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What Is Pollination?

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At this time of year, the bumblebees are an excellent example, and they are starving as they will have lost a lot of their fat reserves over winter. Spring flowers are ideal sources of fresh nectar for bumblebees and other insects.

When the insects land on the flowers, they carry the pollen between the flowers of the same type of plant and fertilise them, making more seeds and fruit. These fantastic little creatures are not just doing a lovely favour to our gardens in terms of keeping our flowers flourishing, but they play a vital role in food production and of course, our farming industry. Their hard work ensures we have a plentiful supply of fruit and vegetables and cereals.

Can you think of any flying pollinators you might meet in the garden or park or even on your walk to school?

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Photograph of Polllen

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