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Your humble garden honeybee has rivalled even the polar bear in recent years as the most-fretted-about species, the unexplained decline of bee populations prompting doom-laden invectives about our relationship with nature. Kew Gardens today announced a new campaign to encourage our furry (ish) friends to return: around 20,000 honeybees will be released into two hives in a meadow on the site. Additionally, people will be encouraged to grow more bee-friendly foliage in their gardens, with thousands of packs of seeds being distributed to entice them back to these shores. Kew's meadow will include oxeye daisy and wild clary, both of which are popular bee hangouts, and it would also help if we'd all stop turning hysterical every time a buzzing bee hovers near our picnic baskets — it really makes 'em feel unwelcome.
Last Updated 16 June 2009