Five-point plan launched to aid pollinators

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The public is being urged to take five simple steps to help bees and other pollinating insects.

The advice from the Government includes growing more nectar and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees, leaving patches of land to grow wild and cutting grass less often.

People should also avoid disturbing nesting or hibernating insects and think carefully about whether to use pesticides, the Environment Department said. The call comes ahead of the publication of a nationwide strategy for pollinators which the Government is publishing in the autumn.