12 Days of Christmas- Day 11

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Today’s 12 Days of Christmas challenge is arguably the most challenging, but we are sure you can do it.

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Did you know that in the top 10 of UK’s most endangered species are hedgehogs, turtle doves, red squirrels but also that 6 out of the 10 are in fact insects?

Insects play a vital role in our ecosystem. Not only providing food for our birds and other small mammals, but also pollinating plants, trees and grasses.

The most vital insect in this process is of course the bee. Honey Bees, wild and domestic perform around 80% of the planet’s pollination. The humble bee is facing great challenges right now. Whole hives decimated by disease. Bee keepers in the US reporting up to 50% losses. They need our help.

By protecting the environment and habitat of these wild animals, we can help them survive and thrive as us humans encroach ever further into their spaces, so today we are asking you to plant something to help feed our insect friends.

You don’t have to have a lot of money or a lot of space to plant something. If you have some outdoor space, order some free seeds online, save a sapling that will otherwise be cut down or crushed by traffic,or plant some bulbs. If you have no outdoor space, you can still grow things in pots – even old margarine tubs will do – on your windowsill. You can grow herbs to use in your kitchen, or bulbs to grow as gifts for next spring. You’ll get the satisfaction of nurturing something, and our creepy-crawly friends will thank you for it.

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