Hazel Southam - Journalist

Pupils aim to save bee from extinction

Sunday Telegraph 15 April 2018: Children in Cornwall are taking a break from their English and maths lessons to save an endangered bee.
The long-horned bee, which lives in the soft cliff faces by Cornish beaches and on local meadow flowers, is nearly extinct in the county.
The number of areas it thrives in has reduced from 24 at the end of the Second World War, to just seven.
Ecologist Paddy Saunders told The Sunday Telegraph: “Coastal erosion is knocking the bees’ nests out of the cliffs. We have also seen a 97 per cent reduction in meadows since the Second World War so the bees are starved because of lack of flowers.”
Children from schools in Trythall and Mousehole have teamed up to grow plants the long-horned bee feeds on, such as vetches, everlasting peas and broad beans. The pupils, aged between nine and 11, have persuaded local companies – including a pub and a coastguard station – to let them grow plants on their land.
Mat Stevens, head of Trythall Community Primary School, said: “The children were determined to save the bee, to stop another species being wiped out.”
The scheme is part of the Learning Through Landscapes project, involving 260 schools. It has received £1.3million of backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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About Hazel

Hazel Southam is an award-winning journalist who reports on religious affairs, international development and the environment. She has covered four G8 Summits.

She wrote for The Sunday and Daily Telegraph for 10 years. Her work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard.

Reporting assignments have taken her to places including Bosnia, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Albania, Nagorno-Karabakh, Senegal and the Arctic Circle.

In the UK, she has also delivered media training to the MOD and leading businesses.

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