Give Bees a Chance!

Thursday 10th December, 2020 - 6:30 pm - 7:35 pm


An Annual Food Agenda on-line event organised by the University of Cambridge

We need bees and bees need our help.  Our expert panel will answer your questions about what can be done, in your garden, on farms and by policy-makers, for a better future for bees and for us all.

Topics our event will cover: 

  • Making gardens more bee-friendly (what to plant for next spring).
  • The latest farming techniques to encourage pollinators.
  • Likely UK government approach to tackling pollinator decline post-Brexit.
  • New scientific advances from University of Cambridge in plant-breeding to favour bees.
  • What pollinator decline means for global food security.Our panel: 
    Dave Goulson  – leading authority on bees in Britain, one of BBC Wildlife’s ten most influential people in conservation, author of numerous hugely-popular books about bees, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Professor at Sussex University.
    Dr Lynn Dicks –  leading expert on agro-ecology, policy and the food and farming industry, and a conservation scientist focused on insect conservation and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the University of Cambridge. 
  • Hamish Symington – researcher into pollination and plant-pollinator interactions at the University of Cambridge, testing bumblebees’ responses to flowers, with a particular focus on strawberries. 
  • Tom Clarke – an ‘accidental fourth generation farmer’, growing sugarbeet, various cereals, potatoes and linseed on about 420 hectares near Ely, helped set up the Ely Nature Friendly Farming Zone in partnership with the RSPB and has a range of pollen and nectar plots across his farm. 
  • Professor Howard Griffiths (Chair), Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, Professor of Plant Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.  

EVENT ALSO INCLUDES CHANCE TO WIN ‘A Sting in the Tale’ or ‘The Garden Jungle’ by Dave Goulson. We have one copy of each book to give away.

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