The annual Bee and pollination festival is being held at the Botanic Garden, Bristol on September 5 and 6.

A world without strawberries, apples and chocolate would be bleak indeed as all these rely on insect pollination. You can find out the very latest stories on how you can help the bees and other vital pollinators; learn about the secret sex life of orchid and join a honey mystery tour.

Main exhibitors include the Avon Beekeepers Association, and their highly popular Honey Festival, the University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences, Butcombe Brewery, Mad Apple Cider, Riverford Organic Farms, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Avon Organic Group, nurseries (such as Cleeve Nursery) selling insect-friendly plants, and wildlife charities including RSPB and the global Bees for Development.

Demonstrations and talks will range from beekeeping techniques and the workings of a live hive, to research projects about urban pollinators, how to build insect hotels and weave enchanting willow sculptures.

Entrance £4.50, including tours. Free to Friends, children, University staff and students. Refreshments.

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