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The Plight of the Bumblebee Collection

There are currently 24 species of bumblebee resident in Britain. Another, the short-haired bumblebee is currently being reintroduced after going extinct in 1988. Yet sadly, the story of bumblebees over the past century has been one of decline. Two species became extinct in the UK during the 20th century and a further eight species are currently listed on at least one of the English, Welsh and Scottish conservation priority species lists due to their large-scale declines in distribution.

These declines have occurred mainly because of changes to the way the countryside is managed. First the mechanisation of agriculture; then later the public demand for cheap food, the need for ever-greater quantities of food and crops, and the increasing reluctance to buy ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables, have all conspired to reduce the nationwide density of the flowering plants on which bumblebees feed, as well as the sheltered corners in which they nest and overwinter. Rachel has the ability to bring matters of importance into her art for others to appreciate and take notice. This was her intention when she started work on her latest ‘bee project’.

The Pollinators - Jug
Numbered Edition

The Pollinators JU7 Jug

£370.00

‘My “Pollinators” collection focuses on a variety of flowers that attract bees. We can all perhaps p..

The Pollinators - Plaque
Numbered Edition

The Pollinators PLQ 10 Plaque

£415.00

‘My “Pollinators” collection focuses on a variety of flowers that attract bees. We can all perhaps p..

The Pollinators - Vase
Numbered Edition

The Pollinators 365/12 Vase

£665.00

‘My “Pollinators” collection focuses on a variety of flowers that attract bees. We can all perhaps p..

Bilberry Bee - Plaque
Limited Edition

Bilberry Bee PLQ 7 Plaque

£145.00

Four plaques feature four species of endangered bees and the flowers attractive to them. The bilberr..

Broken Belted Bee - Plaque
Limited Edition

Broken Belted Bee PLQ 7 Plaque

£145.00

Four plaques feature four species of endangered bees and the flowers attractive to them. The broken-..

Great Yellow Bee - Plaque
Limited Edition

Great Yellow Bee PLQ 7 Plaque

£145.00

Four plaques feature four species of endangered bees and the flowers attractive to them.  The great ..

Large Garden Bee - Plaque
Limited Edition

Large Garden Bee PLQ 7 Plaque

£145.00

Four plaques feature four species of endangered bees and the flowers attractive to them.  The large ..

Just Bee-Cause - Vase
Limited Edition

Just Bee-Cause 62/7 Vase

£530.00

Committing to her project to raise awareness of the decline of the bee, Rachel created a modern desi..

Seasonal Bees - Ginger Jar
Limited Edition

Seasonal Bees 769/6 Ginger Jar

£515.00

The hairy-footed bee appears on pulmonarias, representing spring. The common carder bee appears on f..

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