding countryside, and organises a plan to plant thousands of wildflowers.

    Review

    Jimmy Doherty embarks on a noble undertaking. He wants to educate us on the threat to wild bees and start initiatives to help them. Wild bees, note, not honey bees. We’re told that of the 250 species in the UK (yes, 250!) all but 20 or so are solitary bees that nest in small holes and burrows.

    Honey bees often have human help, but wild bees are on their own, relying on flower nectar in a landscape where we destroyed 98% of wildflower habitat in the 20th century.

    One answer is re-seeding "bee corridors" in cities and on farmland. It makes you wonder, why should farms be the only type of business having to shave a chunk off their income for the good of the planet?

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterJimmy Doherty

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerRoss Harper
    Series producerPaul Bithrey
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