Could your garden be a hive of activity?

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A RECENT appeal for bee lovers with large gardens or plenty of space in Bucks has attracted a lot of interest.

Fourth generation bee keeper Bryan Pilbeam recently appealed via the Advertiser for people to donate safe and secure land to establish and maintain working hives in a bid to secure the future of the honey bee.

Factors such as parasites, bad weather and mis-management of the environment have endangered the insect and put mankind on the brink of a global pollination crisis.

Mr Pilbeam, who keeps more than one million bees at a National Trust property near Aylesbury has been delighted by the response.

He said: “I have been talking with people who are willing to help.

“It’s certainly encouraging. However, we do need more gardens, woodland and farmland.”

If you think you can help email bucksbees@hotmail.co.uk or call 07557 375172.

Mr Pilbeam and his twin eight-year-old boys have also set up www.bigblittleb.co.uk in a bid to raise the profile of bee keeping to appeal to a younger audience.

The site offers factual advice and an opportunity to buy British handmade beeswax soap – a percentage of which goes towards the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust (BBCT).

You can also follow them on Twitter @pimpmyhive.