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British bee boost

A charity is planting rows of wildflowers in Britain to boost declining bee numbers.

The Cooperative - a grocery store chain that also runs a charitable foundation - hopes the wildflowers, which it refers to as "bee roads," will provide a nutritious habitat for pollinators including bees.

In a pilot project launched recently, the group asked farmers to sow flowers such as knapweed and red clover in two long rows that will stretch across the northern English county of Yorkshire.

Conservationists hope long lines of flowers in the countryside will encourage bees to fly over greater distances and cross-pollinate more.

Paul Monaghan, a project spokesman, says Britain has lost 97 percent of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s.


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