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RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

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Radio 4 interviews Plants for Bugs

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 03 Jun 2011 at 09:09 AM


Helen with Jo from Radio 4's Saving Species spot insects during recording last week


Well, you know what they say about working with media and animals... exhausting! But very exciting too. Word has obviously got round about Plants for Bugs since we've started attracting some attention in the press. And we couldn't have asked for better coverage than Radio 4's Saving Species programme.


Last Thursday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon getting to meet and work with Jo Pinnock (see in pics above and below) and Andrew Dawes, recording a 6 minute piece for the programme. It aired on Tuesday at 11am and was repeated last night at 9pm.


As anybody who has ever been involved with radio production knows, it is a long old business. Lots of clips that seemed good at the time but were ruined by a helicopter or tractor (well, we are at Wisley!) going passed. We also had to keep ducking into the shelter of a big conifer hedge as rain showers came and went. But we got there in the end and I have to say a big thumbs up to Andrew for pulling together all the best bits into the final interview. To listen again, click here - the Plants for Bugs story begins just after 8 minutes in.


Do let us know what you think.



Above you can see I'm pointing out to Jo a bumblebee nest discovered in the heart of a patch of garden pinks on one of the beds. Below I've had a go at photographing one of its inhabitants making its way back into the nest (below soil level). I've left the image large so you can see the bumblebee in the centre but those eagle-eyed among you will also spot a large snail hiding out in this nice bit of foliage!








Anonymous said:

Most. Interesting and educational. Excellent!

on 03 Jun 2011 at 10:41 AM

Anonymous said:

Most interesting and very educational. Are the three sections accessible to visitors?

on 03 Jun 2011 at 10:45 AM

Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs said:

Yes they are. We have two trial sites at Wisley; one of these is fully accessible to visitors to the gardens, the other is simply a replicate site. Visitors get to see 18 3 by 3 metre beds subdivided into the three treatments; British natives, Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. They are all clearly marked with bed plans. A garden map collected from the entrance shows the Plants for Bugs beds marked at the end of the Pinetum. Do come and see for yourself!

on 03 Jun 2011 at 10:53 AM