Well, I mean, what did you think we were going to do for "X"? I don't have a xylophone or an x-ray machine!
For the second day in a row we decided to make a bee census in the garden. And a sorry site it was, again. Below is all we have seen, including one recently 'xpired bumblebee.
Today we learnt that in 2010 it was estimated that 150 - 200 species of plant, insect, bird or mammal was becoming extinct every 24 hours. I don't know if this has improved in the last 7 years but its quite a thought.
Some species that are endangered are protected, but its not just the glamour pusses like tigers. Bumblebees are a good example of an endangered insect. In the USA at least one species of bumblebee has recently been listed as endangered and they continue too decline here in the UK.
They are lovely creatures and very important because they are great pollinators, and consequently have an important hand in the production of much of the food that we eat.
Since 1900 Britain has lost around 13 Species of Bee [>]
The answer? Well at least on a small garden scale; more bloomin' flowers!
If you want to do something to help arrest their decline you can take part in The Great British Bee Count. This program aims to assess more accurately this decline in order to help scientists and the government take steps to protect their environments. The Bee Count started on the 19th of May but its not too late (I think) to join in as all information is valuable.