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Jimmy Doherty's latest TV show 'Big Bee Rescue' to star Suffolk farmer

A farmer is to star on TV presenter Jimmy Doherty's latest show which looks at boosting bees and other pollinators in Britain.

Graham Denny, of Brewery Farm in Little Stonham , is known for his conservation successes, particularly increasing farmland birds.

He will appear on the second episode of Jimmy's Big Bee Rescue on Channel 4 on Saturday, September 5 at 8pm.

Jimmy Doherty and Graham Denny
Jimmy Doherty and Graham Denny

As a third of Britain’s bee species have declined since 1980, fellow Ipswich farmer Jimmy will demonstrate how the public, businesses and councils can help to solve the problem and the vital role farmers such as Graham can play.

Graham said: "My interest in conservation came from my father Henry and my grandfather Victor who used to feed turtle doves and other songbirds in the yard with rolled barley and wheat.

"The birds became quite tame and were very much part of the farm. It is hard to believe not long ago there were so many starlings and sparrows they were considered pests."

Bees enjoying the sunflowers on Graham's farm
Bees enjoying the sunflowers on Graham's farm

He was recently highlighted in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust initiative Working for Wildlife.

Jimmy Doherty, known for Jimmy's Farm in Ipswich, said: "Since I was a kid, bees have declined so much one species has even become extinct.

"We need to do everything we can to reverse this trend because they are more vital to our lives than we realise.

"I’ve been passionate about insects since I studied entomology, and I’d love to get people all across the UK to join my campaign and help Britain’s bees."

Graham is one of many practical land managers who have signed the Working for Wildlife pledge, calling for conservation to embrace a more positive approach – one that empowers those with a detailed knowledge of their own land to make a long-term commitment to conservation and embrace the views of the local community.

Visit www.workingforwildlife.co.uk/sign-the-pledge/

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