Mildenhall Anglican Church

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

Genesis 2:1

Wednesday 22 May 2019 is World Biodiversity Day, a United Nations sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2019 is "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health", which aims to raise awareness of the dependency of our food systems, varied diet and as a result health, on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

Bees are a vital component in our ecosystem through crop pollination. The UK is presently home to almost 300 species of bees ranging from the widely recognised honeybee and bumblebees to over 200 species of solitary bees. However, a recent study indicates that a third of British wild bees and hoverflies are in decline and that if the current trends continue, some species will be lost from UK altogether (an estimated 35 species are currently at risk). The loss of these wild bees, which pollinate food crops and other plants, could create problems in years to come, including the ability to grow food crops. The loss of these insects will also impact upon the wider ecosystem as they provide food sources for birds, amphibians, bats and reptiles, while plants rely on insects for pollination. The decline is thought to be largely as a result of habitat loss and the use of insecticides. What can be done? Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices and green (but flower-barren) garden lawns. Planting a small area of flowers in your garden or in a planter will help provide bees with food. Wildflowers (even those we might classify as weeds) are some of the most important food sources for bees.

So, at St. Marys, in advance of World Biodiversity Day we will be overhauling the Bee World area in the churchyard. Digging out some of the plants that have overtaken the patch and sowing wild flower seeds to support the local bee population. Alongside the preparation of the flower area, there will be bee/ insect themed crafts and a picnic. It would be great if you could join us on Sunday 19 May 16:00 onwards, all help will be very welcome.

World Environment Day is approaching (05 June) and we are working towards achieving Eco Church Award (Silver) please watch out for more upcoming eco-friendly activities, events and opportunities for you to get involved. For more information please speak to Sue or Vicki.