Northamptonshire crop farmer takes part in bee documentary

A bumblebee on a flower
Image caption Mr Farrington said the UK has 40 different species of bumble bee

A Northamptonshire farmer is set to star in a new television series about the decline of bees.

Duncan Farrington, who owns Bottom Farm in Hargrave, near Raunds, will appear on Bees Butterflies and Blooms, on BBC Two later.

The programme will investigate the decline in native bumblebees and other pollinating insects in the country.

Mr Farrington has successfully managed to entice bees onto his land with hedges and wild flowers.

He said many farmers in Northamptonshire already did their best to encourage bees onto their land.

"We've only been doing it for a couple of years but other farmers have been doing it longer and have had fantastic results," said Mr Farrington.

Bottom Farm is run using the Linking Environment And Farming (Leaf) Marque standard, which tries to farm using environmentally-friendly methods.

Jeff Ollerton, reader in biodiversity at the University of Northampton, was also involved in the series.

He said: "Basically we are trying to change ideas of what people plant in their garden."

  • Bees, Butterflies and Blooms is on BBC Two at 20:00 GMT.

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